From a story out of the Cleveland Free Times comes news that Lisa Moore, a leading Funky Winkerbean, character will die this fall ending speculation as to whether Tom Batiuk would kill off one his main characters. The story suggests, however, that Lisa’s death may not be from the re-emergent cancer that the current story line is grappling with, but from an “accident.”
The story also hints that there will be other big changes in the strip. Apparently all the characters in the comic strip will age as the feature’s timeline jumps ahead about 10 full years.
It’s an interesting read that will take you back through the history of the feature and some if it’s major plots twists and turns. You’ll also read about Chuck Ayers who does the pencil drafts on Funky and is the artist behind Crank Shaft.
It’s rare for a major character to be killed of on a comic strip (unless you’re Sam Roland, the Tom the Dancing Bug character that has been killed off 17 times now). The last major character to be “offed” was Mort Park from the Rudy Park strip and that garnered a press release from the syndicate last January. I suspect Lisa’s death will generate more than a press release.
Now the only concluding question for Winkerbeaners is if Lisa is Darrin’s biological mother. Might 8-ball says, “yes.”