MEDINA, Ohio – Don’t miss today’s Funky Winkerbean comic strip. It’s the last in a 50-plus-year run. Medina resident and cartoonist Tom Batiuk started the strip in 1972, three years after graduating from Kent State University, where he studied fine art. He announced in November that Funky Winkerbean would end on Dec. 31, 2022.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer and cleveland.com have a featured story about local-ish Tom Batiuk ending the Funky Winkerbean comic strip after fifty years.
The original strip appeared in 78 newspapers. Today, Funky Winkerbean is distributed by North America Syndicate, a division of King Features Syndicate, and appears in 400 newspapers worldwide, including The Plain Dealer.
The article notes that “The final Sunday strip, which ran on Dec. 25, shows more than 50 characters gathering at a church concert.” Tom Batiuk has given us a guide to the congregation.