Cartoonist, Funky Winkerbean, Crankshaft
Tom Batiuk is the creator of the syndicated comic strips Funky Winkerbean (which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2012) and Crankshaft. Tom started Funky in 1972, and since his first groundbreaking story in 1986 about the teenage pregnancy of his character Lisa, he has been hailed as an originator of a new genre in comic strip art. His unique style of “narrative humor” allows him to explore major social issues. Tom employs a gentle humor found in mining the common experiences of everyday life to push the envelope in his exploration of all that the comic art medium can express.