Funky Winkerbean (1977)
Tom Batiuk was a high school teacher before he started his celebrated comic strip 'Funky Winkerbean' in 1972. The comic started out as a look at everyday high school life. Throughout the years, Batiuk's comic matured into a series of real-life stories.
Batiuk started using sensitive social issues as alcholism, suicide, teen-dating, abuse and cancer in the series, which made him a groundbreaking artist in the genre. This earned him several awards. King Features distributes 'Funky Winkerbean' to about 400 newspapers worldwide. A spin-off strip starring side-character and talkshow host 'John Darling' was launched in 1979, scripted by Batiuk and drawn by Tom Armstrong (until 1985) and then Gerry Shamray.
Funky Winkerbean (2008)