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Funky’s 50th – The Early Middle Years

posted on March 28, 2022

 In 1986 the character Lisa became pregnant while in high school. The response to those four short seminal weeks was greater than any I had received up to that point. There were so many requests for copies of that series that we put together a special booklet collecting the strips, Life’s Lessons Aren’t Always Learned in the Classroom, and sent out more than sixty thousand copies. When the requests continued to come in, we had to go back for a second printing.

 

The origins of Lisa in my sketchbook.

My readers give me a chance to grow.

Funky’s first milestone event pretty much says it all.

This era also marked the arrival of Crankshaft. He would later drive bus 13 which somehow seemed more appropriate.

 

The story and the context surrounding it can all be found in The Complete Funky Winkerbean Vol.5