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Lisa has her legacy

posted on October 4, 2007

When I finished Lisa’s Story last summer, my hopes for the work were rather modest. Maybe it would serve as a cautionary tale about the importance of early detection, or perhaps as a cathartic or inspirational tale. If I really let my imagination run, I’d think that some small community somewhere might actually inaugurate a Lisa’s Legacy Walk to help raise money for cancer research. That would’ve been cool.

Nowhere on the radar screen was a national fund to raise money to help find a cure and increase knowledge in the fight against cancer. So when University Hospitals of Cleveland and home of the Ireland Cancer Center came forward with the idea of incorporating Lisa in a fund to raise money for cancer research and education.. well, let’s just say that I haven’t stopped smiling for days. To know that even once she was gone from the comics pages that Lisa would continue to live on in the real world fight against cancer was more than this story teller could imagine. From this point forward, Lisa will be telling the story, and I’ll be looking forward to following it with interest.

So I’d like to take a moment to thank University Hospitals for creating the Lisa’s Legacy Fund for Cancer Research and education, and also King Features for joining me in contributing the royalties from Lisa’s Story: The Other Shoe to the fund so that her story can continue to help others.

And while I’m thanking people, this week has brought another outpouring of response from you readers that has outstripped my ability to keep up. Rest assured that I am reading them all, and I appreciate the kindness and courage of everyone who has taken the time to share their story and to let me know what Lisa’s story has meant to them. For those of you missing Lisa today and wanting to do something, in lieu of flowers…

Stay well.

A few in the archive

posted on July 26, 2007

Okay, I realize that I’m about to totally contradict myself here, but there’s a good reason for it. All of the people who wrote in telling me about Funky being dropped from the L.A. Daily News are now writing to tell me that the paper is bringing Funky back. That’s the good news. The bad news is that they’ve missed out on the last week or so. Now the last thing I want is for someone to be culturally deprived, so here’s what I’m going to do.

Even though I said I couldn’t archive strips from the Lisa’s Story arc because of the forthcoming book, I kind of meant all of the strips. I don’t see why I can’t post the last couple of weeks so we can all be on the same page so to speak. So all of you L.A. readers who want to see what you missed can go to the archive section where the weeks are already posted. No need to thank me, it’s all part of the job.

Book coming soon

posted on July 20, 2007

I’ve gotten numerous requests for me to make the Lisa’s Story arc available by e-mail or to archive the material here on the site.

I’ve been very gratified by this response, but I’m afraid that, by contract, I’m unable to do that. The material has been licensed by The Kent State Universty Press who will be publishing the entire story arc including the work from 1999 in a book entitled “Lisa’s Story – The Other Shoe”. The book will be published the first week of October.

While I can’t provide the material at this point in time, you can go to the books section of this site where a link to Amazon has been provided for pre-orders. Again, I’d like to thank all of you, well almost all of you, for the kind and thoughtful e-mails that this story has generated.