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Poster/Book Reveal

posted on February 17, 2021

Last night’s poster reveal for this year’s Ohioana poster and conversation with David Weaver was a blast. And here’s the poster that was revealed. I’m very honored to have been asked to create a poster this year for the Festival’s 15th anniversary. The Festival is going to be virtual again as so many things still are, but I’m looking forward to the day when we can all safely gather again with our books and fellow readers at the Columbus Public Library.

Also revealed last night was my new book for this year’s Festival, The Complete Funky Winkerbean Volume 10 which I sort of did a sneak reveal of the other day. The new book as well as its predecessors can be acquired simply going to the Books section on this site or directly to The book contains the beginning of the Lisa’s Story arc with behind the scenes looks at its origins and creation including actual sketchbook pages covering its development. It also includes Wally Winkerbean’s tour of duty in Afghanistan, which, sadly, is still as relevant today. Props to The Kent State University Press for creating such beautiful books. As someone once told me: “They sit well in the hand.”, and indeed they do.

Ohioana Poster Reveal/Interview

posted on February 16, 2021

TOM BATIUK: The creator of the comic strips Funky Winkerbean and Crankshaft has created the poster for the 2021 Ohioana Book Festival. At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Batiuk will appear in a free virtual poster reveal event, followed by a conversation between him and Ohioana Executive Director David Weaver. Register at The event also will be streamed live on Facebook.

Ohioana Interview – 2021

posted on February 13, 2021

The following is an announcement from David Weaver the Executive Director of the Ohioana Library Association:

Join us online this Tuesday, February 16 at 7 p.m. for a very special event as we look forward to the 15th anniversary Ohioana Book Festival in April! Each year, we call upon an Ohio illustrator to design poster art for the Ohioana Book Festival. This year’s special anniversary poster was designed by Tom Batiuk, the award-winning cartoonist and creator of the beloved comic strips Funky Winkerbean and Crankshaft. On Tuesday at 7 we will do a live “reveal” of Tom’s poster on Zoom, plus a conversation between Tom and Ohioana executive director David Weaver. Audience members will have an opportunity to ask Tom questions at the end of the program, which will also be streamed live on Facebook and YouTube.

AND, if you register for the event on Eventbrite, you will be entered to win a signed copy of Tom’s 2021 Ohioana Book Festival title, The Complete Funky Winkerbean Volume 10, 1999 – 2001, published by the Kent State University Press.
Here is the link to register:
You’ll be hearing more soon about the 15th anniversary Ohioana Book Festival, which takes place virtually from April 23-25. We hope to see you in April . . . and hope to see you this Tuesday!
David Weaver
Executive Director

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