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Tom Batiuk

In addition to Funky Winkerbean, Tom Batiuk is the creator of two other nationally syndicated comic strips: John Darling, the adventures of a fictional talk-show host, and Crankshaft, based on an irascible school bus driver. Batiuk??'s comic strips have been collected in 22 full-length books. His focus on social issues such as alcoholism, teen pregnancy, and breast cancer has put him at the forefront of comic art history.