Lisa's Story: The Other Shoe

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Syndicated in more than 400 newspapers, Tom Batiuk's strip Funky Winkerbean has become known for its treatment of close-to-home issues—and Batiuk's recent series of strips that followed the character Lisa as she coped with the dreaded diagnosis of breast cancer have earned particular acclaim, as well as wide-spread media attention. This book gathers those strips into a single volume, and also includes a comprehensive list of resources for ...
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Overview

Syndicated in more than 400 newspapers, Tom Batiuk's strip Funky Winkerbean has become known for its treatment of close-to-home issues—and Batiuk's recent series of strips that followed the character Lisa as she coped with the dreaded diagnosis of breast cancer have earned particular acclaim, as well as wide-spread media attention. This book gathers those strips into a single volume, and also includes a comprehensive list of resources for breast-cancer survivors and their families.

"Tom Batiuk has brought cancer into the unique venue of comic strip with sensitivity, realism, and wit—attributes essential to breast cancer experience."—Andrea Martin, breast cancer survivor and executive director of the Breast Cancer Fund
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Batiuk, creator of the long-lasting Funky Winkerbean comic strip, subjects one of his supporting characters to cancer in this collection of "very special" strips. Lisa and her husband, Les, have a pretty good life in their hometown, until Lisa discovers a lump in her breast. She beats back the cancer once, but when it recurs after remission, she has to prepare for the worst. In the meantime, the son she gave up for adoption eighteen years before finally decides it's time to locate his birth mother. While Batiuk's attempt to take on a difficult, life-changing event should be applauded, trying it in the context of a gag-a-day newspaper strip may not have been the best choice. Batiuk works hard to tell a realistic, engaging story of a woman facing one of life's trials, but the relentless demands of a daily strip-and occasional mugging by the characters-cramps his pacing, forcing him to prolong some vignettes, cut short moments that could have used more room to breathe, and pause every few panels for, if not a joke, then something with a jokelike appearance. Artwise, Batiuk's simplified realism has a good sense of detail in the later strips. (Oct.)

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Batiuk, creator of the long-lasting Funky Winkerbean comic strip, subjects one of his supporting characters to cancer in this collection of "very special" strips. Lisa and her husband, Les, have a pretty good life in their hometown, until Lisa discovers a lump in her breast. She beats back the cancer once, but when it recurs after remission, she has to prepare for the worst. In the meantime, the son she gave up for adoption eighteen years before finally decides it's time to locate his birth mother. While Batiuk's attempt to take on a difficult, life-changing event should be applauded, trying it in the context of a gag-a-day newspaper strip may not have been the best choice. Batiuk works hard to tell a realistic, engaging story of a woman facing one of life's trials, but the relentless demands of a daily strip-and occasional mugging by the characters-cramps his pacing, forcing him to prolong some vignettes, cut short moments that could have used more room to breathe, and pause every few panels for, if not a joke, then something with a jokelike appearance. Artwise, Batiuk's simplified realism has a good sense of detail in the later strips. (Oct.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873389525
  • Publisher: Kent State University Press
  • Publication date: 9/21/2007
  • Series: Literature and Medicine Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 246
  • Sales rank: 534,828
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    recommend

    Batiuk is respectful and brings humor to the small moments of life as he successfully tackles a tough issue when one of his beloved characters learns she has breast cancer. Lisa's Story is light and thoughtful.

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