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Lisa's Story Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 2000
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From Publishers Weekly
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.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
From the Publisher
Tom Batiuk spent several years as a middle school art techer before creating the comic strip Funky Winkerbean in 1972. Originally a "gag-a-day" comic that portrayed life in high school, Funky has evolved into a mature series of real-life stories examining such social issues as teen dating abuse, teen pregnancy, teen suicide, violence in schools, the war in the Middle East, alcoholism, divorce, and cancer.
Batiuk, unsure about dealing with the serious subject of cancer on the funny pages, decided to go ahead with the story line. He approached the topic with the idea that mixing humor with serious and real themes heightens the reader's interest. Lisa and husband Les faced the same physical, psychological, and social issues as anyone else dealing with the disease.
Lisa's Story: The Other Shoe is part of the Literature & Medicine Series published by Kent State University Press. Additionally, it contains resource material on breast cancer, including early detection, informtion sources, support systems, and health care. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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One day I saw something on t.v. about how some people thought this comic strip was good, but some thought it didn't belong in a comic strip. I also saw an article about it in the newspaper. That prompted me to go on line at "Funky Winkerbean" and there I discovered the book(s) that had been written. I ordered the book and received it right away. The story hasn't quite ended yet, but I can keep up and look back to clarify what was is/was happening. I'm so glad I got it because I wasn't able to see the strip every day, but had the book and could follow along.
As I said in my title, this book is very heart-warming but also has reference materials avaible for those suffering breast cancer. I've read it over several times, and each time I cry. Every time I read the strip, I also get tears in my eyes.
This story makes you actually feel a part of Lisa's life, its ups and downs, etc. You feel as if you actually know her and are a part of her family and community. I also enjoy the other storylines in the strip.
I would encourage everyone to buy this book. I loved it!!
I cried after reading this story-not for me, but for all the Lisa's out there and especially for the husband she leaves behind. I found myself worrying about her husband and the wonderful way he took care of her.
What a sensitive, thoughtful and caring story!