About Lisa’s Legacy

The character of Lisa appeared in one of the first stories in Funky Winkerbean that brought some modern relevance into the strip with the teen pregnancy story arc. In 1999, Lisa discovered she had breast cancer which presented an opportunity to use humor to deal with a very serious subject. This story turned into a long involved arc that unfolded over several years. Lisa and her husband Les faced the same physical, psychological, and social issues as anyone else dealing with the disease. When Lisa died in the strip, there was an outpouring of grief from the readers unlike anything I’d experienced to date, and her obituary was run on the front page of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Her story was collected by the Kent State University Press in a book entitled Lisa’s Story: The Other Shoe. Again, in response to her demise in the strip, University Hospitals in Cleveland established The Lisa’s Legacy Fund for Cancer Research and Education. So Lisa’s legacy is that she’s helping to battle against cancer in the real world.

In 2008, the Lisa story arc was a Pulitzer Finalist.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Lisa’s Story go towards cancer research and education. Visit Lisa’s Legacy Fund to learn more or to make a direct donation.

Lisa's Story: The Other Shoe

A story from the comic strips that will make you laugh and cry. Originally a “gag-a-day” comic strip that portrayed life in high school, Funky Winkerbean evolved into a mature series of real-life stories. In 1999, Lisa Moore, one of Funky’s friends and a main character, discovered she had breast cancer. Lisa’s Story: The Other Shoe is a collection of both the 1999 comic strips on Lisa’s initial battle with cancer and the current series examining her struggle with the disease and its outcome.

Lisa’s Legacy Trilogy

The slip-cased Lisa’s Legacy Trilogy contains all three hardcover editions including:

  • Lisa’s Story: The Other Shoe: a collection of both the 1999 Funky Winkerbean comic strips on Lisa Moore’s initial battle with breast cancer and the current series examining her struggle with the disease and its outcome.
  • Prelude: Lisa’s Story Begins: a collection of the early comic strips that bring Lisa and Les together from the early days of their deep friendship through the birth of Lisa’s baby and the baby’s adoption.
  • The Last Leaf: Lisa’s Story Concludes: the sequel after Lisa’s death from breast cancer recounting how Les and family cope with Lisa’s death and continue their lives.

More About Lisa’s Legacy

For more on Lisa’s Legacy please check out the Komix Thoughts blog and the Media section — and if you can, please consider making a donation to Lisa’s Legacy Foundation for cancer research and education

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