Kent State Mural by Batiuk and Ayers

New Student Space Features Mural by Award-Winning Comic Strip Artists and Kent State Alumni
Popular comic strip artists Tom Batiuk and Chuck Ayers were at Kent State University on March 27 for the official opening of the new student lounge area called The Nest in the Kent Student Center. Batiuk, creator of the Funky Winkerbean comic strip, collaborates with Ayers on Crankshaft.

Had to work the school bus into the college scene somehow!

Very disappointed that Les is not depicted in his yellow shirt.

Note the falling leaf



Les the KSU alum needs a map?


Looks like Crazy Harry didn’t spend Maddie’s college fund on Tarzan comics after all!

Every school in Ohio has a graffiti’ed rock

Jim Kablichnick guest-lectures. The topic is either climate change or intelligent design.

The Crankshaft/Funky time disparity has been suspended here.

For once, Summer must play second fiddle to Queen Keisha.

I thought Dinkle’s uniform no longer fit.

Note Mrs. Dinkle in the stands.

World’s oldest bus driver.

Damn you, Crankshaft!

There she is in that damn hoodie.

So at some point, Bull and his assistant Anne will make the jump to the NCAA.

Jim will have a whole new crop of students to despise.

“…and all we got were these lousy diplomas!”

Bonus visual (pardon the quality but it’s a screen cap from this video): You know the KSU kiddies will turn out en masse to get their signed copies of “Roses in December” by Les Moore!

12 responses to “Kent State Mural by Batiuk and Ayers

  1. Merry Pookster

    Please if there is a god in heaven…don’t let this drag on to graduation..
    Westview HS staff just assimulate tothe college ranks?
    Bull coches an NCAA championship team?
    Shaft drives forever?
    Fishstick annie never died?
    Les becomes the Dean?
    No moore cancer?
    Lisa is on video tape # 247

  2. bad wolf

    I do like Crankshaft’s daughter remembering her time in “Mod Squad.” But what is being auctioned here, the original panels that were then recreated on the walls?

  3. TFHackett

    The panels to be auctioned were drawn by Chuck Ayers in the winter of 2012 and installed in The Nest in March after they were scanned and colorized by riot creative imaging. The long hours of work of conceiving the story, designing and fitting the panels to the space, then colorizing and installing them, were all donated to Kent State in hopes of establishing a scholarship that would benefit, in alternate years, students in the Schools of Art and of Visual Communication Design (Ayers and Batiuk are Art alumni who have turned their education to work as designers and journalists).

    https://www.kent.edu/news/announcements/success/alumni-homecoming-auction.cfm

  4. Epicus Doomus

    “Conceiving the story”…LOL! It took “long hours” to think that stuff up? The artwork, sure, but the events pictured consist of fifteen minutes of thought, at most.

  5. Señor Tortilla

    1. Isn’t Kent State relatively small, anyway? I mean, you should be able to find your away around.

    2. Homecoming–with only girls? I guess this is pretty liberal, anyway but really?

    3. Fishstick Annie and Bull would be quite old by then. Perhaps Bull will stuff her corpse full of newspapers and call her “Coach Fairgood”?

    4. It looks like Professor Twain is teaching organic chemistry.

    5. So EVERYONE in Westview sends their kid to Kent State? That explains a lot.

  6. billytheskink

    I like how Maddie, Jinx, Rana, Fishstick Annie, Kablichnick (X2), Mr. Howard’s camcorder, Owen’s chullo, the KSU-Akron Wagon Wheel Trophy, and even Keesterman all show up, but Funky doesn’t get so much as a cameo… unless that’s him handing the Montoni’s pizzas to Keisha while Les and Cayla struggle with the local geography.

    Lisa doesn’t appear either, which I wouldn’t mention or even think of as weird if not for the fact that the guy on the bottom left of the small crowd containing K flag man and Harriet Dinkle appears to be John Darling. So no Funky, but John Darling rises from the grave…

  7. TFHackett

    billytheskink: Funky doesn’t get so much as a cameo… unless that’s him handing the Montoni’s pizzas to Keisha

    Glad you pointed that out, billy. On this announcement page that links to the auction page linked above, there’s a small slideshow that offers a wider-angle view:

  8. TFHackett

    Apparently my favorite panel from the mural is not part of the auction; I had to screenshot it from this YouTube video:

    Among all the other daily facets of life at KSU, those kids just love attending book signings by the author Les Moore! I like how, in this imagined not-too-distant future, his hair is becoming even more Paulie Walnuts-like. 

  9. Rusty

    That “squirrel” looks suspiciously like it has been cross bred with a Norwegian rat. I wonder if current students sit in the Student Union, or wherever this mural is, and ever wonder what the hell it depicts. Odds are none of them have ever read FW or Crankshaft. Hell, since it’s KSU a newspaper may be a foreign concept.

  10. Wait a minute. Owen’s going to get into college?! Will wonders never cease?

  11. Helskor

    Mindy must really love Kent State. She’s still living in the dorms in her early 30’s.

  12. $$$WESTVIEW ONCOLOGIST$$$

    Jeez, Westview must look like Pryipat, Ukraine, now. Practically Every frickin person in the whole damn town is in Kent St!!

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