Kent State Homecoming to Feature 'Crankshaft,' 'Funky Winkerbean' Auction

Cartoonists behind both strips submitted original work used in designing 'The Nest' for auction to benefit student scholarship

Fans of the comic strips Funky Winkerbean and Crankshaft can own some original work by the artists up for auction during Kent State University's Homecoming this weekend.

This spring, Kent State alums and comic strip artists Tom Batiuk and Chuck Ayers worked with the university to turn their strips into a massive mural lining the walls of The Nest lounge on the second floor of the Kent State Student Center.

To make the mural, Ayers created large, original images that were transferred onto the walls.

Kent State spokesperson Emily Vincent said its those original works that will be auctioned off Saturday during Homecoming in both live and silent auctions.

"The goal is to raise enough money to endow a scholarship that would benefit, in alternate years, students in the schools of Art and of Visual Communication Design," Vincent said in an email.

Both auctions will take place in The Nest, which is on the second floor of the student center.

You can view the images up for auction and find more information about each here.


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