In this April 10, 2012 photo, cartoonist Tom Batiuk, creator of the comic strip Funky Winkerbean, inks a strip at the drawing stable at his studio at his Medina, Ohio home. During its 40-year run on the funny pages, the characters and Batiuk have evolved and so have the story lines, from high school hijinks and awkward teen dating moments to dealing with adult issues like alcoholism, suicide and cancer. His latest hot topic story line during May: two boys who want to go to the high school prom together. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

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In this April 10, 2012 photo, cartoonist Tom Batiuk, creator of the comic strip Funky Winkerbean, inks a strip at the drawing stable at his studio at his Medina, Ohio home. During its 40-year run on the funny pages, the characters and Batiuk have evolved and so have the story lines, from high school hijinks and awkward teen dating moments to dealing with adult issues like alcoholism, suicide and cancer. His latest hot topic story line during May: two boys who want to go to the high school prom together. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
In this April 10, 2012 photo, cartoonist Tom Batiuk, creator of the comic strip Funky Winkerbean, inks a strip at the drawing stable at his studio at his Medina, Ohio home. During its 40-year run on the funny pages, the characters and Batiuk have evolved and so have the story lines, from high school hijinks and awkward teen dating moments to dealing with adult issues like alcoholism, suicide and cancer. His latest hot topic story line during May: two boys who want to go to the high school prom together. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
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