Crankshaft Comic Strip Joins Andrews McMeel Syndication

Crankshaft Comic Strip Joins Andrews McMeel Syndication

Kansas City, MO (November 17, 2022) Andrews McMeel Syndication (AMS) will assume sales and

distribution of Crankshaft by Tom Batiuk, announced Brent Bartram, Chief Strategy Officer and General

Manager of AMS. The effective date is January 1, 2023.

The eponymous star of the comic strip, Ed Crankshaft, once believed major league baseball was in his

future. When those plans fell through, he traded in his cleats for the steering wheel of a school bus, where

he has transported students to and from Teddy Roosevelt High School for more than 30 years. His noholds-

barred zingers and cantankerous disposition veil a more sensitive temperament, which occasionally

slips through the demeanor of a tough outer crust.

Since its debut in 1987 (as a spin-off of the enormously popular high school comic Funky Winkerbean),

the cartoon, created by Batiuk and drawn by Dan Davis, has attracted a loyal following in more than 300

newspapers with appealing storylines and Crankshaft’s muddled aphorisms. Crankshaft’s entertaining

entanglements with students as well as his loving family engage readers through narrative humor, but

Batiuk weaves more serious issues into the stories as well, including adult illiteracy, Alzheimer’s disease

and school violence.

“Crankshaft has been a reader favorite for 35 years,” said Bartram. “Tom’s mastery in presenting

Crankshaft as a sometimes crotchety but endearing character is without peer. His ability to address more

challenging issues in the strip is remarkable as well.“

Batiuk has received numerous awards for his work, including the Ohio Governor’s Award in 1996 and an

Inkpot Award from Comic-Con International in 1999. His book collections, The Complete Funky

Winkerbean Vol. 4 and Roses in December, were Eisner Nominees at San Diego Comic-Con International

in 2016.

In October 2007, The Kent State University Press published Lisa’s Story: The Other Shoe, about the

Funky Winkerbean character Lisa Moore, which compiled Lisa’s entire cancer story arc in the strip. In

2008, Lisa’s Story was a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

In addition to daily and Sunday newspapers, the strip will also appear online on GoComics, and the

feature is available for print and digital syndication internationally. For sales inquiries, please contact Jan

Flemington, The strip was formerly syndicated by King Features.