Crankshaft Cartoonist Tells All – Tom Batiuk


Cleveland Stories Dinner Parties

  • Venue:Supper Club
  • Showtime:7:00 pm
  • Doors open:5:00 pm
  • All Ages, Free Admission, Dining Reservations Required




Doors open at 5:00pm, with the storytelling beginning promptly at 7:00pm

  • Weekly series combining great food with great stories about Cleveland’s past
  • Pre Fixe 3-course dinner option just $20
  • This week’s menu:
    • Popcorn Bisque
    • Open Face Roast Beef
    • Peanuts Sundae


    Story topic this week…

    Crankshaft Cartoonist Tells All
    Tom Batiuk may not be a household name, but the characters he created certainly are. Funky Winkerbean and Ed Crankshaft appear daily in comic strips in hundreds of newspapers around the country. For this Cle Stories panel, enjoy an evening where Crankshaft creator Tom Batiuk reveals his character’s secret origin along with the stories behind the stories of his irascible curmudgeon with a heart of gold.

    Tom Batiuk Bio

    Tom Batiuk is a graduate of Kent State University and a resident of Northeast Ohio. His Funky Winkerbean and Crankshaft comics are carried in hundreds of newspapers throughout the United States. He was recognized as one of three finalists in the 2008 Pulitzer Prize awards for his work on Lisa’s Story, and he received an Inkpot Award from the San Diego Comic-Con. His Complete Funky Winkerbean and Roses in December were finalists for the 2016 Eisner Awards.

    The goal of the Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is to bring to life some of the fun, interesting stories about Cleveland’s past – from sports, to rock ‘n roll, to Millionaire’s Row, — the series will focus on tidbits from Cleveland’s past that will really thrill the audience. The Music Box is presenting this series in partnership with the Western Reserve Historical Society’s new Cleveland History Center. We think the Cleveland History Center is one of the most important museums in Cleveland. An unknown gem that Clevelanders should know more about, and support. It is the only museum in Cleveland dedicated to preserving and documenting the history of Cleveland. The Cleveland History Center includes two mansions, the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum, Chisholm Halle Costume Wing, Research Library, Kidzibits Hands-On Gallery, rotating exhibitions, and the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel.

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