Popular comic-strip artists Tom Batiuk and Chuck Ayers will be at Kent State from noon to 2 p.m. March 27 to open a new student lounge area called the Nest in the Student Center.
Batiuk, creator of the Funky Winkerbean comic strip, collaborates with Ayers on Crankshaft.
The KSU alumni will unveil their new mural in the student lounge area.
The Nest’s grand opening falls on the 40th anniversary of the Funky Winkerbean debut, and is free and open to the public.
A reception with Batiuk and Ayers will feature a signing of Batiuk’s new book, The Complete Funky Winkerbean, which is the first in a multivolume series celebrating the 40th anniversary of the comic strip. The book is published by Black Squirrel Books, an imprint of the KSU Press.
The new student space, formerly called the Music Listening Center, will debut to Kent State students as they return from spring break next weekend.