Kudos to Kurt Kolka, award-winning journalist and creator of the Sherpa strip The Cardinal, who recently announced the publication of Bullying Is No Laughing Matter, a book for kids and parents that includes special cartoons from Stone Soup, Beetle Bailey, Luann, Funky Winkerbean, Bushy Tales, Gil Thorp, Blondie, Mary Worth, Dick Tracy, Dennis the Menace and 26 other nationally-distributed features. Many of the strips are accompanied by commentary from the creators on their own experiences with bullying, and advice for kids.
The "flip" side of this front-covers-on-both-ends book contains "Wrath of the Warthog" a complete graphic adventure story by Kolka, featuring a youthful version of The Cardinal and his aggressive tormentor. The middle portion of the book contains other material as well.
Funky Winkerbean creator Tom Batiuk provides the introduction.
Kolka and his wife Diane live in Michigan, and lead anti-bullying programs for adults and kids. They worked together for two years to assemble this collection of comics, with the goal of encouraging kids to help end bullying.