Hey guys, another reminder that a gang of us will be at Politics and Prose tomorrow night (starting at 7pm) for a Cul De Sac signing party!  If you don’t know, the book is a collection of  various artists drawing the characters from the CDS comic strip that Richard Thompson created. Richard, sadly, has the disease, and this book was done in association with the Michael J Fox foundation to raise funds for Parkinsons research. There’s going be a ton of contributors there to sign the book, including recent Pulitzer Prize winner- Matt Wuerker, cartoonist Steve Conley, and Nick Galifianakis; and although it hasn’t been confirmed, there’s the chance Richard will be there if he can. The last time we did a signing for this, the line was out the door, so get there early! I hope to see you all at Politics & Prose — 5015 Connecticut Ave NW.



On a lighter note- I recently saw this on Topless Robot- and I loves me some Golden Girls!

For those who don’t know already, I was lucky enough to be a contributing artist to the book “Team Cul de Sac: Cartoonists Draw the Line at Parkinson’s. The book is now on sale, and from each purchase a portion goes to the Michael J. Fox foundation for Parkinson’s research.

In addition, the charity auction has begun with every piece in the book, plus additional images, prints, and signed copies of the book from Michael J. Fox himself, all up for grabs to the highest bidder. Keep in mind, the art at auction (unless otherwise specified) are all original pieces. I contributed two myself (please bid on those so I don’t look like a loser), and I hope that everyone will consider buying something. There are pieces available from the likes of Sergio Aragones (MAD mag), Jim Davis (Garfield), Lynn Johnston (For Better or For Worse), Patrick Oliphant (political cartoonist), Don Rosa (Disney’s-Uncle Scrooge), Matt Wuerker (Politico/Pulitzer Prize winner) and Mort Walker (Beetle Bailey), among many others. The crowning achievement for the auction though, is a once in a lifetime piece available from the legendary Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes). Good luck on the last one, the bid is already over 5K. There’s even a piece from Richard Thompson himself, but honestly— how important is that guy to this thing? Again there are quite a few available from many cartoonists, fans, and friends of Richard’s, but even if you don’t know who they are, I’m sure you’ll find a piece that speaks to you.

If all you can grab is a copy of the book, take heart, there will be a couple of signings, in and around the DC metro area, by a group of contributing artists. Bring yours, or buy the book there, and make it a unique piece to treasure. The first will be June 10, from 5-7pm at One More Page Books in Arlington, VA, and another at the Connecticut Ave, Politics and Prose in DC on July 11. If you happen to be heading to the Charlotte HeroesCon June 22-24, I’ll be there helping out artist/editor Chris Sparks (Sparkling Design), and contributing artist Nick Galifiankis, to sign and sell copies of “Team Cul de Sac” as well.

I hope to see you all at the signings, that you’ll bid on some art, and help us to find the cure. Most importantly, bid on mine, I gotta beat that Nick Galifinakis guy, he’s a jerk— Kidding! (Don’t beat me up, Nick)

Thanks in advance!

My piece! Bid, damn you— BID!

Team Cul De Sac- p02

May 11, 2011

As some of you may remember, I’ve submitted art to the charity event set up by Chris Sparks entitled Team Cul De Sac, which involves a wide range of cartoonists doing their version of Richard Thompson’s comic strip Cul De Sac. The original art will be auctioned off, and a book will be published of the images, to raise money for Parkinson’s research; all this is in association with the Michael J Fox Foundation. You can learn more about donating art, and/or money at the website.

Some amazing work has already been done, the most surprising (and one most likely to set the bar at auction) is an oil painting donated by Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson– his first new, publicly released art, in 15 years!

It's a testament to Richard as a person to get this sort of involvement.

Granted I can’t compete with that, but if I’m lucky enough to get one of the two images I submitted into the book, that’ll be a feather in my cap! Below are the pics I’ve supplied (I posted poor scans earlier, but these are nice and clean), and where others are working in their own styles, I wanted to jump around on Richard’s turf. He has a wonderfully, loose and sketchy quality to his work; and it was fun to mimic his use of  line in these images. If you read the strip (if you don’t you should!) they’re based on various story lines found in the strip.

I loved the idea that a guy sits on a couch so long he becomes one with it.

This is a "greatest hits" sort of image— read the strip and you'll get the gags!