Friday, March 25, 2011


Those of you who love cartooning know that Mr. Richard Thompson is the greatest living cartoonist whose name isn't Ronald Searle.  Mr. Thompson's greatness is thrown into sharp relief when you learn that he does his daily strip, Cul de Sac, while suffering from Parkinson's (which he calls his Slapstick Affliction).

Richard Thompson & myself at last year's National Cartoonist Society Gala.  We were the waiters.

Recently, Richard and some pals have started TEAM CUL DE SAC as part of the Fox Foundation.  They're gathering up great illustrations by great illustrators to be published in a book that will benefit Parkinson's research.  The original art will also be auctioned off at a later date (mo' info as it becomes available).

Thanks to a clerical error, they allowed me to make the following submission:

I do hope you'll pick up a copy of the book when it comes out.  In the meantime, I'd pick up some collections of Cul de Sac (I wrote the intro to the 2nd one and legendary Bill Watterson wrote the first).

I also hope to see you this weekend (Sunday at 11:30am) as I'm interviewed at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA.  A signing will follow.  And don't forget Saturday's Meldown in Northampton featuring hep kids music and pals like Jarrett Krosoczka, Kevin Markey, Jef Czekaj, Jeanne Birdsall, and Jon Scieszka. (This year's theme is authors whose names make spell-checks explode).