Cul de Sac is the best comic strip out there. I will always have that soft spot for Peanuts and Calvin and Hobbes, but for the sheer wonder of discovering something new and unique, and crazy funny - Cul de Sac hits that spot. It hits that spot so repeatedly I think I've gone crazy funny from the impact, myself.
Part of Max Overacts is inspired by Cul de Sac, and its ability to throw a one liner into not just the final panel, but EVERY panel if Mr Thompson feels like it (which he often does), usually from Dil - who could out non-sequitur Ralph from the Simpsons any day of the week (which is why I wanted to do a strip with Dil in it). :)
This just in from the mighty Mo Willems: Piggie dreams of artistic triumph on a manhole cover. Where on earth does he come up with this stuff? (I won't say anything about the advisability of working in funny papers these days.) Thank you, Mo!
Mark Anderson, the affable genius behind Andertoons, sent me this drawing. It's funny and inventive, it shows Mark's musical knowledge (he plays the trombone and well too), and it shows he knows Petey.
I met Lynn Johnston at Ohio State last year. I opened the door for her and mumbled how much I admire her and I just rambled. She was sweet and thanked me for the kind words and I gave her some information about Team Cul de Sac. It was like meeting my childhood crush.I don't think I have ever been so nervous, I wasn't this nervous at my own wedding! She is so sweet and kind and I must say, one of the most beautiful ladies I have ever met. Lynn, Thank you so much for taking the time and making this beautiful drawing. I already have folks who want a print of this.
Peter Dunlap-Shohls lived in Alaska long enough to survive North America's largest recorded earthquake, its second-largest oil spill, sundry volcanic eruptions and more encounters with large panicky moose than he would like to remember. For over twenty-five years he was the editorial cartoonist for the Anchorage Daily News. His work has been recognized with numerous prizes including The First Amendment award from the Alaska Press Club. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 2002, leads the Anchorage Parkinson's Disease Support Group. His blog about the disorder can be found at http://offandonakpdrag.blogspot.com/ He is married to graphic designer Pamela Dunlap-Shohl. They live on the outskirts of Anchorage, in the foothills of the Chugach Mountains. Peter was the first person to donate art to Team Cul de Sac.
Getting to know Peter as been such a pleasure. He is a swell guy and I really am thankful for his kind words and his support. I just wished i had met him a couple of years ago when I was in vacationing in Alaska!
Shannon Gallant is a friend of ours. He is an amazing artist who is currently drawing GI Joe. Shannon is also one of the first guys to join Team Cul de Sac. Here is his contribution. Thank you so much!
For the non-cartoonists who want to support Team Cul de Sac, you can choose to contribute money directly online.
The Fox Foundation's website for Team Cul de Sac is somewhat confusing, but click on that link, and then select the big orange button that says DONATE NOW. You can select amounts to be charged to a credit card. If you want to join TCdS, there's another button for that, but there's a $50 fee, and I'm not sure what benefit there is to that.
Hopefully this site will let you follow the news and process of the Team Cul de Sac fundraising effort for the Fox Foundation.
Chris Sparks is the head of TCDS; Caty Neis is Andrews McMeel's TCDS project manager; Richard Thompson is the mascot; Mike Rhode is the hanger-on; Craig Fischer is the minicomix manager; and YOU are the people who will make a difference.
Hopefully, you'll see some of the donated art showing up soon.