Monday, December 31, 2012
Sunday, November 25, 2012
John did a lovely page in the Team Cul de Sac book, so you should buy a copy and have him sign it. He's appearing on behalf of Hero Initiative charity.
Friday, November 23, 2012
Also, don't forget to order from Chris at http://sparkingdesign.com/order-team-cul-de-sac-book/
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
by: Rob Tornoe
Editor and Publisher 10/16/2012
Saturday, October 13, 2012
"Hey guys, you gotta ret this. It's delightful."
Thank you so much for the warm thoughts and kind words...he will see and hear all of it, I promise.
If all continues to evolve smoothly, he will be, remarkably, released later today.
Friday, October 12, 2012
Richard is doing well enough to be released from the recovery room but there isn't a room available for him yet in the neuro ICU.
His vitals are all good (although he keeps setting off the low-heart-rate alarm because he has the resting heartrate of a hibernating whale). He's hungry but they haven't signed off on him having solids yet. Ginger ale is the only treat.
He currently looks like a Buddhist monk.
Meanwhile, Amy Thompson says:
Richard is awake and looks a little bit like a very skinny Dalai Lama. One of the first things he told me (other than it was the weirdest thing he'd ever been through) was that the neurosurgeon told him he had a very active thalamus. We think that's a good thing.
Nick Galifianakis @ 11:59
Surgery started at 9:35. Richard is conscious (yoicks!) and doing great; they're testing as they go, and everything is good so far. They are about to start on the second hemisphere. The next update will probably include comments from the surgeon.
For those of you that have not had this kind of brain surgery: Richard is having a chip implanted in his brain in hopes of greatly alleviating his Parkinson's symptoms. Because everyone is different, his brain must be "listened to" and monitored while they search for just the right spot for maximum impact.
Saturday, September 29, 2012
I just wanted folks to read this about the MJFF https://www.michaeljfox.org/get-involved/brin-challenge.html
Yes,Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki is matching our funds. So what does that mean? Team Cul de Sac has made 50k this year and it will be matched! So TCDS with the help of Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki challenge will have raised over $100,000 for the MJFF!!!
Please donate here! http://www2.michaeljfox.org/site/TR/TeamFox/TeamFox?team_id=1149&pg=team&fr_id=1053
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Friday, September 21, 2012
'CUL DE SAC' ENDS SUNDAY: Cartoon peers salute Richard Thompson
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Briefs: Grand Avenue is new AD comic
September 19, 2012
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
September 18, 2012
Monday, September 17, 2012
You can hear the Team Cul de Sac panel here.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Monday, September 10, 2012
Team Cul de Sac panel at Politics and Prose bookstore (July 11, 2012)
Chris Sparks & Team Cul-De-Sac - Team Cul de Sac: Cartoonists Draw the Line at Parkinson's
Jul 11 2012 7:00 pm
Richard Thompson, the Cul de Sac cartoonist, was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2009 and began working with the Michael J. Fox Foundation to raise awareness of this illness. Chris Sparks organized Team Cul de Sac, which has solicited work from various graphic artists including Bill Watterson and Gary Trudeau, the proceeds of which have benefited Team Fox, the Foundation's fundraising arm.
Chris Sparks and Nick Galifianakis speak before the book-signing.
"When Richard Thompson, the creator of the comic strip Cul de Sac, was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, his friend Chris Sparks began a fundraising effort to honor his friend. With Richard's support, he asked others to donate artwork featuring the Cul de Sac characters for a Team Cul de Sac book with proceeds going to The Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson's Research. Now, join Chris Sparks and other members of Team Cul de Sac including Steve Conley, Matt Dembicki, SL Gallant, Roger Langridge, and others as they discuss the book, Richard Thompson's work, and their continuing efforts to raise funds in Richard's name." - from the program book. The panel also included Carolyn Belefski, Dawn Griffin, Donna Lewis, Joe Sutliff and was moderated by Mike Rhode.
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Saturday Sept. 8
11:00-12:00 - Team Cul de Sac
When Richard Thompson, the creator of the comic strip Cul de Sac, was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, his friend Chris Sparks began a fundraising effort to honor his friend. With Richard's support, he asked others to donate artwork featuring the Cul de Sac characters for a Team Cul de Sac book with proceeds going to The Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson's Research. Now, join Chris Sparks and other members of Team Cul de Sac including Steve Conley, Matt Dembicki, SL Gallant, Roger Landgridge, Michael Cavna and others as they discuss the book, Richard Thompson's work, and their continuing efforts to raise funds in Richard's name."
Thursday, August 23, 2012
A "Heart-on-His-Sleeve-Southerner" Does Serious Damage to my Cynical Side
August 23, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
BY R.C. Harvey Aug 22, 2012
Meanwhile, Team Cul de Sac's money has flowed in and we're a mere $3,300 from meeting the goal... which reminds me, I owe some money to the campaign.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
by Stacy Curtis
August 20 2012
Hail Richard Thompson and Cul de Sac!
By: Craig Fischer
Heroesonline blog August 17, 2012
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Richard Thompson ends 'Cul de Sac' comic
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog August 17 2012
Parkinson's forces creator of 'Cul de Sac' comic to retire
Richard Thompson of the strip 'Cul de Sac' battles Parkinson's.
By TIM ENGLE
The Kansas City Star August 17 2012
Parkinson's forces 'Cul de Sac' creator to call it quits
Deseret News Friday, Aug. 17 2012
Cul de Sac: A Special Q&A with creator Richard Thompson
August 17 2012
Monday, August 6, 2012
Friday, July 13, 2012
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Monday, July 9, 2012
Peter lives in Anchorage, Alaska but amazingly will be at Politics and Prose this Wednesday night! And unfortunately, he's also a cartoonist with Parkinson's disease. Come out and support the Team with Peter.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
July 2, 2012
Monday, July 2, 2012
Here is a nice article about Team Cul de Sac and my wonderful business partner, Jamie King.
Friday, June 29, 2012
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Thursday, June 21, 2012
I met Richard Thompson at heroescon in 2008. It changed my life for the better. Richard won't be there this year but a bunch of contributors from the book will be and so will I. Come by and celebrate the greatest comic con in that world. This is the 30th year of Heorescon. DO NOT MISS IS! come by and say hi!
I will be at the Heroes Convention in Charlotte, NC this weekend (June 22-24). We will have plenty of Team Cul de Sac books at (AA-218) and a beautiful print for Team Cul de Sac Celebrating Heroescon by ROGER LANGRIDGE (AA-220), NICK GALIFiANAKIS is the lucky guy beside me at (AA-219) We will have a print of his contribution to Team Cul de Sac.SL GALLANT (AA-828),DANIELLE CORSETTO (AA-420),EVAN DORKIN (AA-517),DUSTIN HARBIN ( AA-419),CHRIS SCHWEIZER (AA-431) get your book signed by all of these great contributors! We also have a panel on Friday at 4:00pm
Room 206:TEAM CUL DE SAC
More news? Maybe...
If you ordered a book and live outside of the USA, I will be contacting you about the extra shipping.
I am sorry its taken so long. It looks like its going to take me three weeks to get most of the books out.
The good news is I just calculated the book donations from the pre-orders that started in January till the end of March and we raised $1305.00 for the MJFF! This is the whole reason we wanted to do the online sales plus you get my pretty signature!
Thank you so much. Now come see me this weekend at....
Monday, June 18, 2012
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Here's a list of the online pictures that I know of:
Steve Artley - http://artleytoonsonline.blogspot.com/2012/06/2012-chris-sparks-next-team-cul-de-sac.html
Carolyn Belefski and Joe Carabeo - http://www.curls-studio.com/curls/?p=1676 and https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150940960942381.439013.50763422380&type=3
Bruce Guthrie - http://www.bguthriephotos.com/graphlib.nsf/keys/2012_06_10G_Team_CDS
Mike Rhode - http://www.flickr.com/photos/42072348@N00/sets/72157630100095288/ - I'm also going to add the cartoons that didn't make it into the book to this group now.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Monday, June 11, 2012
Team Cul de Sac auction raises $47k; Watterson painting sold for $13k
by Alan Gardner
June 11, 2012
TEAM 'CUL DE SAC' AUCTION: Rare Watterson painting sells for $13K
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog June 11 2012
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Friday, June 8, 2012
Monday, June 4, 2012
Here's the list of cartoonists whom are expected:
Dale, Barbara -
Johnson, Kerry G
Lewis, Donna A.
Mitchell, BonoSutliff, Joe
Says Michael J. Fox today (with the book due to drop tomorrow):
"With this amazing collection, Chris [Sparks] is raising significant dollars and awareness for Parkinson's — while proving comedy can speed a cure. We're grateful to have both Chris and Richard on our team."
Style Section & "Comic Riffs"
The Washington Post
Monday, May 28, 2012
Friday, May 25, 2012
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Observer-Reporter May 23 2012
Friday, May 18, 2012
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Team Cul de sac books have been ordered to fill our online orders and all the prepaid shipping envelopes have been ordered. I just need to the books and time. Remember, you can still order your signed copy at http://sparkingdesign.com/order-team-cul-de-sac-book/
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
by Miranda Lanzillotti on Wednesday, 2 May, 2012
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Apr 17 2012
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Sunday, March 25, 2012
by Tom Racine on March 25, 2012
"Team Cul de Sac" mastermind Chris Sparks joins me to talk about his amazing project to help raise money for Parkinson's Disease via the Team Fox organization, started, of course, by Michael J. Fox. Cartoonist and all around mensch Richard Thompson was diagnosed with Parkinson's back in 2009, and Chris has organized 150 artists to contribute original work that will be auctioned off this summer, and has been compiled into a 144 page hardcover book coming out on June 5th. Order your copy here!
The book and art auction contain works from a veritable "who's who" list of cartoonists, including 14 Reuben Award winners, 3 Pulitzer Prize winners, and a score of great artists from the web as well. There's not much of a worthier cause out there, so do your part by picking up a copy. You can stay abreast of the current information on when the actual art auction is this summer by reading Chris's blog. And naturally, if you're not keeping up with the man himself, here's a link to Richard Thompson's blog. Go forth and see the work of a master of our time!
We also manage to talk about comic books and comic shops, as Chris once owned one. He has a fascinating insider's look from the "brick and mortar" shop owner's perspective, and is something I've wanted to talk about for some time.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
By: Danielle Battaglia | GoDanRiver.com March 11, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
Here is the dust jacket to the Team Cul de Sac book ( we might have a small change or two)
This has been such an honor to work with everyone involved.
The biggest Thank You goes to Richard Thompson in supporting me in this project. He is a saint to put up with me. Oh yeah order this cool book from me at : http://sparkingdesign.com/order-team-cul-de-sac-book/
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Art contributed for the auction, but too late for the book:
Kallagher, Kevin KAL