Cartoonist Nick Galifianakis is one of Richard's best and oldest friends and is with him today during the surgery. Nick's posting updates on Facebook about Richard's treatment today:
I try and keep this a "cartoons only" site. And since my pal, Richard Thompson, one of the giants in my field, is having brain surgery today, I'll stray a tiny bit to periodically update folks on his condition.
As of a few minutes ago:
Head shaved, halo attached, been through MRI, unconscious, surgeon about to scrub in.
The doctor agreed to let him draw a cartoon during surgery while they're testing out the placement of the electrodes. I told Richard to think of something worthy of posterity, as it will certainly be historic.
It will be posted on his blog ASAP, of course.
He has not yet put a hankie on his head and has told the brain specialist that his "brain hurts."