Team Cul de Sac is the brainchild of Chris Sparks, who has worked tirelessly to organize this fundraising program for Parkinson’s research. It’s a part of TeamFox, the Michael J Fox Foundation’s fundraising arm, which in the last year alone raised almost 4 million dollars for research. The fundraiser revolves around the brilliant comic strip Cul de Sac by Richard Thompson, an incredibly talented cartoonist who happens to have Parkinson’s. Oh, and he just won the Reuben for “Cartoonist of the Year” from the National Cartoonists Society last May.
Chris and Team Cul de Sac invited professional cartoonists, illustrators, artists and animators to donate original art made especially for a book, published by Andrews & McMeel, about Parkinson’s awareness, and the response was pretty outstanding. You will find the work of some of the biggest names in cartooning in those pages. Part of the profits from the direct sales of the book will benefit the Michael J Fox Foundation, and the original art will be auctioned as part of the fundraiser with all of auction money going to MJFF.
Chris and his company, Sparking Design, just announced that the Team Cul de Sac book is now available for pre-order directly from the publisher. You can order a “Regular Edition” copy, signed by Chris, for $35.50, and a limited edition of 150 “Author Signed and Numbered” copy signed by Chris for $65.50, both prices include shipping AND the Regular Edition includes a $5 donation to the afore mentioned Michael J. Fox Foundation, while the¬¨‚Ä†Author Signed and Numbered version includes a $20 donation to same. No word if copies signed by Richard will be available. By the way, Richard recently went on a hiatus from his strip to receive and recover from treatment for Parkinson’s… this book is needed now more than ever. The book is set to be released June 5th, 2012.
Incidentally, the book will also be available on Amazon, but only buying directly from the publisher will result in a donations to the MJFF. Amazon doesn’t really need your money, but Parkinson’s research does…so follow this link to pre-order.
Here is my meager contribution to the book:
756 My cover art for the next issue of MAD, exclusive sneak peek from @entertainmentweekly website
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