Team Cul de Sac

Team Cul de Sac

Cartoonists Draw the Line at Parkinson's

By Chris Sparks (Editor)

Andrews McMeel Publishing, Hardcover, 9781449419660, 128pp.

Publication Date: June 5, 2012

When Richard Thompson, creator of the cartoon strip "Cul de Sac," learned that he had Parkinson's disease, the entire cartoon community was moved. From other cartoonists to fans, the urge to do something was overwhelming. Enter Chris Sparks, friend of and webmaster for Richard, who came up with the idea of joining the Team Fox effort. Having read two of Michael J. Fox's books, he knew about the foundation, which made him think of creating a Team Cul de Sac to honor Richard and to raise money for and awareness about PD. He set up the team with the foundation and began the quest to create a book that contributors would donate their original art to be included in the book and to be auctioned off later. All of the auction's and a portion of the book's profits will be donated to Team Fox.
The response to Chris's call for art has been impressive. From indie cartoonists to noted syndicated, editorial, and magazine cartoonists to graphic novel artists, illustrators, and sheer "Cul de Sac" fans, the assortment of cartoon styles paying homage to "Cul de Sac" and Richard Thompson in "Team Cul de Sac" is truly inspiring.

About the Author
Chris Sparks is a lifelong fan of the comic medium and the driving force and editor behind "Team Cul de Sac: Cartoonists Draw the Line at Parkinson's, " a book nominated for Eisner and Harvey awards. Sparks won the 2013 Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award for his work on the Team Cul de Sac project which raises money for the Michael J Fox Foundation. He co-owns Sparking Design, a print and website development company in Asheville, NC.