The blog of Richard Thompson, caricaturist, creator of "Cul de Sac," and winner of the 2011 Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Team Cul de Sac

My friend the redoubtable and unstoppable Chris Sparks of Sparking Design has launched Team Cul de Sac, a fundraising site 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.

Here, from the Team page, is the deal:

Team Cul de Sac is inviting professional cartoonists, illustrators, artists and animators to donate original art made especially for a book, published by Andrews & McMeel, about Parkinson's awareness. Part of the profits from the sales of the book would benefit the Michael J Fox Foundation, and the original art would be auctioned as part of the fundraiser with all of auction money going to MJFF. Additionally, there could be a limited number of deluxe edition books signed and numbered by Richard Thompson (that's me).  
What is the theme? 
The theme is going to be fun. It's your take on the Cul de Sac characters. Please run with them; deconstruct them, parody them, confuse them, cubisize them, psychoanalyze them, draw them in your own strip, whatever tickles your fancy.. Enjoy. Open up your heart just create something out of the ordinary, maybe not your own characters, this is for you to let your talent to shine in a wide range of ways.
 Please write a little text if you would. Not necessarily about PD, but inspiration, technique, influences, determination, strength, spirituality, etc.

The information for donating (who, what, when, where) is at the link. Any questions can be directed to Chris at

Team Fox was launched in January 2006 as a way for The Michael J. Fox Foundation to support the heroes all over the country who already had made it their personal mission to find uniquely creative and fun ways to raise funds for Parkinson's research.  Team Fox provides guidance, tools and resources for the thousands of amazing people all over the world who are walking, running, baking, party planning, paddling, pedaling, and dancing to raise funds and awareness for Parkinson's research.In Team Fox's first five years, members raised an astounding $12 million.

My profound thanks to Chris and to all who help with this. As a guy with Parkinson's, I truly appreciate it.


chris said...

Im am honored to be your friend and be part of Team Cul de Sac. I am sure this will be one of the biggest fundraising events Teamfox will have.
I want to start thanking everyone who has helped me this far and to all who will be contributing to our team.

here today, gone tomorrow said...

Can't wait to sign up!

Caty Neis said...

Let's get it started!

Unknown said...

For sure I'm in! What size page dimensions are we talking?

Mark Tatulli

chris said...

If you click team cul de sac the first paragraph on the blog it will direct you to all the information.
You can email me at
Thanks for wanting to contribute!
Chris Sparks

Locadora do Werneck said...

''The specifications for the book are going to be 10-7/8" (wide) X 8-1/2" (tall) hardcover book, with a nice heavy art paper interior.''