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Birgit’s “See and Sign” at Barnes & Noble

Wow. “Just Bea” made it into a pretty cool book that really makes a difference.

100 artists pay tribute to creator of “Cul de Sac” Richard Thompson, who has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, by creating original comic and illustrative art to help raise awareness of the disease. I am honored that my cartoon, “Just Bea” is included in this book and it is placed on the pages next to the likes of Cul de Sac, Calvin and Hobbes, Beetle Bailey, Garfield, Fox Trot, Momma, Rhymes With Orange, Cathy, Hi and Lois.

I’m extending a personal invitation to join me at a book-signing at Barnes & Noble in Royal Oak Thursday July 12 from 6:30 -8:30. I’ll be signing “Cartoonist’s Draw the Line at Parkinson’s – Team Cul de Sac” and will say a little sumpin’ sumpin’ to kick it off.

“Richard Thompson is lucky to have a friend like Chris Sparks. With this amazing collection, Chris is raising significant dollars and awareness for Parkinson’s —while proving comedy can help speed a cure. We’re grateful to have both Chris and Richard on our team.”
– Michael J. Fox

“Team Cul De Sac is a coffee-table book first and foremost, filled with terrific art, but it’s also a tribute to Thompson from his many admirers, who have noticed how in just a few short years, Cul De Sac has already become a classic, with a universe rich enough that 100 different artists can approach it and find something uniquely wonderful to highlight.”
– Graphic novels & art-comics—June 2012

Publisher Andrews McMeel will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each book to the Michael J. Fox Foundation which is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease.

If you’d like to donate and help The Michael J. Fox Foundation find a cure, a donation box will also be on hand. Checks can be made out to The Michael J Fox Foundation.


If you are within shoutin’ distance come on by, I can’t wait to see you!

“Just Bea” Meets Alice From “Cul De Sac”

This posting is a tribute to Richard Thompson, creator of “Cul de Sac”

Never as I was growing up playing on the playground did it cross my mind that as I got older, so would my parents. Swinging from the monkey bars I thought we’d go on forever.

But, as time passed my mom and dad started slowing down a bit and noticed things weren’t quite right. As it turns out, my mom suffers from Parkinson’s and my dad Alzheimer’s.

You know, ya just gotta love ’em.e

So, my sister and I take them to doctor appointments, hair cuts, grocery – or out for a bite to eat for a change of scenery. We do what we can to keep them keepin’ on in their own home.

Sometimes it isn’t easy, but it works out nicely that I get to live behind the house I grew up in where my parents still live. The biggest benefit is the comfort of just being there for them and being able to help out with day to day activities and chores. And, it also gives my mom having a sense of peace having me near by “just in case.” Besides, borrowing a cup of sugar is always convenient.

It isn’t much, I’m just doing what I can with what I’ve got.

Join Team Cul de Sac/Team Fox (yes, Michael J. Fox), and do what you can with what you’ve got. Every little bit helps.