Archive for the ‘comic strip’ Category

Mell Lazarus 1927 – 2016

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Mell Lazarus, creator of the comic strips “Momma” and “Miss Peach,” Reuben award winner, former National Cartoonist Society President, novelist, playwright and great friend has passed away. Mell joined me for trips to the cartoon festivals in Rathdrum, Ireland and St. Just Le Martel in France. Mell, a born and bred New Yorker, took some light-hearted ribbing about staying at a B&B on a farm. A true professional, kind and full of humor, we’ll all miss him.

The National Cartoonists Society page has more.


Team Cul de Sac auction results

Friday, June 15th, 2012

The Team Cul de Sac auction of original art  has raised $47,000 for Parkinson’s research. The first publicly seen art from Calvin and Hobbes creator, Bill Watterson, fetched over $13,000! Below are the top ten selling pieces:

1. Bill Watterson Petey Otterloop Painting $13,145.00

2. Stephan Pastis Alice Traps the Family Circus Kids Comic Strip $2,868.00

3. Richard Thompson Team Cul de Sac Cover Illustration $2,031.50

4. Patrick McDonnell Hand Colored Illustration $1,912.00

5. Patrick McDonnell Little Neuro’s Bed Illustration $1,792.50

6. R. Sikoryak Gouache Blue Period Illustration $1,314.50

7. Sergio Aragones Groo the Wanderer and Alice Illustration $836.50

8. Lincoln Pierce Otterloopy Comic Strip $776.75

9. Jim Davis Studios/Eric Reaves Petey and Alice Meet Charlie Brown Hand Colored Comic Strip $776.75

10. Mason Mastroianni Alice in Stone Illustration $507.88

Team Cul de Sac book signing tonight!

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

If you are near Arlington, VA tonight, Richard Thompson, Chris Sparks and a host of cartoonists will be signing the Team Cul de Sac book at:

One More Page Books
2200 N. Westmoreland Street #101
Arlington, VA 22213

Tell them I sent  you!

Team Cul de Sac Book and auction

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

The Team Cul de Sac book is now available! The book is a collaboration among many cartoonists to raise money for Parkinson’s disease. Richard Thompson, last year’s Reuben Award winner and creator of the wonderful comic strip “Cul de Sac,” was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. His friend and webmaster, Chris Sparks, set up Team Cul de Sac as part of the Michael J. Fox Foundation’s team efforts to raise money to fight this progressive and debilitating disease. It’s all here in the Washington Post.

You can buy the book here and on Amazon. If you buy it from Chris’ website you will get free shipping and $5 gets donated to the fund.

And the auction:

You can also buy the original art from the book here. There is work from Sergio Aragones, Mort Walker, Bill Watterson, Lynn Johnston, Cathy Guisewite and many others. This Heritage auction has only 9 hours to go so don’t wait. Make sure you look for my piece . . . hint, hint.



Creig Flessel

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

I’ve been lucky enough to have called Creig Flessel, a cartoonist whose work dates back to comics “Golden Age,” a good friend. Creig was the first person I met when I joined the Berndt Toast Gang. His talent was truly incredible and he was a kind and wonderful friend. The members of the group adored him so much to have deemed him the “Infallible Creig Flessel.” His professional work spanned over 70 years. From “The Sandman” in Adventure Comics, to the David Crane comic strip, and even Baron von Furstinbed for Playboy. Creig passed away at 96 in 2008.

In honor of what would have been his 100th birthday on February 2nd, the Berndt Toast Gang is sponsoring a display of his work at the Art league of Long Island now through January 30th. Some pieces have never been publicly displayed before.

On January 27th, the Gang will be at the Art league for a closing reception displaying our work and drawings of Creig and his characters.

Hope to see you there!

Team Cul de Sac

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

Fellow cartoonist Richard Thompson, the creator behind “Cul de Sac,” was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. I met Richard at last year’s Reuben Awards. He and I were listening to hilarious stories from Arnie Roth. Richard is up for the “Cartoonist of the Year” and Cul de Sac is up for Best Strip at this years Reubens.

Chris Sparks is running a”Team” as part of Michael J. Fox’s efforts to raise funds for research. Team Cul de Sac will be producing a book of drawings submitted to the effort and the originals will be auctioned off. You can find out more here and visit the “Team Cul de Sac” blog here.

Here’s my submission, influenced by the Oct. 02, 2007 strip where Danders the guinea pig explains why he hates hermit crabs.


Sunday, July 18th, 2010

My friend and fellow cartoonist, Mark Szorady, has announced his new cartoon-related blog at There’ll be postings of Mark’s strip, “George,” and other bits of useful information with a humorous twist.