Today I received Favorites, the zine Craig Fischer has put together to benefit Team Cul de Sac’s fundraising to support research into Parkinson’s disease. It’s a great little thing I encourage you to buy and read, and not — really! — just because I have a piece in it on Carl Barks.

You see, Team Cul de Sac is run by Chris Sparks, friend to the great cartoonist behind the comic strip of the same name, Richard Thompson, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2009. Its main project is a massive art book with contributions from a wide range of cartoonists to be published by Andrews McMeel in 2012.

Favorites is Craig’s and a bunch of other writers about comics’ way of contributing to this worthy cause. It unites thirty-odd such people, each of us writing about “our favorite comic”, whatever that may mean. Here’s the list of contributors: Derek Badman, David Bordwell, Noah Berlatsky, Alex Boney, Matthew J. Brady, Scott Bukatman, Joanna Draper Carlson, Isaac Cates, Rob Clough, Corey Creekmur, Andrew Farago, Craig Fischer, Shaenon K. Garrity, Dustin Harbin, Charles Hatfield, Jeet Heer, Gene Kanneberg Jr., Abhay Khosla, Susan Kirtley, Sean Kleefeld, Costa Koutsoutis, Andrew Mansell, Robert Stanley Martin, Chris Mautner, Joe McCulloch, Anna Merino, Mike Rhode, Jim Rugg, Frank Santoro, Chris Schweizer, Caroline Small, Tom Spurgeon, Ben Towle, and myself.

Favorites is $5. You can buy it through Team Cul de Sac.

Cover illo from Favorites by Richard Thompson.


  1. Thanks for the mention, and the contribution.

    F. Dawson, nope, you’re not being dumb. We haven’t totally figured out how to sell it by mail yet. However, email me at and we’ll figure out something for you.

    TCDS member

  2. Yup, I’m the dumb one here.

    I’ve sent out the contributors’ copies, but for various personal reasons, haven’t pinned down the procedure for ordering the zine through the TCDS website yet. In a week or two, I promise!

    And thanks to Matthias for the praise and hype–I thought all the writers did a terrific job.

  3. Oh, sorry Craig and Mike, I was perhaps being a little quick here.

    Anyway, I encourage anyone interested to get a copy as soon as they can!

  4. Matthias,

    Nope, thanks for mentioning it. Craig’s got them printed, and we sold some at Heroes Con, so we want to get the rest out to people. This is just a bit complicated since the money eventually needs to end up with the Fox Foundation, but it’s coming in to Team Cul de Sac through a bunch of different volunteer efforts.

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