And the coolest part is that, giant in the form that he is, he's not necessarily the biggest giant in the list of cartoonists who have become part of this effort, although, it must be said, there aren't a lot of cartoonists who didn't grow up reading Mad Magazine.
For the three or four people who didn't already know, an explanation: Cul de Sac creator and friend-of-the-blog Richard Thompson has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, an occurrence which inspired Chris Sparks to form "Team Cul de Sac" as an effort to raise money for research on the disease through Michael Fox's foundation.
Word went out to cartoonists that the project was seeking Cul de Sac-themed art for a book and auction, and they responded in such huge numbers that simply dealing with the ones that arrived in time for the book proved to be a prodigious effort.
There are more that arrived after the frequently-extended deadline, and which will be part of the auction of original pieces that, as far as I know, is still to be scheduled.
The best way to get a sense of the participating artists is to go to the Team Cul de Sac page at Facebook and go through the photos there. Most are taken from a video and they aren't in sharp focus, but that's why you should buy the book, right?
That book, which will be published by Andrews-McMeel in June, is now available for pre-order at Amazon but there will be other ways to get it and I'll provide information on that at some point. The book is priced at $24.99, with Amazon having it marked down to $16.49, and, of course, that markdown is not likely representing them simply surrendering their cut.
We'll update as available, because I'm not convinced this is the appropriate time to go for the discount.
Meanwhile, here's Chris, with the video from which those stills were taken.