Yes folks, it's another panel from the yet-unfinished-or-sold-blockbuster-graphic-memoir. In this thrilling episode, our protagonist has visions. But visions of what?... or should that be whom? Find out when you read the entire thrilling narrative of one man's adventures with Parkinson's Disease. Not sold in stores, or anywhere else. Yet.
Team Cul de Sac, a project to raise money for Parkinson's research will bring out its book in June! The effort, helmed by the formidable Chris Sparks, is a book of cartoons that are a tribute to Richard Thompson, creator of the strip "Cul de Sac". Thompson is a cartoonist's cartoonist, and person with Parkinson's Disease. Contributors include Pat Oliphant, Garry Trudeau, Bill Watterson and a host of other extraordinary talents. You can find photos of much of the work here, including a portrait of Cul de Sac character Petey Otterloop by the reclusive Bill Watterson. The profits go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation. This has been a massive labor of love for Chris, and you can buy a special edition, if you're quick, by going here here It is rumored that the book will contain the image below, attributed to an obscure cartoonist who lives far, far away.
Here comes the next telehealth seminar. It's Parkinson's and music therapy. Learn how music is being used as therapy to address physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs. It will be presented by Bill Dluhosh, MT-BC Music Therapist. The broadcast can be seen here in Anchorage on January 9, at 1:00pm, Look for this event in room 2401 at 1:00 p.m. in the Providence oncology wing. Go to the second floor walk down the lonnnnnnnng hall that stretches South from the cafe and look for room 2401 pretty much at the end of the hall on your right, not far from the statue of Mary in the nook at the end of the Hall.
We will have our regular meeting on the 20th, fifth floor of the Pioneer home, 3:30, subject to be announced.
What was the problem with the page I posted yesterday? Too much talking and too little showing. We graphics novel author wannabes are supposed to trust the picture as a narrative tool. And besides, bouts of dyskinesia aside, drawing is fun. So I went back, took out some words and put in some pictures. Et voila! One page became two. Then I showed them to Pam who had some constructive criticism. So I went back and reworked them again. I'm trying to bear in mind the words of economist J.K. Galbraith, who said (quoting from memory here) "The note of spontaneity that people praise in my writing always emerges in the fifth draft."
Welcometo all with an interest in Parkinson's Disease. This blog was to be an information clearinghouse for the Anchorage Parkinson's Disease Support Group, where meeting schedules, agendas, speakers etc could be found. It's still that, but has also become a sort of therapeutic hobby. So I invite you to join in the discussion and experience a little therapy as well. This will be as interesting as we as a community make it. Think loud and sound off!
Our Support group meets the third Saturday of each month at 3:30 in the afternoon. The meetings take place at the Anchorage Pioneer Home , 923 West 11th Avenue in downtown Anchorage on the fifth floor in the West lounge. You may call 350-9691 with questions about the group and meetings.
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The Knight Digital Media Center, judges of the Alaska Press Club's annual journalism awards selected The Alaska Parkinson's Rag for second place in the "Best Blog" category for 2008. Here is an excerpt of their comments:
"...Alaska Parkinson's Rag is many things: a community resource, a humor column, a science and medicine explainer. But it's also something that few blogs ever manage to be: addictive and gripping. Everything seems to work just right on this blog, and it is a powerful testament to what a person can achieve in this medium. "