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TEAM CUL DE SAC: Legend Sergio Aragones contributes but MAD-ly

From the pen — and mind — of Sergio Aragones. (SERGIO ARAGONES / courtesy of Team Cul de Sac)

Since it launched nearly a year ago, Team Cul de Sac has attracted original-art contributions from dozens of the biggest names in comics, including “Calvin and Hobbes” creator Bill Watterson and “Doonesbury” creator Garry Trudeau.

Today, Team Cul de Sac announces its latest art “get”:

Legend Sergio Aragonés — who has told Comic Riffs he’s appeared in every issue of MAD magazine but one since 1964 — has donated new art that flashes his signature style.

In the cartoon, one of Aragonés’s distinctive crowd scenes — Nordic warriors pitched in battle — backdrops “Cul de Sac’s” Alice Otterloop walking Mr. Danders.

(Aragonés has been busy: Over the weekend, he appeared at the Savannah College of Art and Design to reunite with some of the “Usual Gang of Idiots,” including such other MAD legends as Al Jaffee and Jack Davis. NCS president and MAD artist Tom Richmond blogged on the special event.)

“Sergio is one on the people I have admired so much in my life,” Team Cul de Sac director Chris Sparks tells Comic Riffs. “He played a pivotal point in my life years ago.”

In January, Sparks and “Cul de Sac” creator Richard Thompson launched Team Cul de Sac, a cartoon book-and-auction campaign to raise money for Parkinson’s research. Thompson announced last year that he has Parkinson’s.

Sparks introduced Thompson to Aragonés at the 2010 Baltimore Comic-Con. “In many ways,” Sparks says of Sergio, “he gave me the inspiration to go forward with Team Cul de Sac.”

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Garry Trudeau’s Team Cul de Sac contribution, which will be auctioned off with scores of other original artworks. (GARRY TRUDEAU / courtesy of Team Cul de Sac & Universal Uclick)

Writer/artist/visual storyteller Michael Cavna is creator of the "Comic Riffs" column and graphic-novel reviewer for The Post's Book World. He relishes sharp-eyed satire in most any form.

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