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RIP: John Callahan

July 28, 2010

He wasn’t for everyone, but we sure liked him.

“John Callahan, a quadriplegic, alcoholic cartoonist whose work in newspapers and magazines made irreverent, impolitic sport of people with disabilities and diseases and those who would pity and condescend to them, died Saturday in Portland, Ore. He was 59 and lived in Portland.”

Here’s his Web site. It actually has a section titled “Free Animations,” and visitors are invited to take one or more, asking only that you provide a link back to the site in exchange. What a guy. Here’s a fairly mellow one that’ll give you a bit of an idea what John Callahan was all about:

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Paul W Hopkins
Paul W Hopkins
July 28, 2010 7:44 pm

John helped to laugh at ourselves, especially knowing what his situation was. He’ll be missed.

Brock A Johnson
July 31, 2010 12:24 pm

An great man with an great legacy. He had many talents and was renowned and loved for all of them. He struggled with many problems the last part of his life and went to the grave with the knowledge that he will be remembered more for his accomplishments in cartooning and animation than for what he did to end his life. I send my most sincere regrets and condolences to any and all friends and family members as they say goodbye to him. He will be missed but never forgotten. RIP John Callahan.

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