“America’s greatest quadriplegic, recovering alcoholic cartoonist” (prev.) has died at 59. John Callahan drew irreverent cartoons (some too irreverent – scroll down), created one cartoon series for kids and another for adults (plus animated versions of many of his comics), wrote and performed songs, and collected his hate mail. He was a local celebrity in Portland, Oregon, the subject of a Dutch documentary and an unlikely role model. “The odor of mortality (was) hard to avoid around Callahan,” and now it has caught up with him.

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