My name is Rick London. Hi.
A little about me…okay maybe a little more than a little…a lot then. There I said it.
I founded Londons Times Cartoons & Funny Gifts on March 19th, 1997 in an abandoned tin shed outside of Hattiesburg, Ms (where I was born and raised). My main website is http://LTCartoons.com. I hope you bookmark and visit often. 8.8 million others have dropped by and most seem to return. I hope you will too.
I had a bit of a tumultuous childhood in that I was born with autism/Asperger’s and Vanus (flat feet) both of which went un-diagnosed. I won’t go into the scope of the dysfunctional nature of my family, but let’s just say they were not The Waltons.
Not being a great artist (a fair one), my vision was/is to create a cartoon that was “a bit cartoony and a bit fine art”. I was at a loss in that I didn’t have the money to take classes or buy any special equipment. My complete inventory of everything I owned was a beat-up IBM clone 386 pc, a wonderful stray dog named “Thor”, $288, a dial-up phone line to AOL and a free website with more popup ads than cartoons.
Sometimes having conditions such as autism can be advantageous. In my case, I didn’t know I wasn’t supposed to contact Charles Schulz, Leigh Rubin, Dave Coverly, etc. from my tin shed to get “mentoring advice”. So I did. I called a lot of other cartoonists to “learn the trade”. Ironically it was Sparky Schulz, Leigh Rubin, and Dave Coverly who were the most generous with their time. I am still in touch with Dave. If not for their knowledge and wisdom, I would not be here telling my story. The smaller-time cartoonists, and those in between mediocre to “making it big” had littlle or no time for me. Most would not even speak to me; only the ones who had made it big and then some. They taught me a valuable lesson. Never ignore someone who is working hard to try to make it….even if they are living in a tin shed sleeping on the floor. And one might be surprised just how many are. My family of birth would have nothing to do with me. Cartooning was what “crazy people did”. So was licensed cartoon merchandise. Rather ironic given that one of my siblings went to Disneyland for his honeymoon. Bet Walt got a big chuckle upstairs smiling down.
Two heart attacks and one wonderful marriage later (to my best friend), Londons Times Cartoons or LTCartoons.com has been Google’s #1 ranked offbeat cartoons and gifts since 2005 and Bing’s #1 ranked since 2008. I am married to the best woman in the world, who also happens to be the best nature/wildlife photographer and can also create artwork like nobody’s business. It looks wonderful on her own product brand line on everything from tees to ceramic tiles to home decor and more. Her name is Lee Hiller-London (Lee Hiller). If you get a chance visit her HikeOurPlanet.com or LeeHiller.com.
A percentage of all product sales (such as tees, mugs etc) benefits autism, animal, and environmental causes.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. My products make great gifts (or collectibles), and tend to rise in value. Be sure to buy some for someone you love (including yourself) 🙂
Feel free to comment on my blog. All feedback is invited (positive or negative) and I’ll respond as often as time permits. 🙂