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Portland Oregon’s John Callahan passes at 59
John Callahan, a local cartoonist, children’s book author in Portland, OR, has passed away at the age of 59.
He lived in Northwest Portland and was a fixture in the community. He could often be easily spotted by his bright red hair as he piloted his powered wheelchair through the area.
Callahan had been a quadriplegic since a car accident at age 21. He also was the author of 10 books including an autobiography called “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot: The Autobiography of a Dangerous Man.” He also produced a children’s book that sidestepped his typically dark sense of humor.
His cartoons and life inspired an animated series called Quads that retained his very un-PC humor. However, his persona was also at the heart of a children’s animated series called Pelswick, which used a lighter touch to show the challenges for a boy confined to a wheelchair.