Several cartoonists to work on Big Top while creator’s ill

Several syndicated Universal Press cartoonists are taking time to help produce the “Big Top” comic feature while creator Rob Harrell is undergoing cancer treatment behind his right eye.

?I?ve really been overwhelmed by the kindness and the support of all the creators and the syndicate,? said Harrell, whose Universal strip features a cast of circus animals and their friends. “Big Top” appears in about 40 newspapers, including the Boston Herald and the Detroit Free Press.

Guest artists will include Mark Pett (“Lucky Cow“), Glenn McCoy (“The Duplex“), Jan Eliot (“Stone Soup“), Bill Hinds (“Cleats“), Mike Baldwin (“Cornered“), Phil Dunlap (“Ink Pen“), Jim Davis (“Garfield“), Mark Tatulli (“Heart of the City“), Paul Gilligan (“Pooch Cafe“), Gary McCoy (“The Flying McCoys“), Karen Montague Reyes (“Clear Blue Water“), and Chip Dunham (“Overboard“).