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The creation of Dan Thompson, Rip Haywire is a contemporary comic strip combination of Indiana Jones, Mission Impossible and The Bourne Identity. Thompson has always loved adventure-themed stories, having grown up watching Hanna-Barbera's The Adventures of Jonny Quest and GI Joe episodes. A fan of Bill Watterson's "Calvin and Hobbes" as well as James Bond films, Thompson began his professional career doing character design and animation for FunnyBone Interactive, part of Vivendi Universal, then moved into freelance cartoon illustration and gag cartooning. A member of the National Cartoonists Society, he writes and draws cartoons for magazines, greeting cards, comic books and Web sites. His clients include MAD Kids,MAD magazine, DC Comics, Platinum Studios, Hank Ketcham Enterprises (for "Dennis the Menace"), Marian Heath greeting cards, and Bow Tie Publishing. Since 2002, Thompson has created a comic panel for Bird Talk magazine called "Zeus," starring an animated parrot. He also did a Web comic called "Lost Sheep" from 2003 until 2006. Dan also draws the hugely popular comic
"Brevity" for Universal Press Syndicate. A New England native, Thompson was born and raised in Lowell, Mass. He makes his home now in Graham, North Carolina, with his wife and sons.