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Handicapped African-American Cartoonist New Book Gets a Big Boost from Celebrities, Seth Macfarlane, Billy Crystal, Jeff Foxworthy, Louie Anderson, Jack Black, and Others

Minneapolis, MN, September 04, 2019 --( Leslie Taha is an African American cartoonist whose cartoon panel (and book) titled, “Off My Meds” has been acclaimed by some of the top people in the comedy world such as Seth MacFarlane, Billy Crystal, Jeff Foxworthy, Louie Anderson, Jack Black and others.

But he has a serious handicap; he has struggled with mental illness his entire life. He is among the many who have suffered from bipolar disorder, severe anxiety and depression. These issues put his life on a downward spiral until he discovered an outlet, - cartooning which has become his lifelong compulsion and his therapy (along with medications).

The title of his new book, “Off My Meds” is not an accident. He says that he decided to name it that because he comes up with his funniest cartoons when he temporarily goes off his meds.

He began his cartooning career as a teenager in the San Francisco Bay Area. His cartoons ran in many local small papers and at one point was syndicated in Canada by Miller Features Syndicate. He continued creating cartoons after relocating to the Twin Cities in 2011.

Many liken his cartoons to Gary Larson’s, “The Far Side,” but they definitely have their own unique look and feel. He publishes books (three total) through his small publishing company, Silverstone Press, and with much success. His new book is climbing the charts at Amazon, and drawing rave reviews from celebrities, reviewers, and fans alike.

Taha’s work has at times been criticized because some of his cartoons poke fun at mental illness, but he feels that humor can be very therapeutic in dealing with his own mental health challenges, and that probably holds true for many others as well. As they say, humor (and medications) are the best medicine.

Mental illness is something that those suffering with it have always felt that they must keep in the closet. It is the hidden handicap. To say that there is a negative stigma attached to it would be putting it mildly, but there are many artists, musicians, writers, and others who have excelled in their field in spite of it, (and maybe to some degree because of it). As the old saying says, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

Leslie Taha lives in Minneapolis, MN with his wife, the multi-award winning Native American artist Chholing Taha. “Off My Meds” is available at

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