Long-time editorial cartoonist Merle "Ting" Tingley died on June 4. Tingley drew for the London Free Press from 1948 to 1986, and was known for frequently hiding his character "Luke Worm" in his drawings.
A colleague of Mr. Tingley’s at The London Free Press once wrote, “It’s an unforgettable experience to hear him groan as he sketches, erases, rejects and starts all over again. To watch him race the engraver’s deadline is to witness an epic struggle between artistry and necessity.”
In 2014, the Ting Comic and Graphic Arts Festival was launched as a tribute to Tingley.