Help Is Needed to Keep Gahan Wilson Making Cartoons

Gahan Wilson as he appeared in 2013 at his house in Sag Harbor Morgan McGivern

Gahan Wilson’s cartoons, which graced the pages of Playboy, The New Yorker, and other publications for more than 50 years, are instantly recognizable for their dark, even warped humor and macabre imagery. Five and a half years ago he sat for a profile in his house in Sag Harbor, where he lived for 20 years, offering warmth, wit, and insight into his work and the artists who have influenced it, among them Goya, Daumier, and Hogarth.

Since then, Mr. Wilson has suffered a series of setbacks, according to Paul Winters, one of his stepsons. He has severe dementia, and his wife of 53 years, Nancy Winters, died on March 2. “She was his rock,” said Mr. Wilson. “While we all helped with his care, it was my mother who grounded him. He is currently distraught and out of sorts with the world.”

Despite his fame, which included the publication of some 15 books and a feature-length documentary film, “Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird,” he did not profit from his art as well as he could have. He was unable to remain in Sag Harbor, and neither he nor his stepsons can sustain much longer the cost of the mental health care facility where he currently resides.

Mr. Winters has set up a GoFundMe site to help defray the cost of Mr. Wilson’s care. The site is almost halfway to its goal of $100,000. Mr. Wilson was the subject of a profile in The Star in 2013.

One of Gahan Wilson's cartoons from The New Yorker Collection used in The Star's profile in 2013Cartoonbank.com