Jeff Pert, the Maine artist whose moose and lobster cartoons on souvenirs make tourists laugh, is being memorialized by family and friends with a fund that will benefit a favorite writing program.

Pert, who lived in Brunswick, died unexpectedly in April. He was best known for his cartoons, which were published in local media and adorned magnets, postcards and mugs in souvenir shops, but he was also a writer of horror and dark fantasy.

Pert was a longtime member of a Maine writers’ group and in 2006 was selected to attend the Odyssey Writing Workshop in New Hampshire, a respected program for writers of fantasy, horror and science fiction. The summer workshop, according to his family, was a pivotal experience for him.

The Jeff Pert Memorial Fund will finance the appearance of a guest lecturer at each Odyssey workshop. To help raise money for the fund, Pert’s family has donated two books from his collection that he prized the most: signed copies of Stephen King’s “The Dead Zone” and “Danse Macabre.” The books will be auctioned on eBay in a special event. To participate in the auction, or get more details, contact Odyssey director Jeanne Cavelos at [email protected] or call (603) 673-6234.

Donations to the fund can be made at, or by mail: Odyssey, P.O. Box 75, Mont Vernon, N.H., 03057. Specify that the donation should go to the Jeff Pert Memorial Fund.

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