Charles "Deal" Whitley was the cartoonist-creator of Opporknockitytoons and High Orbit, and was involved in Rowrbrazzle. He died in August of 1992 of sickle-cell disease, at the age of 35. He was good friends with Ken Sample.
Deal's most well-known character was Christopher Ransome, a.k.a. "'Topher, the world's cutest otter". He was himself the basis for characters designed by others, including the otter Dael Valderzha who appears in Steve Gallacci's Albedo, and the silkie Mocha Davison, drawn by Ken Sample.
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