Sun 31 Jul, 2016 09:52 am
Richard Thompson, acclaimed ‘Cul de Sac’ creator and Post contributor, dies at 58
By Michael Cavna July 27
RICHARD THOMPSON, the “Cul de Sac” cartoonist who is widely considered one of the greatest comic-strip creators and illustrators of his generation, died Wednesday in Northern Virginia, family friends confirm. He was 58.
Thompson, who lived in Arlington, died of complications from Parkinson’s disease, the effects of which he had endured for eight years.
Thompson was perhaps best known for his Reuben Award-winning comic strip “Cul de Sac,” which was born in 2004 as a weekly feature in the pages of The Washington Post Magazine, before being syndicated several years later by Universal Press Syndicate/Universal Uclick, which distributed the feature to hundreds of newspapers at its peak.
“For many artists, the goal is to draw well,” Pete Docter, the Oscar-winning Pixar director, tells The Post’s Comic Riffs. “Richard Thompson’s drawings are indeed drool-worthy, but what sticks with you is something deeper: his ideas. Richard somehow noticed things the rest of us missed, but that we recognize immediately as true. Richard’s work lovingly bites at the ankles of society. And it’s all delivered in a deliciously hearty meal of an amazing — and funny — drawing.”
Edgar, I can't believed I missed this. I loved Cul de Sac, and was sad to hear he had become so ill. Thompson was a funny man. I'm sorry to hear he passed.
Ps. I'm addicted to off beat comics.....My latest passion is Pearls before Swine
I read online comics daily. Pearls Before Swine can be brilliant at times.
Do you ever read 'WUMO' or 'Mike Du Jour'? They can be very enjoyable. Also 'Rhymes with Orange', "loose Parts", "Barney and Clyde" all seem to be promising. A little wry, off kilter but when they score they're great. Sometimes "Dustin" works but I'm not completely onboard yet.
I am not familiar with some of those. Rhymes With Orange I read. I still follow Calvin and Hobbes, even though it has lost much of its freshness. Herman, Farcus, sometimes Ziggy, Pearls Before Swine, several single panels I forget the names of. Big fan of Far Side. I follow a few comics out of sentiment of the past. Alley Oop and Gasoline Alley. The writing and art are terrible in the new Oop and the writing is poor but the art is good in Gasoline Alley. In Gasoline Alley, the characters were allowed to age, until Walt became about a hundred, then they 'froze.' Oh and reruns of Peanuts.
I don't see Calvin and Hobbs in the newspaper, are they online?
I go to this site almost daily for most of my comics.
Thanks Edgar, I'll check it out.
Well, thanks a lot, EB . . . I had never heard of that comic, and now I've just spent most of morning reading the first year of the strip.
I have most of the strip in collections a brother sent to me. I have long considered it one of the best ever.
i'll have to check it out