The blog of Richard Thompson, caricaturist, creator of "Cul de Sac," and winner of the 2011 Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Bill Watterson art auction for Team Cul de Sac - information on bidding

In honor of Arlington's Richard Thompson who passed away two years ago fro Parkinson's disease, Bill Watterson has donated a signed sketch in The Complete Calvin and Hobbes book vol. 1
  Chris Sparks added 2 photos in ORIGINAL COMIC ART COLLECTORS .       Chris Sparks June 8 at 10:34am   For folks asking me about the Bill Watterson art for The Michael J Fox Foundation/ Team Cul de Sac. Feel free to email me at teamculdesac@gmail.com for other questions. Please share. This is for a great cause. Art info: "Calvin and Hobbes sketch and signature by Bill Watterson, approx 2" x 2" - On display Friday night during the Drink and Draw, auctioned off Saturday night at the Art Auction" Bid on the Bill Watterson Calvin and Hobbes art Auction/Team Cul de Sac Drink and Draw. Chris Sparks will be at AA-724 next weekend at Heroescon. Come by and see him for any questions about TCDS or anything about the Drink and Draw. This year HeroesCon is privileged to display and auction off a copy of the Complete Calvin and Hobbes for Team Cul de Sac and the Michael J. Fox Foundation. This volume features a rare signature and sketch from creator Bill Watterson. There are several ways to bid on this unique item. Email your proxy bids to teamculdesac@gmail.com by 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 16. Email bids received after 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 16 will not be tallied. The piece will be auctioned off live at 9 p.m. Saturday night during the HeroesCon art auction in the Westin Grand Ballroom. Bids may also be placed live starting at 9 p.m. via Heroes' Facebook Live event. Make sure to follow Heroes Aren't Hard to Find on Facebook to participate in the live auction. Further information can be found online at www.heroesonline.com, www.teamculdesac.blogspot.com, and the Information Booth on the convention floor. ***More info with be posted next week and weekend about details on the Facebook live event.*** Don't miss the 8th Annual HeroesCon Drink & Draw Charity Event Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Westin Providence Ballroom; co-sponsored by Chris Caira and Brian Saucier of www.creatorlaw.com. Come see and bid on live art pieces created by attending HeroesCon artists, with all proceeds going to Team Cul de Sac for Parkinson's Research in honor of the late, great Cul de Sac cartoonist Richard Thompson.. Art supplies and materials will once again be provided by Cheap Joe's Art Stuff, and live music by our friends Jack the Radio.   Like Comment    
   
   
 
   
   
 
 
   
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For folks asking me about the Bill Watterson art for The Michael J Fox Foundation/ Team Cul de Sac. Feel free to email me at teamculdesac@gmail.com for other questions.

Please share. This is for a great cause.
Art info:
"Calvin and Hobbes sketch and signature by Bill Watterson, approx 2" x 2" - On display Friday night during the Drink and Draw, auctioned off Saturday night at the Art Auction"

Bid on the Bill Watterson Calvin and Hobbes art Auction/Team Cul de Sac Drink and Draw. Chris Sparks will be at AA-724 next weekend at Heroescon. Come by and see him for any questions about TCDS or anything about the Drink and Draw.

This year HeroesCon is privileged to display and auction off a copy of the Complete Calvin and Hobbes for Team Cul de Sac and the Michael J. Fox Foundation. This volume features a rare signature and sketch from creator Bill Watterson. There are several ways to bid on this unique item. Email your proxy bids to teamculdesac@gmail.com by 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 16. Email bids received after 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 16 will not be tallied.

The piece will be auctioned off live at 9 p.m. Saturday night during the HeroesCon art auction in the Westin Grand Ballroom. Bids may also be placed live starting at 9 p.m. via Heroes' Facebook Live event. Make sure to follow Heroes Aren't Hard to Find on Facebook to participate in the live auction. Further information can be found online at www.heroesonline.com, www.teamculdesac.blogspot.com, and the Information Booth on the convention floor.

***More info with be posted next week and weekend about details on the Facebook live event.***

Don't miss the 8th Annual HeroesCon Drink & Draw Charity Event Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Westin Providence Ballroom; co-sponsored by Chris Caira and Brian Saucier of www.creatorlaw.com. Come see and bid on live art pieces created by attending HeroesCon artists, with all proceeds going to Team Cul de Sac for Parkinson's Research in honor of the late, great Cul de Sac cartoonist Richard Thompson..

Art supplies and materials will once again be provided by Cheap Joe's Art Stuff, and live music by our friends Jack the Radio.
 






 
 
   
   
 
 
 
   
 
   
   
 

   


Monday, June 4, 2018

Signed Bill Watterson book to be auctioned for Team Cul de Sac

From Chris Sparks:

Bill Watterson contributes a signed with a doodle in a hardcover of the Complete Calvin and Hobbes to Team Cul de Sac for our Heroescon Drink and Draw auction. A sketch from Bill is beyond very rare. We appreciate his continued support in helping us to raise money for the Michael J Fox Foundation for research in honor of our friend Richard Thompson. (Remember, you can donate at any time). Please visit our booth at Heroescon and come out to our drink and draw at the Westin ballroom on Friday night,the 15th of June. We will probably do remote bidding for those unable to attend in person

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Support Team Cul de Sac by donating artwork


Heroescon (June 15th-17th) is right around the corner. Guess what folks, it means it is time for me to ask for more wonderful donations for this years Drink and Draw! Which will be held on the night of the 15th after the shows activities are over for the day. Shelton Drum and the crew will be announcing the location soon over at https://www.heroesonline.com/heroescon/

I met Richard Thompson at Heroescon in 2008. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's a year later and in 2010 we started Team Cul de Sac to raise money for the Michael J Fox Foundation. So far we have raised over $241,000 bucks and I would really like to break the quarter million dollar mark this year.

What can we use? Original published art is always wonderful! We also love any art that you would like to produce for the event that you have been inspired to do this year.

Maybe you have a new book out and would like to send a few copies with sketches in them?

Maybe you want to do a live painting at the event for us?

Maybe your publisher would like to donate other books for us to sale at our booth?

Remember every penny we raise goes to The Michael J Fox Foundation for research. Not a penny goes to the overhead of the operations.

I need donations by 8th of June. Remember to send a business card/ contact info so we can promote you and your donation!

Our address is

Team Cul de Sac
C/O Chris Sparks
54 Herron Ave
Asheville NC 28806

If you have any questions, please email us at teamculdesac@gmail.com



Friday, September 8, 2017

New collection of Richard Thompson art coming out next weekend


The Incomplete Art of "Why Things Are"
Art by Richard Thompson
Foreword by Joel Achenbach • Edited by Michael Rhode
The Richard Thompson Library, Volume 1
Before the incalculable capacity of the Internet to answer nearly any question put to it while allowing a legion of pedants to hold forth without constraint, getting the facts of the matter took some effort. Just before the end of those benighted times there was a Washington Post column entitled "Why Things Are" to which readers could pose everything from child-like queries to stoner hypotheticals in the hope of answers to life's arcane conundrums. That weekly column ran in the newspaper from 1990 to 1996, and it was adorned with smart, silly cartoons by then staff artist extraordinaire Richard Thompson. In retrospect, it's not surprising that those cartoons stand up quite well by themselves, getting their own laughs from the eccentric questions posed by readers. Gathered here for the first time is a (near) complete collection of Thompson's genius illustrations and cartoons for "Why Things Are," the first regular humor series in Thompson's career.
THE RICHARD THOMPSON LIBRARY

The Richard Thompson Library, published by Picture This Press, collects the work of one of the great artists working in cartooning and illustration in the last 25 years.
Paperback: $27.95 • 346 pp. • B&W • paperback • ISBN: 978-0-9906932-8-4
Hardcover: $34.95 • 346 pp. • B&W • hardcover • ISBN: 978-0-9906932-9-1


Richard Thompson (1957-2016)

Richard Thompson
photo by Allan Janus

Thompson—one of his generation's greatest cartoonists and caricaturists—was beloved by readers and fellow artists alike. Pat Oliphant called him "Michelangelo with a sense of humor," and Bill Watterson, who had not said anything publicly in almost 20 years, broke his silence to credit Thompson with "giving me a reason to read the comics again." In a more than 35-year career, Thompson, his work appeared in U.S. News & World Report, The New Yorker, Air & Space/Smithsonian, National Geographic, and The Atlantic Monthly. He is best known for his 2004–12 syndicated comic strip, Cul de Sac.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Richard Thompson at Deep Creek Lake - previously unseen art



A local illustrator, caricaturist and courtroom artist Dana Verkouteren just shared this painting with me, noting it "was one Richard painted after he, Bono [Mitchell], and Linda Lunsford were up at Deep Creek lake with me, for a  late autumn weekend. It was an incredible thank you gift that I treasure! Honestly, even looking at it up close, I’ve no idea how he created that image. 



This was back in the early 1990s. This is a watercolor I did from a photo after the weekend from a hike. That’s Linda in front with her camera, my brother Steve is in the red shirt, and my ex-husband Bill standing. That’s a part of Richard painted in the lighter green, slightly hidden behind Steve’s backpack. That’s Steve’s dog “Lexi” happily striding on the left.

Thanks to Mike Jenkins for the tip.

Monday, June 12, 2017

George HW Bush on his birthday

Richard was doing a lot of caricatures during Bush's political heyday. Today, on his 93rd birthday, George HW Bush looks better than ever, so here's a recently-auctioned painting of him, along with two of the sketches Richard took to get to it.



 


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

John Cuneo draws the Otterloops for charity

Richard's good friend, the fantastic illustrator John Cuneo, did this lovely drawing of the Otterloops for the upcoming HeroesCon Drink and Draw charity auction. Money raised goes to Team Cul de Sac which presents it to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's disease research.