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

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Today's Cul de Sac

I'm putting this up just because I like it. The only thing I'd change would be to add "Oh, no!" in Alice's balloon in the fifth panel, right before "The children fell into their ice cream!"


the cheese guy said...

The problem is when you start prattling, its hard to stop!

Roto13 said...

I love this strip. It reminds me so much of growing up with a younger brother.

fritzoid said...

Tell me about it, cheese guy. WHy, sometimes I'll get started on one topic, like how great Richard Thompson is, and I just don't know when to stop. Did you know that he was featured in a book called "Looking for Calvin and Hobbes"? It's by this rock'n'roll reporter who interviewed a lot of other cartoonists and stuff about how they were influenced by Bill Watterson, and the book cites Watterson's forward to "Cul de Sac: This Exit." But the author misidentified THIS site as "Richard Poor's Almanac", and seemed to think it's a weekly strip that Richard Thompson does. But what do you expect from a rock'n'roll journalist, right?

Speaking of rock'n'roll, do you know the singer/songwriter named Richard Thompson? He's great, too. I saw him a couple of weeks ago and thought it would be funny to get his autograph on my "Cul de Sac" books, but I figured I wouldn't have an opportunity so I didn't bring them to the show. I was right, though, I wouldn't have had an opportunity to have him sign them. I don't think he would have MINDED, though. Richard Thompson (the musician) seems like he has a great sense of humor. I think it would be equally fun to have Richard Thompson (the cartoonist) autograph my CD's. I have a King James Bible that's autographed by Penn & Teller. They used it as a prop in one of their audience participation bits, and I was the participating audient and the let me keep the bible. I think maybe they HAVE to give away the bible so the Gideon Society will let them use their bibles. The frontispiece of the book says "Placed by the Gideon Society (and stolen by Penn & Teller)". The Gideon Society doesn't particularly care how you USE the bibles, their whole reason for existing is just to get them into as many hands as possible. That's why you don't need to feel guilty about taking the bible from your hotel room, if you want. That's waht the Gideons WANT you to do, and the hotels get them free anyway.

Wouldn't that be funny if the two Richard Thompsons met? I know Richard Thompson the cartoonist is partial to Classical music, but he also likes anything Irish or Scottish (except for that unicorn song), and Richard Thompson the musician plays a lot of stuff that's based on traditional Irish music. He grew up in England and not Ireland, I think, but his background is Irish. He lives in California now, though. I heard an interview with him once where he said he's in California for the culture, and goes back to England for the weather. So you can see what I mean about him having a sense of humor. He's also a practicing Muslim now. I don't know if he has a sense of humor about THAT, though, so I wouldn't ask HIM to autograph a King James Bible (if I DID, it would be a different copy than my Penn and Teller copy.)

Did you know Teller is one of only like three people in the United States whose legal name is a single word? I mean it's on his passport and everything. Just "Teller." By the way, when I was on stage for their trick using the bible, Teller actually spoke to me. It was too soft for the audience to hear, but he said "Ooh, that's a good one."

the cheese guy said...

I have a 50 minute audio interview of this Richard Thompson that is awesome. It will be released in the next month or so. It takes sooo much time to edit all of his rants and inappropriate language. HAHA! Get Richard drunk of coffee and cheese and he will say anything.
All joking aside. Its a wonderful interview and I was honored to get to interview him.
We can Prattle!

Barbara Hanson said...

I was born a prattler, and I will die a prattler. When I'm not prattling aloud, I'm prattling on paper, which at least I get paid for. Alice has a bright future in the underpaid world of publishing!

Luc said...

As usual, you have me laughing out loud at my computer. :)