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

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Richard Thompson original art including in Chris Schweizer's graphic novel exhibit

It's at minute 45.

ART OF THE KIDS' GRAPHIC NOVEL Exhibition Virtual Visit

A live walk-through of the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts's ART OF THE KIDS' GRAPHIC NOVEL Exhibition, with curator Chris Schweizer

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Jason Chatfield on seeing Richard Thompson originals

from his Dispatches from NancyFest 2024 on Substack, and reprinted with his permission. Subscribe here -

When I was here 6 months ago for Cartoon Crossroads Columbus —my first as a guest presenter— I got to see an extra special selection of art by my favourite cartoonist, Richard Thompson. Jenny had pulled them out, especially for me ahead of time.

Seeing Original Richard Thompson art up close is a pretty special experience. Five Stars. Highly recommend.

When I eyeballed Richard's original art for the first time I thought I was having heart palpitations. I pored over the Cul De Sac strips with a magnifying glass, forensically studying his line like Sherlock Holmes trying to solve A Scandal in Bohemia. I can't quite describe how important it is for artists (especially younger artists) to see original art, up close: white-outs, pencil marks and all. I never attended art school, but I've learned more from mushing my eyeball against great art than from any drawing class I've ever tried.

Friday, March 22, 2024

New Team Cul de Sac site launches

Team Cul de Sac

Cartooning Against Parkinson's Disease

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Richard Thompson drew About Schmidt

Courtesy of his friend Joe Sutliffe, here is a drawing that Richard did for an article on the movie About Schmidt and actuaries in films for Contingencies Magazine July/August 2003, p. 33.

The article is "Sic Transit Gloria Mundi" by Joseph C. Higgins, p. 32-34.

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Team CDS drawings by Jon Esparza for this year's auction

 Jon's always been great about donating artwork for the annual auction at HeroesCon. Here's 2 pieces he did this year. The Mr. Danders balloon was photographed when Chris unwrapped the art and unfortunately has a reflection of packing material as a result. I bought the Alice and put it on the scanner when it arrived from Chris this week (we operate on Thompsonish time scales).

And a real quick page addenda for your existing book:

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

New book from Richard's friends Watterson and Kascht

They met as we were all working on The Art of Richard Thompson.  At some point during that, they decided to work together. Their new book is The Mysteries.

You can hear them talking on this new video, which is about the process of making the book, and fascinating:

Collaborating on The Mysteries - Bill Watterson and John Kascht

Thursday, May 4, 2023

CdS daily page sells at auction

Last night a Little Neuro strip sold for a piece that would have shocked Richard, but made him proud.