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, November 6, 2022

Coming soon! Compleating Cul de Sac, second expanded edition!

Coming soon! Compleating Cul de Sac, second expanded edition! 80 pages more than the 1st edition. It's the perfect Thanksgiving gift!

Building on the original 2016 edition (designed by Richard's friend Bono Mitchell), editor Mike Rhode and layout designer Barbara Sutliff added additional material done by Richard as dedicaces in his books, more interviews, and the CDS children's theater play, in addition to the over 80 original CDS strips he left out of The Complete Cul de Sac.

We've also included many of the drawings of the CDS characters done for and in remembrance of Richard, and charity ones that have raised money for the Fox Foundation's Parkinson's disease research (after the initial Team Cul de Sac book and auction project by Chris Sparks).

All money from the book will go to Team Cul de Sac for the Fox Foundation. The book will be available to order via print on demand before the holidays.

 
Dedicace for cartoonist Harold Buccholz - just added this week!

Team Cul de Sac fundraising sketch by Karl Kesel

Sunday, October 16, 2022

Bono Mitchell's obituary and service

 

AUDREA MITCHELL OBITUARY


AUDREA Bono MITCHELL

Bono Mitchell, 75, of Arlington, VA passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, October 2, 2022. She was a gifted artist, successful business owner in DC and Virginia, generous benefactor of the arts and mentor to many young artists and designers. She had a long and successful life as a magazine designer and graphic artist in the Washington, DC, and Arlington area. She graduated from George Washington University in 1969 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Over the years she worked in the graphic design department at ABC News; graphic design at NAHB; art director of Bono Mitchell Graphics in DC and Arlington; Co-owner with Tom Specht, and Art Director of BonoTom Studio in Arlington. Bono retired in 2017 and enjoyed a life full of friends and family. She traveled widely, painting watercolor landscapes at every destination. She enjoyed weekends at her Chesapeake Bay house on Kent Island and couldn't wait to get back there to view the beautiful bay. Bono was preceded in death by her loving mother and father Autrey B. Mitchell and Margaret L. Mitchell of Stevensville Md, niece Audrey Simpson and brother-in-law Milton T. Calhoun. She is survived by her two loving sisters, Gaye Calhoun of Mclean Va and Sissie Simpson and husband Keggs Simpson of Ocean Isle, NC, nieces and nephews Melody Newton, Brett and his wife, Jennifer Calhoun, Tara Calhoun, Pete Calhoun, as well as a host of great nieces and nephews and other family members. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to your favorite charity or to fundraiser.michaeljfox.org in behalf of her beloved friend Richard Thompson. Gravesite funeral is planned for Monday, October 17, 2022, 1 p.m. at the Remington Cemetery in Remington, VA.

Published by The Washington Post on Oct. 13, 2022.
 
The service is tomorrow, October 17th. Details are in the obituary which suggests donations to Team Cul de Sac.

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Richard's earliest caricatures

"These were done by Richard for the original Gaithersburg location of Celebrity Delly. When they closed the Gaithersburg shop, they moved the artwork down to the Fairfax County location. He said it was his first professional job and he thinks he was paid in sandwiches." says Scott Stewart who's working on a book of his caricatures. As you can see, these are becoming weathered.

Sunday, October 2, 2022

Bono Mitchell has passed away



Local artist Bono Mitchell, long time-friend and employer of cartoonist Richard Thompson via Bono-Tom studio, has passed away according to her nurse on Facebook.

For many years Bono and Tom Specht art-directed magazines that used Richard's art, and she was one of his closest friends, visiting him regularly as he fell sick. She was a talented artist in her own right, and did lovely watercolors. Beyond that, she was a true character - larger than life in many ways - and a caring friend who will be missed.
 

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Cul de Sac still entertaining new readers

Richard's been gone for a few years now, but someone's first time reading Cul de Sac continues on. From the Daily Courier

New comics appear starting today Three new comics have been introduced on today's comics page — "Monty," "Cul-De- Sac" and "Baby Blues."

Hat Tip to the Daily Cartoonist for spotting this.

Monday, January 31, 2022