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

Monday, January 9, 2023

Another dedicace for Cul de Sac

 Material keeps trickling in, now that we've finished the book. Here's a drawing I got from a friend over the weekend.

And the new page you can print to add it to your book.

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Thompson's first paying work: A menu from the Celebrity Delly

 Here's some better pictures and information on this, from Brian Nicklas.

"While cleaning up and moving things around, I found this Celebrity Delly Menu that Richard did. I think Richard told me it was his first actual cash payment for art. (I paid him a pack of Twinkies and a Coke for an Atilla the Hun's Birthday Party announcement.- And I keep looking for that - it was a great looking Attila wearing a cone party hat and using a party blower.) 

This is pretty much a year out of high school I think. The original menu is on blue paper - it doesn't reproduce well. BUT LOOK AT THOSE FACES.  What a talent. (Signature below Woody Allen) 

 The Delly in Rockville moved, and moved yet again, and then was gone. But the best was when Richard and a few other friends came to visit me when I was at Uni in Florida.  We went to Disney World (of course) and stopped for lunch/brunch on the way.  At the exit in the North Orlando area, we saw a shopping center and pulled in. There was a sign for "Celebrity Delly"  so we thought "what a hoot - let's go."  Inside, down the wall, was the mural Richard had painted at the Rockville location. Except copied. And copied BADLY.  We were laughing so much we could hardly eat. I think we found out the one in Orlando was run by a cousin of the owner in Rockville. 

 That was the trip where Richard couldn't contain himself at Disney.  At one point, he pointed at the mouse head cast into the sewer lid and shouted: "A cartoonist did all this!  ALL THIS!  The POWER!!!"

My goodness I miss that man."