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, 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.

Thursday, March 30, 2023

Bonotom Studio design samples book

Richard's freelancer employer Bono Mitchell hired him frequently for magazine illustrations for her Bonotom Studio, which she ran with Tom Specht. I scanned a booklet of their work today, although there's nothing by Richard in it. There is a Guy Billout illustration for Contingencies magazine.

Friday, March 10, 2023

Richard lifting his mother's Suitcases (updated)

One of Richard's earliest jobs, done in a style he never returned to, was illustrating his mother's autobiography, The Suitcases. His mother, Anne Hall Whitt, spent some time in an orphanage in Charlotte, NC. The book is touching and worth reading. 

 The first time we went to HeroesCon, Richard and I visited the site (pictures now included below), and he was very moved by it. Here's some images from Bono's copy of the book, along with some material from Mrs. Whitt-Thompson's funeral that was laid in.

Richard at the orphanage site, June 6, 2010 (updated3/10/23):


The following letter and photo layout are from Richard's father -