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, 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

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Edward Sorel on Richard Thompson via Virtual Memories Podcast

Gil Roth interviewed Sorel on Virtual Memories Show 462: Ed Sorel, and the two of them spoke briefly about Richard at minute 53:30 or so.

Sorel said, "There was one guy who worked like I did. We had the same methods of working, but he was every bit as good as I was. He was terrific. Richard Thompson. I only got to meet Richard Thompson once, and I kissed his hand. I thought he was just terrifc. His stuff made you smile, just to look at the drawing."

If I recall correctly, Richard also visited Sorel at his studio when he was still a student, or just afterwards. I'm sure Nick Galifianakis can tell us for sure. Sorel is probably recalling the time in 1997 he had an exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery and Richard undoubtedly went to the opening talk. But perhaps they met elsewhere...

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

A small exhibit honoring Richard Thompson in South Carolina

 A small exhibit honoring Richard Thompson can be seen at the West Ashley Library in Charleston, South Carolina, through the end of October.

 







Sunday, September 19, 2021

Richard Thompson's Cul de Sac art on auction



Richard Thompson Cul de Sac Sunday Comic Strip Original Art (Washington Post, 2000s). The "natural warmth" that Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbes) praised in Thompson's work is well represented in this undated installment -- an exploration of the slapstick possibilities of static electricity. Added Watterson: "Cul de Sac avoids both mawkishness and cynicism and instead finds genuine charm in its loopy appreciation of small events. Very few strips can hit this subtle note." A personalized inscription appears at lower right. Ink over graphite on Bristol board. Image area, 16.5" x 8.25". Excellent condition.

[It's at $725 tonight, which is too much for me. According to the inscription, Richard gave it to cartoonist Jeff Stahler]

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Some Air & Space art

 Richard's old friend Brian Nicklas just found some art that Richard had given him, and sent scans along for everyone to enjoy. Some of these look like they should be printed out and added to your "Incomplete Art of Why Things Are" book to further complete it.