The great Richard Thompson, creator of the best comic strip of the 21st century (so far), passed away last week. Â If you don’t know his Cul de Sac, you really should. Â The easiest way to acquaint yourself with its (and his)Â geniusÂ is to pick up a copy ofÂ The Complete Cul de Sac – two volumes, covering
Richard Thompson’s Cul de Sac is one of two comic-strip masterpieces of this century.1 Fortunately for the busy comics-reader, you can now read the entire workÂ in The Complete Cul de Sac (2 volumes, just out from Andrews McMeel). Unfortunately for the medium (of comics! of Art!), the complete run of the Thompson’s daily strip is
To begin today’s post, here is a photo of Eric Reynolds and I fending off the crowds at this morning’s signing. One at a time, folks! One at a time! There are plenty of books for everyone. Seriously.Â There really are plenty.Â I’ll be signing at the booth again on Sunday, from 2-4. Small-Press Comics
1. Best novel that I missed when it came out: Guus Kuijer’s The Book of Everything (Scholastic, 2006).Â Narrated by a nine-year-old, this is an all-ages book about love, faith, and growing up.Â It has a sense of humor, too.Â I devoted a post to this book earlier in the month. 2.Â Album of the Year:
If you donâ€™t already read Richard Thompsonâ€™s Cul de Sac, you really should. This is one of the comic strips that will, in the future, be regarded as classic. It’s that good.