Richard C. Thompson
(born 1957) is an illustrator and cartoonist best known for his syndicated comic strip Cul de Sac
and the illustrated poem "Make the Pie Higher
". He was given the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year in 2011.
Cul de Sac
Thompson did numerous humorous illustrations to accompany feature articles in The Washington Post
. His comic strip Cul de Sac
focuses on a pre-school girl, Alice Otterloop, and her daily life at school and at home. It began as a Sunday feature in the Washington Post Magazine
and was launched in more than 70 newspapers in the fall of 2007. It is distributed nationally as both a daily and Sunday by Universal Press Syndicate
The first book collection of Cul de Sac
strips, published in 2008 by Andrews McMeel, includes the pre-syndication Washington Post
strips in color, as well as a foreword by Bill Watterson
, who praised Thompson's work:
- I thought the best newspaper comic strips were long gone, and I've never been happier to be wrong. Richard Thompson's Cul de Sac has it all--intelligence, gentle humor, a delightful way with words, and, most surprising of all, wonderful, wonderful drawings. Cul de Sac's whimsical take on the world and playful sense of language somehow gets funnier the more times you read it. Four-year-old Alice and her Blisshaven Preschool classmates will ring true to any parent. Doing projects in a cloud of glue and glitter, the little kids manage to reinterpret an otherwise......