R.I.P. Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson died.

I didn't really know him at all. I interviewed him a couple times, I have been a huge fan of his for years. Until yesterday I would have said that he was one of the greatest living cartoonists. He was an immense talent - a funny writer, a gifted artist, and he had this perspective this strange way of looking at the world which is so relateable, so understandable, and yet is such a strange unique experience that is unlike anything else. Reading Cul de Sac, I am torn between remembering my own childhood and this sense that I am experiencing in the strip something that has never existed before but which I can understand.

When Thompson retired years ago, so many of us felt it was unfair. The truth is that Cul de Sac should have been a huge success, published in papers across the country and around the world. Thompson should have been a household name. If there was justice, Cul de Sac would have been around for decades, and people would speak of the strip the way that many of us have talked about Peanuts and Calvin and Hobbes. It was that genius. It deserves to be mentioned in the company of those strips.

Richard Thompson was a funny man, a brilliant artist, and a really nice, kind person. The world is a little poorer without him.

I spoke with Thompson twice over the years, in 2011:

And in 2014:

Neither are the best interviews I ever did. I wish I could have spent more time with him. Rest in peace.

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