I’ve read Richard Thompson’s cartoons for a long time. When I think about Sunday mornings where I grew up in Maryland, I think about the sections of The Washington Post strewn across the dinner table. In high school, Richard’s Poor Almanac was the highlight of the Style section, and I remember the first Cul de Sac strips appearing in the Washington Post Magazine.
That’s why it’s such a bummer that Thompson is hanging up his pen due to Parkinson’s. We knew it was coming eventually, but that doesn’t make it any better.
Do yourself a favor and introduce yourself to Thompson’s work if you haven’t already. Cul de Sac might be the most tremendous comic strip since Calvin & Hobbes. Maybe also check out Team Cul de Sac, a collection of artwork to raise money for Parkinson’s research.