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April 24th, 2011

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10:21 pm - Hey! They're talking about my shoe! My shoe is famous!!
Richard Thompson's comic Cul De Sac has fast become one of my favorite strips and not just because it's well-written, drawn in a unique style with wonderful penwork, and features kids who act like kids (Petey is a neurotic introvert who likes to stay in his room reading comics and his best friend may or may not be imaginary, Alice is an irrepressible preschooler with a rotating obsession for animals like fish-slapping bears and pangolins, and Kevin is, well, a buckethead) and adults who act like adults.

It's also responsible for bizarre but brilliant fan art like this:

Thompson recently announced that he has Parkinson's, and a whole band of cartoonists has rallied to his cause, setting up a fundraiser for Parkinson's research in his name. Well, his strip's name. It'll be in the form of a tribute book. If you look down a bit on Thompson's blog, you'll see Bill Watterson's contribution. If that man can come out of his voluntary seclusion to help out, you know Thompson does extraordinary work.

To be honest, that kind of support from one's peers shows me an amazing amount of love and respect. It's far greater than giving him a Reuben Award... which coincidentally he's up for this year in two categories. He's up against Glen Keane and Stephen Pastis for Cartoonist of the Year. He's also in the Newspaper Strip category which I hope he wins, because his competition there is Red & Rover, which is innocuous enough, and a mean-spirited, misogynistic strip so brimming with spite it takes two people, one of which is a bitter right-wing editorial cartoonist, to make it.

Go Richard!

And if you want to start reading the strip on a great story, start with last summer's tale where Petey went to Cartoon Camp. Alice goes to camp at her preschool and it's quite adorable, but Petey's adventures with his newfound cartoonist friends are absolutely brilliant.

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Date:April 25th, 2011 02:25 am (UTC)
If I recall correctly, for some reason the Washington Post prints him in the Sunday magazine instead of in the comics section proper.
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Date:April 25th, 2011 03:13 am (UTC)
I'd seen one of his comics before, but thanks to you I can now name the cartoon. I also read the entire summer of 2010. Yay!

Also, thanks to you, I have not been able to get Carol Channing singing "Too Drunk to F*ck" out of my head. It's been a month but it's not getting better! The only thing that helps is thinking of her and Noel Coward making a duet from Big Black's "Bad Penny".
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Date:April 25th, 2011 03:50 am (UTC)
Also, thanks to you, I have not been able to get Carol Channing singing "Too Drunk to F*ck" out of my head.

Admit it, it's worth it for "Shooting out cop tires sounds like loads of fun!"
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Date:April 25th, 2011 04:23 am (UTC)
It's been "take out your f*ckin' retainer, put it in your purse" too.

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