Comic Riffs: Cul de Sac


Posted at 11:58 PM ET, 12/31/2012

END OF THE LINE — AND THE BLUEPRINT FOR A BEGINNING: The story behind the most compelling cartoon of the year

When ‘Cul de Sac’ creator Richard Thompson really shared the inner workings of his brain.

By Michael Cavna  |  11:58 PM ET, 12/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  richard thompson, cul de sac, team cul de sac

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 09/21/2012

‘CUL DE SAC’ ENDS SUNDAY: Cartoon peers salute Richard Thompson [UPDATED]

Cartoon peers salute Richard Thompson as he battle’s Parkinson’s

By Michael Cavna  |  11:58 AM ET, 09/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  richard thompson, cul de sac

Posted at 12:44 AM ET, 06/11/2012

TEAM ‘CUL DE SAC’ AUCTION: Rare Watterson painting sells for $13K

Rare painting by ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ creator Bill Watterson sells for more than $13,000 at Team Cul de Sac auction.

By Michael Cavna  |  12:44 AM ET, 06/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  team cul de sac, richard thompson, chris sparks, bill watterson, stephan pastis, patrick mcdonnell, r. sikoryak

Posted at 05:08 PM ET, 06/04/2012

TEAM CUL DE SAC BOOK LANDS: ‘Cartoonists Draw the Line at Parkinson’s’ arrives Tuesday amid auction, Michael J. Fox feedback

Team Cul de Sac’s new charity art book for Parkinson’s research lands Tuesday — as the donated original art is auctioned off.

By Michael Cavna  |  05:08 PM ET, 06/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  team cul de sac, richard thompson, chris sparks, michael j. fox

Posted at 02:58 AM ET, 04/19/2012

TEAM ‘CUL DE SAC’ AUCTION: Parkinson’s campaign sets May date for selling top artists’ contributions

Original art by more than 150 top artists — including Bill Watterson, Garry Trudeau and Pat Oliphant — will be auctioned in May as part of “Cul de Sac” creator Richard Thompson’s campaign to fight Parkinson’s disease.

By Michael Cavna  |  02:58 AM ET, 04/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  team cul de sac, drawing the line at parkinsons, cul de sac auction, richard thompson, chris sparks

Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 02/17/2012

‘CUL DE SAC’ GUEST ARTISTS MOVE IN MONDAY: On hiatus, Thompson asks 6 top cartoonists to take a shot at his strip

Six top cartoonists will take over the creative duties of the comic for five weeks while creator Richard Thompson seeks treatment for Parkinson’s.

By Michael Cavna  |  12:01 AM ET, 02/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Richard Thompson, Cul de Sac, Mo Willems, Stephan Pastis, Lincoln Peirce, Michael Jantze, Corey Pandolph, Ken Fisher

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 11/22/2011

TEAM CUL DE SAC: Galifianakis’ beautiful nod to Richard Thompson

By Michael Cavna  |  08:30 AM ET, 11/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  richard thompson, nick galifianakis, team cul de sac

Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 10/15/2011

ALICE BEFORE ‘SWINE’: Pastis’ magnificent ‘Cul de Sac’ mash-up is our Cartoon of the Day

By Michael Cavna  |  12:01 AM ET, 10/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cul de sac, pearls before swine, richard thompson, cul de sac

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 10/07/2011

LINKS OF THE WEEK: From ‘xkcd’s’ inspired Jobs tribute to Neil Gaiman art

By Michael Cavna  |  04:15 PM ET, 10/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  xkcd, randall munroe, steve jobs, richard thompson, cul de sac, the simpsons, harry shearer, neil gaiman

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 06/03/2011

‘RIFFS PICKS: Five Favorite Images of the Week

By Michael Cavna  |  12:44 PM ET, 06/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cul de sac, heroescon, dc comics, wonder woman, cliff chiang, valiant entertainment, tom toles, kate beaton, hark a vagrant, reuben awards

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 05/20/2011

‘CUL DE SAC’ GALLERY: The animated shorts

By Michael Cavna  |  09:00 AM ET, 05/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cul de sac, richard thompson, michael fry, ringtales

Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 04/22/2011

THIS JUST IN: First new art from ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ creator in 16 years, syndicate says

“Calvin and Hobbes” creator’s painting a contribution to “Cul de Sac” fundraiser.

By Michael Cavna  |  03:44 PM ET, 04/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  richard thompson, bill watterson, calvin and hobbes, cul de sac

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 01/21/2011

TEAM CUL DE SAC: Richard Thompson launches cartoon campaign to fight Parkinson's

A new squad of cartooning forces has assembled to battle Parkinson's disease. Its name: Team Cul de Sac. "Cul de Sac" creator Richard Thompson -- who announced in 2009 that he has Parkinson's -- says he's teaming with Andrews...

By Michael Cavna  |  02:15 PM ET, 01/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  General, General, General | Tags:  Cul de Sac, Michael J. Fox, Richard Thompson

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 01/07/2011

2011 RIFFY AWARDS: Vote now for Best Comic of the Year...

We put out the call for your nominations. The question: What was the Best Comic (Any Medium) in 2010? Today, having tallied your most nominated comics, we announce the six finalists for the big 2011 Riffy Award. They are:...

By Michael Cavna  |  10:30 AM ET, 01/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The Riffy Awards | Tags:  2011 Riffy Awards, Cul de Sac, Dilbert, Doonesbury, Jesus and Mo, Pearls Before Swine, xkcd

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 11/19/2010

SHOUT-OUT OF THE DAY: Why 'Pearls' tips its (backward) cap to 'Cul de Sac'

(click here for enlarged image) The comics pages aren't unlike a sports team, in that only a couple of superstars are required to spark a wider sense of excitement, daily devotion and -- with an eye on the bottom...

By Michael Cavna  |  01:45 PM ET, 11/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The Comic Strip, The Comic Strip | Tags:  Cul de Sac, Pearls Before Swine, Richard Thompson, Stephan Pastis

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 11/15/2010

BEHIND THE SCENES: See 'Cul de Sac,' 'Pearls,' 'Lio' cartoonists offer peeks behind the creative curtain

RingTales co-founder Michael Fry recently told Comic Riffs that his animation studio would soon feature behind-the-scenes interviews with such cartoonists as Stephan Pastis ("Pearls Before Swine"), Richard Thompson ("Cul de Sac"), Mark Tatulli ("Lio") and Paul Gilligan ("Pooch Cafe"),...

By Michael Cavna  |  10:30 AM ET, 11/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The Comic Strip | Tags:  Cul de Sac, Lio, Mark Tatulli, Michael Fry, Pearls Before Swine, Richard Thompson, RingTales, Stephan Pastis

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 10/08/2010

'CUL DE SAC,' Or: The Day's Favorite Funnypage Reference to Batman...

Friend of Comic Riffs Richard Thompson really, really knows his comics. Which is why we especially appreciate the second-panel reference in today's "Cul de Sac": Alice saying "Adults are a sentimental lot" is, of course, a wonderful allusion to...

By Michael Cavna  |  09:30 AM ET, 10/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The Comic Strip | Tags:  Cul de Sac, Richard Thompson

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 06/08/2010

READERS: Which strips would YOU pick to anchor your comics page?

A change in The Post's comics lineup always makes for a heftier mailbag. And when that change involves the rightly beloved "Cul de Sac," then woe to the virtual mailboy who must lug that fatted satchel. With Gene Weingarten...

By Michael Cavna  |  11:15 AM ET, 06/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The Comic Strip | Tags:  Barney & Clyde, Comics Reporter, Cul de Sac, Doonesbury, Tom Spurgeon

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 04/07/2010

The Riff: It's high time to make CUL DE SAC an animated show

Maybe it's seeing those fluidly loose lines in motion. Perhaps it's the thrill of watching Dill rock back and forth, back and forth, just so. Or it could be, simply, the just-right sound of Alice Otterloop's voice. Whatever the...

By Michael Cavna  |  08:30 AM ET, 04/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The Comic Strip, The Comic Strip | Tags:  Comic Riffs blogger Michael Cavna on Richard Thompson's Cul de Sac deserving an animated TV show; RingTales.com creates Cul de Sac animations; animated Dilbert & Baby Blues & Boondocks & Ugly Americans

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 03/17/2010

'CUL DE SAC' in action: Deftly, Richard Thompson is quick on the draw

Forget Wonderland's Alice for a while. Today, our favorite three-dimensional Alice goes by the name Otterloop. "Cul de Sac's" Reuben-nominated creator, RICHARD THOMPSON, recently turned his pen toward drawing a three-minute Alice (and company). And thankfully, someone turned a...

By Michael Cavna  |  10:45 AM ET, 03/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The Comic Strip, The Comic Strip | Tags:  Cul de Sac, Richard Thompson

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 02/24/2010

AWARDS: 'Cul de Sac' cartoonist 'gobsmacked' by Reubens nod; Pastis & Piraro also nominated

The call so blindsided "Cul de Sac" cartoonist Richard Thompson, he says he didn't even quite understand the news. National Cartoonists Society prez Jeff Keane was calling to tell Thompson that he was a finalist for the Reuben "Cartoonist...

By Michael Cavna  |  11:00 AM ET, 02/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The Comic Strip, The Comic Strip | Tags:  Bizarro, Cul de Sac, Dan Piraro, Jeff Keane, National Cartoonists Society, Pearls Before Swine, Reuben Awards, Richard Thompson, Stephan Pastis

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 01/19/2010

'CUL DE SAC's Richard Thompson spills some trade secrets

"Cul de Sac's" Richard Thompson (Courtesy of Richard Thompson) Gotta share my fave link from over the weekend... Some of my favorite art from "CUL DE SAC" cartoonist and longtime Post contributor Richard Thompson comes when he works in...

By Michael Cavna  |  04:45 PM ET, 01/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The Comic Strip | Tags:  Cul de Sac, Richard Thompson

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 12/07/2009

Which comic strip do we deem 'Best of the Decade'?

Not only is it that time of year -- it's also that time of the decade, when The TV Hosts, The Media and The Grand Poobahs of Pop Culture Punditry assign rankings to everything notable in the 10-year rear-view...

By Michael Cavna  |  02:15 PM ET, 12/07/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  General, General | Tags:  Cul de Sac, Richard Thompson