“I’ve gotten too unreliable to produce a daily strip,” Thompson said. “I’m thankful for all the newspapers who took a chance on ‘Cul De Sac.’ ”
Bill Watterson, creator of “Calvin and Hobbes,” said: “I’m just grateful we got to have ‘Cul de Sac’ as long as we did — it was a beautiful and fun gift. I admire not only Richard’s immense talent and artistic integrity but also the grace and openness with which he’s confronted his struggles. What gives me hope is knowing that Richard is nothing if not artistically versatile, so he may find new ways to create yet.”
Thompson’s fans — many of whom have followed his work since “Richard’s Poor Almanac” debuted in Style in 1997 — reacted to last month’s “Cul de Sac” announcement with disbelief, denial or sad acceptance. And foremost, of course, was the concern for the Arlington County cartoonist’s health.
To mark Thompson’s five-year run with “Cul de Sac,” which won the esteemed Reuben Award last year and has received Ignatz and Harvey awards this month, here are a selection of farewells readers posted on the Comic Riffs blog.
It became one of those little things that happy couples share that probably seem silly from the outside but are precious to those inside. The sheer understated brilliance of this strip, day after day, simply amazed us. . . . You will be missed every morning by so many.
My first reaction to this sad news was selfish: This is a personal loss because I so love Alice and the entire cast of Characters (with a capital C!). Just yesterday I told a friend how “Cul de Sac” is among my lifetime favorites.
Your work has been a source of daily joy. Alice and Petey and dioramas and the mysteries of plastic sliding boards will never be forgotten (and Alice’s wild eyes get me every time). Thank you for sharing this gift with us, and if you’ve ever wondered which strips ended up on refrigerators, in my case it’s “I was having a bad day and his big bucket head annoyed me.”
Will the class hamster ever find his love? Will Petey ever get some sun? I am so grateful for your brilliance and weirdness, many many thanks for all these years of laughter, the kind that makes me poke my husband and say: “Read this! And then give it back!”
This is the most wonderful “dysfunctional,” and thereby normal, family ever! I knew kids like this! I WAS a kid like these! I will miss them so much!! Thank you for creating this home, and letting us into it! Best to you in your fight!