The first print collection of Richard Thompson’s Cul De Sac is due out in September. From his blog, we learn that Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson has written the forward. Richard joked that having Watterson write the forward was such a rush that it “made me blush so hard I got a nosebleed.”
You can read the complete forward over on Amazon’s web site. I’ve included a snippet below. The book is also in the pre-order stage at Amazon with a price guarantee that if the price of the book ever drops between the time you pre-order it and when it ships, you only pay the lesser amount.
Bill Watterson on Richard Thompson
And oh, those gorgeous drawings! With a mix of rambling looseness, blotchy crudeness, and sheer cartoony grace, Thompson’s expressive pen line is the equal of any of cartooning’s Old Masters. Thompson has a very sharp eye and a command of technique we almost never see anymore. He reminds us that comics can be more than illustrated gag writing, and that good drawings can bring a comic strip’s world to life in countless ways that words cannot. The artwork in Cul de Sac bowls me over. It’s a pleasure to study long after the strips are read.