Michael Cavna reports that six cartoonists will fill in for Richard Thompson’s Cul de Sac for a five week stint stating Monday and ending March 19 for dailies and the Sunday features run March 18 through April 15. The guest cartoonists include: Mo Willems, Stephan Pastis, Lincoln Peirce and Michael Jantze, Corey Pandolph and Ken Fisher.
And artistically, Peirce experimented as he sought a middle (play)ground between his style and Thompson’s. “Part of the charm of ‘Cul de Sac’ is the loose, kind of wobbly quality of the line – it’s a far more variable and expressive line than I generally employ in my own strip – and I just wasn’t capturing any of that. So I fussed around a little bit … and ended up with something that’s closer to Richard’s style than my own, but certainly not a 100 percent attempt at imitation…because who can draw like that but Richard?”
Richard announced in January he was taking a 3-4 week hiatus to participate in physical therapy sessions for those with Parkinsons disease.