Profiled: Richard Thompson featured on Boing Boing

Glenn Fleishman writes a wonderful profile of Richard Thompson, his battle with Parkinsons Disease and the lastest news of hiring Stacy Curtis to do the inking.

Thompson is the creator of Cul de Sac, a delightful daily comic strip that features the Otterloop family: Alice, Petey, Mom (Madeline), and Dad (Peter). There are dozens of incidental characters, including a loquacious guinea pig named Mr. Danders. The first time I saw the strip a few years ago, I was flabbergasted. I can remember the precise strip from February 16, 2009: look at the sophistication and humor in four panels, none of them the same width or the same or framing (or perspective), even though the actual subject matter is a family heading to a restaurant for dinner. I particularly liked Petey’s flash-forward terror in a silent panel while he imagines a boat-brice-a-brac hanging above him like the Sword of Damocles.