Video: Documentary on the Art of Richard Thompson

The must-watch video of the day:

The Art of Richard Thompson from GVI on Vimeo.

Michael Cavna has interviewed the filmakers. Head over to his Comic Riffs blog to read the exchange and background info on the documentary short.

MICHAEL CAVNA: Congratulations on the beautiful documentary, guys. When did you first discover Richard?s work, and what inspired you to make this film?

ANDY HEMMENDINGER: Richard has been a friend and neighbor of mine for the last 15-plus years. I enjoyed his sense of humor from the beginning, and while I knew he did illustrations and cartoons, I?d never seen any of his work. One day, a friend of mine called up and said that he?d made fun of my last name in a cartoon that he?d done. After that, I started paying attention to his work.

I loved his sense of humor and began to read him regularly, especially when ?Cul De Sac? started. It did surprise me that not everyone knew who he was, though. This past spring, I was visiting Richard and saw a self-portrait he?d drawn in which he was a chick that had just hatched. That image really struck me. It made me think of the endless hours he?d spent staring at a blank piece of paper, waiting for ideas to strike. Like staring at the inside of the egg. And now it wasn?t the lack of ideas that constrained him, but the Parkinson?s. [Ed. note: Thompson retired “Cul de Sac” in 2012 to battle his Parkinson’s disease.]

2 thoughts on “Video: Documentary on the Art of Richard Thompson

  1. One of the two greatest living cartoonists/artists today, IMHO.

    His work should be a reminder to all that cartooning is an art form- first and foremost.

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