Richard Thompson, celebrated Cul de Sac creator, died on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. His family and friends confirmed that he passed due to complications from Parkinson’s disease. Thompson was 58 years old.
Thompson’s Reuben Award winning comic strip Cul de Sac was introduced to The Washington Post in 2004. It has since been syndicated by Universal Press Syndicate/Universal Uclick.
The pen and ink strip takes place in a suburban setting inspired by his own childhood in Montgomery County, Maryland. The wry story followed 4-year-old Alice Otterlop, her older brother Petey and parents, plus friends and classmates. It debuted in February 2004 as a valentine to natives around Washington, DC who do not work within the government.
He also drew the weekly Richard’s Poor Almanac in the Style section of The Post. He won the National Cartoonist Society Reuben Award in 2011 and a year later a charity named for his comic published Team Cul de Sac: Cartoonists Draw the Line at Parkinson’s art book.
“For many artists, the goal is to draw well,” Pete Docter, the Oscar-winning Pixar director said. “Richard Thompson’s drawings are indeed drool-worthy, but what sticks with you is something deeper: his ideas. Richard somehow noticed things the rest of us missed, but that we recognize immediately as true. Richard’s work lovingly bites at the ankles of society. And it’s all delivered in a deliciously hearty meal of an amazing — and funny — drawing.”
Thompson is survived by his wife Amy and two daughters.