Richard Thompson is an illustrator and cartoonist who’s cartoon feature Richard’s Poor Almanac and comic strip Cul De Sac have appeared weekly in The Washington Post and The Washington Post Magazine, respectively, for many years. Last year Cul De Sac made a very successful jump to national daily newspaper syndication, which is how I originally discovered Thompson’s work. After his strip launched, I visited his blog and became intrigued by his aforementioned creation.
Discovering his older feature many years after most people have, I was pleased to find that he published an anthology in 2004 called Richard’s Poor Almanac: 12 Months of Misinformation in Handy Cartoon Form. I picked it up on Amazon the other week and was not disappointed. It’s absolutely brilliant, and I highly recommend it.
Thompson’s art style has such a fun and spontaneous look, you just can’t help but be tickled by it. Combined with his smart and whimsical sense of humor, this book packed full of his cartoons is a real gem. I’d be hard pressed to categorize Richard’s Poor Almanac, but that’s what’s so great about it. It’s such a marvelously idiosyncratic creation, that it’s in a class all by itself. If you want to see some samples, just visit his blog at www.richardspooralmanac.blogspot.com
Cul De Sac is one of my daily reads. Do yourself a favor and check it out.