Holy Mackerel! Just added to the HeroesCon 08 Guest List is cartoonist Richard Thompson, the creator of the strip Cul de Sac and Richard's Poor Almanac newspaper strips, both for the Washington Post! "Cul de Sac"--which Todd and I have recently discovered here in the office and are APE over--is a shockingly well-crafted strip, the story of a suburban family and their, er, hijinks. While Cul de Sac is funny--and plenty funny at that--what makes it so fun to read is the mix of loose, energetic art with a spot-on sense of timing and all-around knowledge of what makes comics "work." Todd insists he's been telling me to read Cul de Sac for "like months", but it took a profile by Comics Reporter scribe Tom Spurgeon to make me take the plunge. Who can trust Todd? You shouldn't.
While Cul de Sac and its older brother, the acerbic editorial strip "Richard's Poor Almanac", are currently published in the Washington Post, next year it'll be syndicated in a number of papers nationwide--including our own Charlotte Observer! So if you are an Observer reader and like what you see when it starts, be sure and be vocal about it so they keep it around! And don't miss the chance to welcome Richard to his very first HeroesCon next summer!