I never met Richard Thompson in person, although I did have a few chance interactions with him on Twitter. Early on when I started on that site, I had mentioned one day how I wished my local paper, The San Diego Union-Tribune, carried Cul De Sac. About an hour later, he tweeted me back, thanking me and jokingly asked if he could crash on my couch during Comic Con! He wound up not making it that year (because of his illness), but he would've been more than welcome to the sofa in my home. At that moment, I didn't even know he was ill. I just knew he did a comic that I absolutely adored and couldn't get enough of.
The art in today's post was made in honor of Richard Thompson and his wonderful characters. The piece at the top of the page was for the Team Cul De Sac art auction that Chris Sparks hosts every June at HeroesCon in Charlotte. I drew this piece back in May and included my three favorite characters: Mr. Danders, the wily guinea pig always looking to make a quick get away; Petey, Alice's neurotic older brother always trying mightily to get a grip on his oboe; and, of course, Alice, a wonderfully imaginative, pangolin-obsessed little girl who looks at every manhole cover as her own personal stage. I don't know if this piece sold to be honest, but it is one of the things I'm most proud of. Coloring the grass on this piece wasn't easy, but it was worth the effort.
After word of Mr. Thompson's passing reached, I did another bit of art...
I never knew Mr. Thompson, but I knew his work and knew it was very good. I know he is in a better place now and I know he made this world better for having been here. I urge any who want to help fight Parkinson's Disease to check out the Team Cul De Sac site to learn more. But more than that, I want to thank Richard Thompson for being such an amazing artist and for bringing so many smiles during his time here. And thank you Richard for giving us Alice, whom I will always see dancing whenever I pass a manhole cover.