It Is The End, My Friend

Richard Thompson’s last Cul-de-Sac strip ran Sunday, September 23 – or as Michael Cavna says it in his blog, Comic Riffs:

ALICE OTTERLOOP HAS danced on her last manhole. Petey Otterloop has read his last “Little Neuro” comic (we can relate, brother). And thousands of “Cul de Sac” fans feel as bereft as Mr. Danders, the caged class guinea pig, suddenly left alone in the dark.

Thompson is retiring the strip due to his struggles with Parkinson’s Disease.

Cavna also ran printed numerous tributes from the artist’s colleagues.

Thompson came out of fanzine fandom. Many of his cartoons appeared in the 1980s and 1990s in such fanzines as Stephen Brown and Dan Steffan’s Science Fiction Eye, Ted White and Dan Steffan’s Blat! and the Disclave program book.

[Thanks to Martin Morse Wooster for the story.]

4 thoughts on “It Is The End, My Friend

  1. Side bar thought: I used to always buy the NY Daily News when the rag carried four pages on comics. Now it has only two, and most of them are the solid “walking on a treadmill” comics with no new ideas or characters and frequently unfunny.

    The Death of Cmics seems to be caused by economics.

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