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Interview with Richard Thompson of Cul De Sac

The Washington Post's comic blogger Michael Cavna has a profile of Cul de Sac creator Richard Thompson in this week's Post Magazine.  It's really well-done, good read and Thompson's career and life story is particularly interesting.

Comix Talk for Friday, February 18, 2011

Well I'm writing this post so the first thing I'm mentioning is that I did a "cover" of a panel from the 80s comic book Spiderman Versus Wolverine for the Repaneled blog -- it's up over there today.  I think the "cover" concept blogs are all pretty fun; there's a lot of them actually.  Repaneled is on the newer side but has a lot of interesting work up already.  UPDATE: Speaking of covers, friend-of-ComixTalk-for-life James Duncan has a cover of an Alpha Flight issue up at the Covered blog.

MILESTONES: It's the 7th anniversary of Richard Thompson's Cul De Sac. This comic is so good, it's kind of a shame it wasn't around for the last newspaper golden era of Calvin & Hobbes and The Far Side, it more than holds it own.

AWARDS: The Glyph Award nominees are out and nominated in the Best Comic Strip or Webcomic category are The K Chronicles by Keith Knight; Marty’s Diner by Dmitri Jackson; The Revolutionary Times by Brandon Howard and Sean Mack; Solomon Azua by Jake Ekiss; and World of Hurt by Jay Potts.

INTERVIEW: The Phoenix New Times interviews Matt Inman about his webcomic The Oatmeal.  His first book, 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch A Dolphin In the Mouth, is coming out on March 5.



Comix Talk for September 16, 2010

Wow I was completely zapped by three days of con-mania this past weekend.  In any event, I've posted some photos, my first "live" interviews - well first I've recorded and shared with peoples like yourselves. I've got a few more to edit and post -- hopefully by the end of the week along with a convention-report style wrap-up.  There's been a lot of posts on SPX (Tom Spurgeon's round-up of such posts is here).  I missed the panel there with Richard Thompson, creator of the best new comic strip in recent years -- Cul de Sac but moderator Mike Rhode posted the audio from the panel.


Warren Ellis posted a little blurb about ideal digital format and pricing for comics.  There were some recent posts about the current price of monthly comic books pamphlets floppies 32 pages with staples thingees lately -- prices have gone way up and that format is really not a cheap buy for entertainment anymore.  Digital comics could be.  Webcomics surely are -- free is the ultimate sampler price.  I also missed posting about the speech on this future for comics that Mark Waid gave at the Harvey Awards ceremony -- Waid followed up with a blog post containing a more polished version of the speech here -- it's well worth reading.


David Willis -- who I got to meet at Intervention -- launched his brand spankin' new Dumbing Of Age webcomic.


John Allison writes that he's going to stop posting Bad Machinery as a webcomic, but instead turn towards finding a publisher for it.  Presumably to put out a print version that would help it to find more younger readers? 


Co-creator Eben E.B. Burgoon writes that the 3rd anniversary of Eben 07 was this month plus they have a 3rd print collection out, titled Operation: 3-Ring Bound. To celebrate, they're holding a contest for a $20 amazon gift card & the line art of a celebratory anniversary poster drawn by D. Bethel  -- anybody that comments on a comic during September will be entered to win.


El Santo writes a round-up of attempts to chronicle the history of webcomics including T Campbell's series on it here at ComixTalk.


  • Charles Cutting wrote to let us know that the Illustrated Ape website is hosting the first installment of his webcomic The Dream Quest of Randolph Carter. The next episode will be posted as soon as it is finished (Cutting says hopefully no later than November the 1st).
  • J.T. Yost debuted some new mini comics at SPX including It's Dream Time, Snoop Doggy Dogg.  I got a review copy and hope to have a review up later this month.  I interviewed Yost at SPX -- it's part of the 5 interview video here.
  • Stan Wojohowitz wrote that he's launched a new webcomic after 18 months of development called The Psychotic Episodes.  It's about characters exploring issues of psychiatry and mental health.  The first issue, including related blog posts, seems to be about mental health issues for U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.
  • Stefan Strasser writes out with a different pitch for his webcomic, "Most webcomics start out with a lavish update schedule and then cut down the number of new strips during the course of time. Chicken Wings is now going the opposite way. Starting this week, the comic will update three times a week instead of just one.  Chicken Wings is a comic aimed at aviation enthusiasts and about a bunch of chickens working in a small aviation company.

2010 Harvey Award Nominees Announced

The 2010 Harvey Awards Nominees have been announced.  Here's the webcomic category:

The full list of nominees after the jump:

Comix Talk for Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Rogues of Clwyd-RhanThis is fun - Haplog is a website that pulls together a bunch of different publicly available data about a website and then estimates its "worth".  Estimates in webcomicland range -- the top may be xkcd which gets a $1.7 million score followed by Penny Arcade at $669,725 and Questionable Content comes in at around $480,000.

MILESTONES: This month marks the 10th anniversary of the English-language run of the fantasy webcomic Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan.  Congrats to creator Reinder Dijkhuis!  

iWebcomics: Brigid does a round up of all the recent "digital" news.  While there is something to chew on in thinking over the disclosure of DC's plans for compensation for digital editions of its works, in general I'm fairly underwhelmed by the recent announcements.  The true business-shifting pitch for DC or Marvel is something like rhapsody for comics.  I'm also glad to read that Ron Peraza of DC mention that he will either bring Zuda creators into DC proper or work to let them out of their contracts with their rights back.  The whole interview with Peraza at Robot6 is worth reading for more insight into the shutdown of Zuda.

As far as DC's compensation scheme goes, Bleeding Cool reports that DC offered "for every work published by DC in a digital format, writers and pencilers will each receive additional compensation equal to 5% of DC’s net receipts derived from the sale of that work. Inkers will receive 3% of DC’s net receipts. Those of you who have a creator-owned deal in place with us will receive a creator royalty of 3% of DC’s net receipts."

INTERVIEW: Tom Spurgeon presents an edited transcript of his panel with Richard Thompson, Cul De Sac, at Heroes Con. Thompson is the creator of one of the best new comics in the newpaper (or anywhere really).

FROM THE MAILBAG: Sam Costello is back with another comic in his Split Lip horror series – Make Westing adapts Jack London's classic tale of high-seas murder to comics.  Written by Costello and drawn by Anthony Peruzzo, it follows a ship stuck for months trying to catch the wind to round Cape Horn and the lengths to which its captain will go to catch a westward gust. 


NOT WEBCOMICS: Apparently the video below almost got Best Buy employee and webcomic creator Brian Maupin fired.  It's $@^ing hilarious (but some of the language NSFW). Be sure to check out his webcomic Also Coin Operated.

Comix Talk for Thursday, February 25, 2010

Year of the Rat by Cayetano Garza

AWARDS: The National Cartoonist Society has announced the nominees for the Reubens and up for Cartoonist of the Year are Stephen Pastis (Pearls Before Swine), Dan Piraro (Bizarro) and Richard Thompson (Cul De Sac).  So humor me for a moment -- I think comics would be well-served to unite its several major comics awards.  The Reubens, for example, seem to me to be firmly established in the public's mind with the kind of gag a day, four panel serial strip that dominates the newspaper today.  You could easily carve out a number of categories at the Eisner's for serialized comedy strips and just call 'em Reuben awards within that larger program. 

DEAD TREES: The Beat notes that cat garza's Year of the Rat has been collected into a print version.

REVIEWS: El Santo reviews Girls & Sports.  It gets 1 star out of 5.  See El Santo doing the hard work of reading certain comics... so you don't have to.

VIDEO GAMES? VIDEO GAMES! Jeph Jacques draws some funny Mass Effect webcomics.

The Daily Update with your host Xaviar Xerexes

Dean Haspiel talks to CBR about the new ACT-I-VATE Primer, a book featuring comics from creators on the roster of the ACT-I-VATE webcomics portal.

Tim O'Shea has an interview with Carol Lay who has a new book out called The Big Skinny which is a combination diet book and memoir in comics.

UPDATE: CBR has a really good interview with Ryan North of Dinosaur Comics (and the dude who runs Project Wonderful advertising).

Richard Thompson of Cul de sac points to a recent Tom the Dancing Bug comic on the news of that comic's climbing to the top of the Rankopedia rankings for comics strips.

Oh man

My very favorite working comic strip artist, Richard Thompson, creator of the absolutely wonderful Cul De Sac, revealed today that he has Parkinson's disease.

Cul De Sac Creator Richard Thompson Talk

Got to see the talk by Richard Thompson (Cul De Sac) at the Arlington County library tonight.  He's an amiable fellow who, while not the most dynamic of speakers, did go through a nice overview of his work (which goes way beyond his more recent syndicated comic) up on the screen.  A few interesting items from his talk and from the Q and A afterwards: he's in about 250 papers, which he contrasted to Zits and a few others in 1000+ papers.

Cul De Sac by Richard Thompson