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Happy Birthday, Cul de Sac

Posted by Dan Wasserman  September 12, 2008 09:32 AM

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Richard Thompson's daily comic strip, Cul de Sac. just celebrated its one-year birthday today. The strip, one of the freshest, best-drawn offerings in years, combines a child-centric sensibility reminiscent of Calvin and Hobbes with accomplished penmanship evocative of Richard Searle. It's also falldown funny. Today's offering:

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Thompson has done caricatures, political cartoons and a weekly social commentary strip for the Washington Post during several decades at the drawing board. To fully appreciate his skills, check out his blog to a look at his Sunday strips, beautifully rendered in watercolor washes. A book collection is due out this month. An interview with the cartoonist is available at Panels and Pixels.

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Dan Wasserman has been cartooning for the Globe editorial page since 1985. He has published two collections of drawings, "We've Been Framed" (Faber & Faber, 1987) and "Paper Cuts" (Ivan R. Dee, 1995). His cartoons are widely reprinted and are syndicated internationally by Tribune Media Services. He draws more quickly than he types.
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