Richard Thompson, American cartoonist, Died at 58


Richard C. Thompson was born on October 8, 1957, and died on July 27, 2016.

He was an American illustrator and cartoonist.

Thompson was best known for his syndicated comic strip Cul de Sac and the illustrated poem “Make the Pie Higher”.

Richard was given the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year for 2010.

He did many humorous illustrations to accompany feature articles in The Washington Post.

His famous comic strip Cul de Sac focuses on a pre-school girl, Alice Otterloop, and her daily life at school and at home.

Richards popular cartoon series Richard’s Poor Almanac appears weekly (usually on Saturdays) in The Washington Post Style section.

As a compendium of his Richard’s Poor Almanac cartoons was published by Emmis Books in 2005.

His illustrations have appeared in U.S. News & World Report, The New Yorker, Air & Space/Smithsonian, National Geographic and The Atlantic Monthly.

During 2010, Thompson wrote and illustrated “Barney Google and the Bigfoot Style”, the foreword for Craig Yoe’s Barney Google: Gambling, Horse Races & High-Toned Women (Yoe Books/IDW, 2010).

Thompson received the National Cartoonists Society’s Magazine and Book Illustration Award for 1995, plus their Newspaper Illustration Award for 1995.

Richard won a Gold and a Silver Funny Bone Award in 1989 from the Society of Illustrators for humorous illustration.

Thompson announced that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, on July 16, 2009.

Richard Thompson passed away at 58 years old.