Cul de Sac Golden Treasury: A Keepsake Garland of Classics
Cartoonists are passionate about Richard Thompsonâ€™s work, and his is the only cartoon to be endorsed by Bill Watterson.
The Cul de Sac Golden Treasury is a hilarious and beautiful omnibus of cartoonist Richard Thompson's Cul de Sac comic strips, bringing together strips from the first collection, Cul de Sac, and the 2009 collection, Children at Play.
A lighthearted look at the suburban life of precocious preschooler Alice Otterloop, Cul de Sac is noted not only for its humor and intelligence, but also for Thompson's fun, imaginative watercolor artwork. Thompson's work has attracted the praise of highly acclaimed illustrators all over the world, including Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes) and Mo Willems (Sheep in the Big City, Knuffle Bunny).
The Cul de Sac Golden Treasury will be a valued addition to the libraries of Cul de Sac fans and a fantastic introduction for readers new to this warm, wonderful comic strip.
Cul de Sac is distributed internationally by Universal Press Syndicate. Cul de Sac Golden Treasury copyright � 2010 by Richard Thompson. All rights reserved. Printed in China. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission except in the case of reprints in the context of reviews. For information, write Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC, an Andrews McMeel Universal company, 1130 Walnut Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. E-ISBN: 978-1-4494-0041-5
pebbles in our neighborhood and wonder why. Alice is the strange little kid who stares at you so fixedly in a restaurant or other public place until you’re overcome by self-consciousness. Please note the breaking of the fourth wall. Ew, a sticky floor. Aren’t you glad I got the fourth wall fixed in time? A cheap-shot definition of the oboe is that it’s an ill wind that nobody blows well. Me, I love the oboe. Though I might find an eight year old practicing the oboe every day to be a little
Otterloop’s first name is Madeline. Mr. Otterloop’s name is Peter, making Petey a junior, which is one more thing for him to worry about. Again, Dill shows a bit of his dark side. Or maybe it’s just his slightly creepy side. The school motto, “A little learning,” is from the first line of a poem by Alexander Pope. The line finishes “is a dangerous thing.” And the lobsters sometimes escape from their tank and rampage around the parking lot. It is catchy. I try not to show Mr. Otterloop as a
the counter awhile to construct. When the cone finally appeared it was dazzling, an ornate thing in a waffle cone decked out with all kinds of jimmies and sprinkles. The woman took it and handed it down to her little girl, who immediately dropped it on the floor. Everybody in the store froze in place, shocked by the shattered, ruined spread on the floor. The little girl, unfazed, put her palms up and said, “Uh-oh,” like that’s what we say when things go south. OK, so it’s not much of an
Christmas TV Special. As drawn, it looks more like Dill is mackin’, or trucking than moseyin’. At some point in the strip’s first year, I realized that Petey had no milieu, no friends, or life, really. Somehow, this is what I came up with. Learning to wink is important at around four years old. Learning to cross your eyes is, too, and about as difficult. This form is called the Silent Penultimate Panel. The next to last panel is used as a pause in the joke, where a reaction is given time to