I am saddened by the news that Richard Thompson is ending his comic strip Cul de Sac due to difficulties with his Parkinson’s disease. Richard is one of the nicest cartoonists I’ve had the pleasure to meet, and Cul de Sac is a rare gem — arguably the last truly great comic strip we’re likely to see on the traditional newspaper comics page.
I’m loving these accordion-folded Leperellos that Nobrow has been printing — they’re sort of halfway between a print and a little art book. The latest is Bicycle by Ugo Gattoni. I find it difficult to draw even a single bicycle, so the amount of bicycles in this dense, detail-rich work is just nuts.
And good news for those of us in North America — I’m told Nobrow has a new U.S.-based fulfillment operation, so ordering from the UK publisher is faster and, more importantly, cheaper than it was before. That’s as good an excuse as any to raid their store and place a big order.
New on comics site What Things Do is John Pham’s comic “The Kid,” based on a well-known story about a certain stoic Australian cop (and a kid). I’ve read this thing like 40 times in the last 15 minutes, I look forward to reading it 40,000 more times. More about John right here.
I can’t wait for Domitille Collardey’s new Wreckhall Abbey webcomic to begin. It seems like my whole Twitter is talking about it, in between talking about the Mars robots. She’s rolling out previews very cleverly, both at the Tumblr site and via Twitter. If you’re not already familiar with her work, it’s great.
UPDATE: the first installment’s up!
He’ll be hosting an awesome event at Books Inc. in the Castro this Thursday, July 26th at 7:30 PM, and he’ll be joined by a cast of contributors, including Trina Robbins, Ed Luce, Rick Worley, and Robert Triptow for a series of comic book readings to celebrate the release of this important anthology!
Books Inc. is located at 2275 Market Street in San Francisco. Don’t miss it!
Am I Rob Liefeld yet?