Bill Watterson on Richard Thompson and ‘Cul De Sac’
I already knew that Richard Thompson’s Cul De Sac was a damn fine comic, but it’s nice to have someone like Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes, confirm that assessment.
Watterson has provided the foreword for the upcoming collection of Thompson’s popular series, titled Cul De Sac: This Exit. According to Thompson, Watterson’s words "made me blush so hard I got a nosebleed."
Here’s an excerpt from the foreword:
I also like the nightmarish suburb that the Otterloop ("outer loop") family inhabits: the identical houses crammed in endless rows, the relentless highway traffic strangling the soulless development, the ugly shopping malls, the oppressive parking garages, and sticky-floored restaurants. Like most of us, the family negotiates this modern awfulness as a simple matter of course; the critique appears only in the drawings, where the strip suddenly works on another level.
The full text is available at amazon.com. The collection is scheduled for release this September.