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Richard's Poor Almanac: 12 Months of Misinformation in Handy Cartoon Form Paperback – November 1, 2004

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"...puts Richard Thompson among America's great living cartoonists." -- Gene Weingarten, The Washington Post

"...this anthology is well overdue….As a cartoonist, Thompson is simply a joy." -- Tim O'Neil, PopMatters.com

From the Publisher

Richard Thompson’s irreverent and hilarious cartoons have been a mainstay in the pages of The Washington Post for over seven years. Now, they are collected in book form for the first time. RICHARD’S POOR ALMANAC is nothing less than a tonic for the daze ahead.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Clerisy Press, Emmis Books (November 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578601843
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578601844
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,013,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Francis Heaney on April 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
It is true I copyedited this book (and Mr. Thompson illustrated mine), so perhaps I have a conflict of interest (oh, heck, let's admit it -- I do!), but I laughed the whole time I was wielding my red pen. And imagine how much funnier the book will be to someone who isn't forced to think about semicolons while they're reading it!
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Richard Thompson's Richard's Poor Almanac appears weekly in the Washington Post, but you don't have to live inside the Beltway to larf out loud at this collection, which includes entries like the Smithsonian's Dillinger Wing (now featuring the Splendors of Ypsilanti) or the lists of local restaurant closings - "Eurodonut" being shut down for finding Marmite in the jelly donuts, and the frequent tragic travails of "P.J. Piehole's Family Place". One learns, at last, the Equine Statue Code for Civil War monuments; some obscure and faintly disturbing constellations in the monthly Skywatch - and don't miss the touching "Remembering Elvis". But that's not all! There's also a page of commemorative Richard Thompson stamps. If you need a laugh, you need this book.
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Obvious answer: this amazingly beautiful book that's printed in two colors and manages to capture this entire noisy, giddy, wayward world in its lines. It's a hilarious and smart compendium of nearly every living, breathing, pontificating thing on the planet. If you're a birdwatcher, you'll want to add Thompson's rare birds to your life list: the Eastern Pottymouthed Snark; the Unmitigated Gull; the Commonplace Dullard; and, hardly least of all, the Flightless Grouse who "plods up and down the Eastern U.S. whining the whole damn time." There are guides to weeds, clouds, cookies, county fairs, catalogues, constellations, Halloween costumes, and "local bogeymen." Basically, Richard Thompson covers the waterfront, dipping his pen into everything from politics and other pollutants, to surburbia and other relicts. It's a blissful romp that should carry you through the seasons, year after year.
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At last! A great collection of masterpieces! Richard is a true genius and the artwork shines. A treasured book!
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Richard Thompson is a comic genius...the creator of Cul de Sac, this is some of his earlier work. SO SAD that this brilliant writer/artist has been stricken with Parkinson's disease...the world NEEDS his humor. Still thinking of you, Richard! Be well.
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Thompson's art style has such a fun and spontaneous look, you just can't help but be tickled by it. Combined with his smart and whimsical sense of humor, this book packed full of his cartoons is a real gem. I'd be hard pressed to categorize "Richard's Poor Almanac", but that's what's so great about it. It's such a marvelously idiosyncratic creation, that it's in a class all by itself.

I highly recommend this book.
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This book is wonderful. After buying it as a gift for my husband for Christmas, I subsequently bought 3 more as gifts for others! Richard Thompson is hilarious!
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