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Product Details

  • Series: Cul de Sac Collection
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Original edition (December 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740797328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740797323
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Richard Thompson is the creator of Cul de Sac and winner of the 2011 Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year. His illustrations have appeared in numerous publications, including U.S. News & World Report, National Geographic, and The New Yorker. He announced in 2009 that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, and has since rallied other cartoonists and illustrators to contribute to the Team Cul de Sac project to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation. In September 2012, Thompson retired from creating Cul de Sac.

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Richard Thompson's illustrations have appeared in the Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, the New Yorker, National Geographic, and the Atlantic Monthly. He has gotten a lot of illustration and cartooning awards, including the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award for Cartoonist of the Year, the NCS awards for Magazine and Book Illustration Award and the and the Milton F. "Sonny" Clogg Award for Alumnus of the Year from Montgomery College, a 2-year college he attended for 2 1/2 years but failed to graduate from. He is also the creator of Richard's Poor Almanac, a cartoon that ran weekly in the Washington Post, and confused readers for 12 years. . He announced in 2009 that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, and has since helped rally other cartoonists and illustrators to contribute to the Team Cul de Sac project to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation. In September 2012, Thompson retired from creating Cul de Sac.

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Richard Thompson really gets it.
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If you're looking for some good laughs, this book and the two earlier volumes are highly recommended.
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I wish kids knew what newspaper are, they would enjoy this.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
I was first introduced to the comic strip "Cul de Sac" about a year and a half ago. The strip was refreshing. "Cul de Sac" is seen mostly from the perspective of four-year-old Alice Otterloop, a preschooler who lives on a cul de sac with her parents and her older brother Petey. Petey is a picky eater, a germaphobe, and more than slightly obsessive compulsive. Mrs. Otterloop is a stay-at-home Mom. Meanwhile, Mr. Otterloop dutifully goes to work each day in a car so small that Alice believes it's part cuisine cart (or cuisinart as Alice says it). I really enjoy reading "Cul de Sac". It really is unlike any other strip currently being written. The closest way I can describe it is a cross between "Peanuts" and "Calvin and Hobbes".

SHAPES AND COLORS is the third collection of "Cul de Sac" comics and the fourth book (there was a treasury printed earlier in 2010). I'm not for sure of the exact dates, but I think the strips in SHAPES AND COLORS originally ran from December 2008-September 2009. Some of the storylines in the book include Alice learning about stactic elastricity, the Otterloops having a night out at PJ Piehole's and the ensuing trials with the toy sword Alice receives there, Alice's discovery of Petey's history of mankind in shoebox diorama form, and the Blisshaven Preschool trip to the Li'l Critters Petting Zoo. In addition, there's the usual stories about Petey's picking eating, Alice and her friends adventures at the playground superslide, and Alice's routines on the manhole cover. Ernesto is back and Petey's maybe love interest Viola appears more often. "Cul de Sac" is a wonderful comic strip, but it's really starting to come into its own; the strip with the promise of so much potential is really starting surpass that potential. SHAPES AND COLORS is a must-have book for "Cul de Sac" fans as well as those who just enjoy great comic strips.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Chris J. Sparks on December 10, 2010
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I became an admirer of Cul de Sac and Richard Thompson two years ago. The strip in now in its fourth year. I am constantly amazed by the quality of work that Mr.Thompson achieves. I just read Shapes and Colors for the second time and I laughed, snorted, cried, and maybe even wet myself a little by the timing of his jokes.
I have been studying a lot of older strips in the last three years and have noticed a few things.
1. It takes at least a year for the creator to find the groove for the strip.
2. They have the groove of the strip but by the second or third year the strip looses steam and it feels like the artist has lost interest.
3. The art seems rushed, sloppy,and the artist no longer explores be best usage of the panels.

Cul de Sac is in a class with only a few other strips ever. EVER!

Mr Thompson has not only continued to improve on his storytelling but his art is more entertaining than ever. To be honest, he is on the way to being considered one of the greats in comic strips lore.

After reading the three volumes you can see why Bill Watterson is one of Richard Thompson's biggest fans(Watterson wrote the intro in the first collection). Speaking of introductions... This volume has Petey Otterloop ( one of the main characters) writing the Introduction. I don't think any cartoonist has one of their characters writing the intro before. Bold move or was everyone else was busy? Its just down right funny!

I highly recommend this book. It is worth the money just for the beautiful cover! Enjoy reading!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mstove on January 28, 2011
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Great as always. I no longer get a newspaper and sometimes get behind in reading the strips on-line, so it is great to catch-up. Cul de Sac is one of the two best strips around (With Pearls Before Swine). Richard Thompson is amazing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian Lee Jones on August 26, 2011
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If you ever wondered what happened to the funny pages, they didn't die, they are just being ignored. While the giants we love like Peanuts, Far Side and Calvin and Hobbes are gone and we are often left with multiple imitators, Cul de Sac breaks the mold and offers us a unique style of art that perfectly captures the wonders of being a child without dumbing it down or phoning it it. The main characters are Alice and Petey Otterloop, two kids with completely different taste and outlooks in life. Petey is a neurotic recluse of an old man trapped in the body of a boy while Alice can only be explained as a whirlwind of sugar, spice and napalm. The adults of the world offer counterpoints to the children that run it and the artist gives us a wonderful style that on first look appears to be scribbles, but they bleed through with more heart and emotion than any other comic on the pages today. I wish kids knew what newspaper are, they would enjoy this. But you look like a person that reads, so do yourself a favor and get this collection.

As a side note, make sure to check which volumes you get, some of them repeat strips.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By draggin_fly on May 2, 2011
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For slightly introverted kids and grown-ups, this series is wonderful. My oldest child found it on the bookshelf (where I hide good stuff to promote him searching for it) and stole it off to his room, where he giggled manically for an hour.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on March 1, 2011
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"Cul De Sac: Shapes And Colors"
Written and Illustrated by Richard Thompson
(Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2010)
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This is the third volume of the collected "Cul De Sac" newspaper strip, a great new series that my kid loves, and I do too... If you're an old "Calvin And Hobbes" fan, there's a lot to like here as well... There's a shared celebration of the twisted, kooky sense of humor that kids can have (and that adults often find so surprising) as well as their ever-imaginative twisting of reality. The main characters are the preschool-age, not-too-naughty Alice and her agoraphobic older brother Petey, their long-suffering Mom and Dad, and all the weird kids at school. Several years into the strip, cartoonist Richard Thompson has a real handle on his characters and there are several set-pieces that have become his equivalents of Snoopy's doghouse and Bill Watterson's Space Man Spiff. It's fun stuff.

"Cul De Sac" is a real breath of fresh life into the American daily cartoon strip - an artform that I'd pretty much given up on many years ago. If you're looking for some good laughs, this book and the two earlier volumes are highly recommended. (Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain children's book reviews)
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