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Product Details

  • Series: Cul de Sac Collection
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Original edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449410227
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449410223
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 8.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #500,018 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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I suppose that just makes me want the next volume even more!
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The strip isn't the typical joke-of-the-day strip and is instead reminiscent of some of the great comic strips of the past such as "Calvin and Hobbes" and "Peanuts."
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I thought this would be a great Christmas gift for my father since he is the man who has every thing.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on May 8, 2012
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The Mighty Alice: A Cul de Sac Collection"
Written & Illustrated by Richard Thompson
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The ecstatic joy of having a new "Cul de Sac" collection come out is only slightly tempered by the sad news that the strip's creator, the brilliant cartoonist Richard Thompson, has recently been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. How and if this will affect his work is unknown, but I think I speak for many fans when I say our thoughts and prayers are with him. (BTW - not to be daunted, Thompson has rounded up many of his fellow artists to create the comicbook jam, Team Cul de Sac: Cartoonists Draw the Line at Parkinson's, a benefit fundraiser for the Michael J. Fox foundation, due out in June, 2012.)

Anyway, back to the new book. This is the third collection of the Cul de Sac cartoon strip, a hilarious, multi-layered, witty cartoon centered on the four-year old Alice Otterloop, an odd little girl who has a lot in common with Calvin, Dennis and Little Lulu. If you like intelligent, kooky cartoons (particularly classics such as "Calvin & Hobbes" and "Peanuts") then this book is for you. My kid and I read them together and quote some of the gags to each other for weeks afterwards... Like, look out for the Uh-Oh Baby!! Pick this book up and you won't be disappointed. I promise. (Daddy Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain children's book reviews)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Andy Shuping on May 8, 2012
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Cul-De-Sac is one of those all too rare comics that has something for everyone to enjoy. From Petey's quest to be the world's number one picky eater and his exploding backpack to Alice's quest to take over the world and to make it snow by flushing ice cubes down the toilet, you can't help but laugh at every strip in this comic. Thompson captures the world so effortlessly with his drawings and writings that you feel like you need to buy a copy for all of your friends. It's easy to see why Bill Watterson (yes the guy that created Calvin and Hobbes) praises this strip. If you can't find something that you enjoy about this collection please check your pulse to make sure you aren't really a zombie in disguise....and even then you should still enjoy it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Warfle on May 14, 2012
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Cul de Sac is without a doubt the best comic strip being published today. I loved the first 3 collections and this one is no exception! One of my favorite things with Cul de Sac is going back and re-reading and finding all the little details I missed the first time. I particularly enjoyed the Easter egg on page 118. One strange thing about this volume: it appeared to end mid-plot. I've never read a comic strip collection that ended on a cliffhanger before! I suppose that just makes me want the next volume even more! Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 21, 2012
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THE MIGHTY ALICE is the most recent book collection of the comic strip "Cul de Sac." For those unfamiliar with the strip, "Cul de Sac" revolves around four-year-old Alice Otterloop and her eccentric family. The strip isn't the typical joke-of-the-day strip and is instead reminiscent of some of the great comic strips of the past such as "Calvin and Hobbes" and "Peanuts." The strips in this collection ran in papers from Monday, October 5, 2009 through Sunday, July 18, 2010. Some of the longer stories in this collection include a long Halloween story about Alice wanting to be a box of Blamo's for Halloween; Alice's fear of going to visit her grandma because of her giant dog Big Shirley; Alice wanting to get a big, ugly fountain for Christmas; Alice's brother Petey trying to decide on a gift to get his pseudo-girlfriend Viola D'More; Petey getting sick; and the last day of school. Highly recommended not only for fans of "Cul de Sac," but for anyone who likes great comic strips.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L Hatfield on October 29, 2012
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Richard Thompson has created a masterpiece in the comic world. All of the Cul De Sac books are such a joy to read. I am so sorry for Mr Thompson's illness. I hope he can continute to delight his readers for many years to come. Thank you sir for making my life a little brighter.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Shotola on October 6, 2012
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Mighty Alice, Cul de Sac This Exit, Children at Play, and Shapes and Colors, are terrific collections of work by Richard Thompson. They are characterized by superior art, subtle and insightful humor and human warmth. Each book is generous in size and contents, very well produced and reasonably priced. Thompson has been one of the very top cartoon artist/authors - in the same league as Walt Kelly, Charles Schultz and Bill Watterson. Thompson's career sadly has been cut short by illness; these books comprise a charming and impressive compilation of his work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris J. Sparks on May 8, 2012
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Richard is the best cartoonist is the last twenty years. The line work is of the work of a true legend. My only complaint is I wished the art was not in color. I feel it takes away from his superb inking!I want to write a longer review but I want to finish the collection and I don't want to drool on my computer and I have to finish before my wife steals my copy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Adam Richter on July 4, 2012
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Some books, you lose interest in after just a couple chapters. Some, you manage to slog all the way through, but you have to push yourself. Others, you enjoy cover to cover, but by the time you finish the final page, you're ready to move on to something else. However, once in a while a book comes along that you find yourself in a dilemma over: you can't stop reading it, but you know that the faster you read it, the sooner it will end... which perfectly describes my experience with each of the "Cul de Sac" collections.

If you liked "Peanuts" and "Calvin & Hobbes," you need to check out "Cul de Sac." In spirit and in overall quality, it's a worthy successor to those classic comic strips. It expertly captures the sense of wonder and excitement that children have while interacting with the big, mysterious world around them. In addition to the regular characters (the Otterloop family), "The Mighty Alice" features appearances by all my favorite "guest stars", including the possibly prophetic Uh-Oh baby (in case you're wondering, it's presumably a different Uh-Oh baby than the one from the movie "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs") and the possibly imaginary Ernesto Lacuna. The book also introduces several new characters, expanding the Cul de Sac universe slightly while not really changing the status quo too much (which must be a great relief to Petey Otterloop!)

"The Mighty Alice" is a fun book, and even though I knew reading it quickly would make it end sooner, I just couldn't put it down. So now I'm looking forward to the next volume in the "Cul de Sac" series, which I probably also will read much too fast, but will enjoy every moment of, as well!
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