Image courtesy and © 2011 Richard Thompson/Universal Uclick
2010 National Cartoonist Society “Cartoonist of the Year” Richard Thompson is taking a hiatus from his Universal Uclick syndicated comic strip Cul de Sac, and inviting six guest cartoonists to take over the reins of the popular daily during his absence. Thompson is taking time off to receive treatment for Parkinson’s Disease.
The six guest cartoonists will be Ken Fisher (Tom the Dancing Bug), Michael Jantze (The Norm), Corey Pandolph (Elderberries), Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine), Lincoln Pierce (Big Nate) and Mo Willems (award willing children’s book author/illustrator). Their guest stints began yesterday (Monday, Feb 20th) with Jantze behind the pen, and will continue with dailies through the week of March 19 and Sundays from March 18 through April 15.
You can read about the guest artist project on the Washington Post’s Comic Riffs blog, complete with interviews of several of the guest artists discussing their involvement and how they approached their take on the unique look at humor of Thompson’s strip.