Philip Potempa for The Times of Northwest Indiana:
Last month Universal, the syndication company for [Richard Thompson’s Cul de Sac], announced the newspaper feature, which they described as “one of the most celebrated comics of this generation,” would begin what was termed “an indefinite hiatus after Sunday, Sept. 23.”
The comic, acknowledged by talents such as Bill Watterson of Calvin and Hobbes and iconic editorial cartoonist Pat Oliphant, is “closing its curtains,” according to the Universal press contact, due to Thompson’s battle with Parkinson’s disease.
I heard that Cul de Sac was ending a few days before it ended, but for some reason I never posted anything here about it. Now’s as good a time as any.
Cul de Sac was, quite simply, my favorite comic strip that was still updating. Parkinson’s is an awful, terrible thing, and I wish him all the best.
The strip’s suspension was announced through a Q&A with Thompson by an exec of his syndicate, and you should probably read it.