Not how I wanted to start my Saturday, but if this prompts more people to read Cul De Sac, even the back issues, then it's OK by me. His work will be missed.
More than anything else, because Richard is a good man, an insightful man, a funny man -- and because his art makes the world a better place.
I particularly loved the hour or two we got to sit down in Ohio and chat solely about comics for the documentary I'm making. His philosophy of comics, the joys and the heartbreaks of it, and his own path into the art form -- all of it was so wonderful to hear. The documentary is all the better for his presence in it.
Even more so, I'm glad for his gift of Cul De Sac to the world. It was and is a fantastic, fantastic strip -- perhaps one of the best we'll ever see. It made the small moments of life seem big and meaningful, and made the big, overwhelming moments of life seem manageable and relatable. It did what a comic strip should do: Reduce life to its essence, in joy-filled ways that told you you weren't alone.
So thank you, Richard, for your gifts to the world...and your gifts to me. I am a better person because of your art: And that is the highest compliment I know how to give an artist.
It's sad to hear that your friend has Parkinson's, to be diagnosed with this condition is probably the most difficult thing simply because his mental ability will deteriorate overtime and people with such conditions really needs the love and care from loved ones and friends.
Given how kind and gentle your strip is, I'm not surprised your post follows. I found Cul De sac about a year or so ago, and it became the single comic I had to read every day.
I encourage people to find Team Cul De sac, an artists tribute to Richard where they can find a lot of wonderful pieces, including yours, which was tremendous! They should buy it new so the proceeds can go to help fight Parkinsons. I normally buy my books used since I'm on a budget, but I did buy 3 Kindle versions of Cul De Sac books just so some of the proceeds will go to him.
With a great many comics out there, I find it hard to find ones that can relay such a simple joy, but I think both Sheldon and Cul De Sac do that perfectly.