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Posted at 4:30 PM ET, 07/16/2009

'Cul de Sac's' Richard Thompson Shares Some Personal News

By Michael Cavna

"Cul de Sac's" Richard Thompson (Courtesy of Richard Thompson)

If you're a true Richard Thompson fan, as I am, you read his "Cul de Sac" -- with all its warmth and gentleness and keenly observed sense of human nature -- and come to feel as if you know the man behind the artwork.

Fortunately, i've had the opportunity to get to know Richard -- a virtual homegrown talent of The Post -- and watch him in action, graceful with both a pen and a panel discussion. And he comes across with all the warmth and gentleness and sharply observed humor you would expect.

And so, in precisely that same winning manner, Thompson posts this today on his blog:

"For the last year or so I've noticed a few odd symptoms; shakiness, hoarseness, silly walks, random clumsiness and the like. So the other day I went to see a neurologist and, after having me jump through hoops, stand on my head and juggle chain saws, he said I've got Parkinson's. It's a pain in the fundament and it slows me down, but it hasn't really affected my drawing hand at all and it's treatable. And it could be a useful ploy in my ever-losing battle against deadlines."

Fans of Thompson's no doubt wish him the best of luck and strength as he faces this news. Comic Riffs encourages you to go to his blog to read more.

(NOTE: Thompson will appear in two sessions at next week's San Diego Comic-Con.)

By Michael Cavna  | July 16, 2009; 4:30 PM ET
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I am sorry to hear of this affliction, especially to such a talented guy. Cul de Sac has become one my very few "must-read" comics. I wish it were available in the WP on-line comics but it does not seem to be -yet? Luckily I get the paper version each day.

Best of luck and hope for successful treatment, Richard. Your good humor helps many of us through our days.

Posted by: bernadete | July 16, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

The Post's website is not the only source for online comics. Try (you don't need to register to view today's panel, but you do if you want to view past strips).

Posted by: kilby | July 16, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

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