Cul de Sac by Richard Thompson

Cul de Sac

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  1. margueritem

    margueritem GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    I hate when I lose the thread of a good dream like that.

  2. Leakysqueaky712

    Leakysqueaky712 said, over 4 years ago

    I really wish they wouldn’t incorporate my name in these toons!!

  3. catfeet

    catfeet GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    That would make a great pop-up book.

  4. Gokie5

    Gokie5 said, over 4 years ago

    Good morning, gocomics commenters! Recently my creative juices started flowing again, and they wouldn’t let me rest till I wrote a script for a pretend week of fill-in strips for Richard Thompson, while he undergoes treatment for Parkinson’s. I consider this a tribute to the pinch-hitting cartoonists mentioned in

    Also it’s a tribute to Richard himself, who has delighted us with his “Cut-de-Sac” for many moons. So here, without further ado, is the script for your delectation and enjoyment (or contumely and opprobrium, as the case may be):

  5. Gokie5

    Gokie5 said, over 4 years ago




    (1) Peter Otterloop [the dad] comes home brandishing four tickets. He says, “Remember that NPR obscure-composers contest? I won four tickets to The Valkyrie at the Outer Loop Opera House!”

    Madeline: “Oh, good, an opera! The children can use more culture!”

    (2) Petey: “No! Not an opera! Too loud! Too confusing! I’m not going!”

    Alice: “What’s a ‘opper’?”

    (3) Petey: “Oper-AH. It’s play that goes on forever and people sing way too loud.”

    Alice: “Bo-o-ring! I’m not going, either!”

    (4) Peter (to Madeline): “Good luck, Culture, getting a toehold around here!”

  6. Gokie5

    Gokie5 said, over 4 years ago


    (1) Alice (sitting by Petey, both have arms crossed): ’We’re not going to any opper-AH! It’s too boring!"

    Madeline: “But it’s not boring! If you go, we’ll get you a Valkyrie costume. Valkyries wear capes and winged helmets, and they carry spears!”

    (2) Madeline: “And Petey, you can get inspiration for a wonderful diorama!” (Makes broad gesture.)

    (3) Alice thought-bubble: “I’ll knock ’em dead at show and tell!”

    Petey thought-bubble: “Gee, maybe I can impress Viola. Eat your smooth-talking heart out, Ernesto!”

    (4) Alice: “Maybe I’ll go if you let me wear my costume to the opper-AH.”
    Petey: “Can we sweeten the deal with McDuffie’s fruity oatmeal on the way home?”

    Parents roll eyes.

  7. Gokie5

    Gokie5 said, over 4 years ago


    Caption: At the Outer Loop Opera House.

    Petey is dressed too formally for his comfort, Alice is wearing her cape and winged helmet, and is holding a floppy foam rubber spear.

    (1) Petey: “Aieee! First-row balcony seats?’ I’m doomed!” (Clutches back of his chair.)

    (2) Petey: “I’m going to DIE! Everything’s growing DIM!”

    (3) Peter: “I found an usher. He said balcony seats are in demand. Someone under the balcony will be happy to change places with us.”

    (4) Shows family sitting on main floor, under the balcony. Alice yells, “Where’s my POPCORN? When’s the POPCORN seller coming around?” People make faces, Madeline says, “Shhhh!”

  8. Gokie5

    Gokie5 said, over 4 years ago


    (1)The Valkyries are singing: “Ho-yo-toe-WOOP! Ho-yo-toe-WOOP!”

    Alice (whispering) to Madeline: “What are they doing?”

    2) Madeline: “They’re picking up the bodies of soldiers killed in battle and taking them to their heaven.”

    Alice: “Cool!”

    (3) Petey: "The oboe is playing an A pitched at 439 Hz instead of 440! That’s impossible!

    It’s tuned at the factory!"

    (4) 439 Hz! Oh, this is painful!"

    (Parents roll eyes.)

  9. Gokie5

    Gokie5 said, over 4 years ago


    (1) Madeline: “Where’s Alice? She just disappeared!”

    Petey: “She mumbled something about crawling under the seats. But I didn’t think she’d do it!”

    (2) Alice is shown onstage, brandishing her spear. Audience is laughing, cameras flashing. Madeline is rushing onto stage from the side.

    (3) Madeline comes back up aisle, holding Alice aloft. Alice, beaming: “Did you hear everyone cheering? Will my picture be in the paper?”

    (4) Madeline has just crammed Alice into her seat. Madeline: “You are SO grounded!”

    Petey (covering face with hands): “I am SO mortified!”

  10. Gokie5

    Gokie5 said, over 4 years ago


    The Otterloop family is back home.

    (1) Peter: “Thank goodness the opera was the short version for kids!”

    (2) Double-long panel. Alice is brandishing spear and yelling: “Ho-yo-toe-WOOP! I’m a VALKREE!”

    Petey is hunched over an iPad: “Director, Outer Loop Opera House Orchestra, Dear Sir: Have you any idea how painful it is for a boy with perfect pitch to hear an oboe tuned at 439 Hz? . . .”

    (3) Peter (to Madeline): “I think we’ve got enough culture now to last us awhile.”

  11. margueritem

    margueritem GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago


    Bravo! Nice job!

  12. carl craig

    carl craig said, over 4 years ago


    thats great good job

  13. GROG!

    GROG! GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    I’d always wake up too early from my good dreams and I could never pick up where they left off.

  14. GROG!

    GROG! GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago


    Nice, Gokie, but would Petey really eat fruity oatmeal? I could see Alice saying that, though.

  15. unnormal

    unnormal said, over 4 years ago

    Molto bravo!

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