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Stacy Curtis on Richard Thompson’s decision to retire Cul de Sac
Stacy Curtis took over inking Richard Thompson’s Cul de Sac in March, so he had a first hand look at what went into Richard’s process for creating the strip and the factors in Richard’s decision to retire the strip.
As you may know, earlier this year, Richard asked me to help him with the inking of Cul de Sac.
I never felt inking Cul de Sac for Richard worked. It was like going into a theater to see Jerry Seinfeld do stand-up and watching Steve Martin deliver his lines.
And that’s what it felt like. Every time I sat down at my drawing table to ink Cul de Sac, I could hear a narrator’s voice say, “For tonight’s performance, the part of Richard Thompson will be played by his understudy, Stacy Curtis.”
It was tricky to ink Cul de Sac without imitating Richard’s drawing style. Make it look like Cul de Sac without trying to draw like Richard Thompson. (Yeah, my brain still hurts from trying to figure that out.)