|2017 DEBUT||The Incomplete Art of “Why Things Are” (Richard Thompson Library, Vol. 1)|
|Book Author(s)||Richard Thompson (Michael Rhode, ed.)|
|Publisher||Picture This Press / Lost Art Boks|
|Book List Price||27.95|
Before the incalculable capacity of the Internet to answer nearly any question put to it while allowing a legion of pedants to hold forth without constraint, getting the facts of the matter took some effort. Just before the end of those benighted times there was a Washington Post column entitled “Why Things Are” to which readers could pose everything from child-like queries to stoner hypotheticals in the hope of answers to life’s arcane conundrums. That weekly column ran in the newspaper from 1990 to 1996, and it was adorned with smart, silly cartoons by then staff artist extraordinaire Richard Thompson. In retrospect, it’s not surprising that those cartoons stand up quite well by themselves, getting their own laughs from the eccentric questions posed by readers. Gathered here for the first time is a (near) complete collection of Thompson’s genius illustrations and cartoons for “Why Things Are,” the first regular humor series in Thompson’s career.
THE RICHARD THOMPSON LIBRARY
The Richard Thompson Library, published by Picture This Press, collects the work of one of the great artists working in cartooning and illustration in the past 30 years.