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The most recent Reuben Award, cartooning's equivalent of the Oscar, went to Richard Thompson, creator of "Cul de Sac," a strip born in The Washington Post seven years ago featuring the Otterloop family. Thompson also draws the "Richard's Poor Almanac" cartoon, and his new book is "Shapes & Colors: A Cul de Sac Collection" (Andrews McMeel Publishing). Bill Watterson, creator of the much-missed and still-beloved strip "Calvin and Hobbes," says of "Cul de Sac": "The strip has a unique and honest voice, a seemingly intuitive feel for what comics do best ... a very funny intelligence. ... It's a wonderful surprise to see that this level of talent is still out there, and that a strip like this is still possible."