6Prepare to laugh til your gills ache as SpongeBob SquarePants the Movie: Sponge Out of Water hits theaters. If you’d rather not be trapped in room with dozens of shrieking children, opt for the Wachowskis’ sci-fi spectacle Jupiter Duck out of the Belgian winter weather and check out Anima in Brussels, with tons of films and a special stop-motion exhibition. (animatv.be) Happy Valentine’s Day! secret admirer. XOXO
Any fan of the comic-strip medium could easily stop reading this review after realizing there is a book out there about Richard Thompson ( Cul de Sac, Richard’s Poor Almanac) co-authored by Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson. But, just in case, we’ll add that this comprehensive collection takes readers along Thompson’s artistic rise with beautiful example pieces ranging from his work for his college newspaper to The New Yorker caricatures and, finally, to his deservedly acclaimed strips. A true cartoonist’s cartoonist, Thompson’s career — tragically cut short by the onset of Parkinson’s disease — is warmly celebrated by the authors and contributors through witty, insightful interviews and biographical tidbits from Thompson and his contemporaries peppered throughout. This is a dynamic and well presented retrospective on a living legend. We can also recommend Team Cul de Sac: Cartoonists Draw the Line at Parkinson’s, edited by coauthor Chris Sparks (2012, $29.99), and last year’s The Complete Cul de Sac slipcase collection ($75), both also from Andrews McMeel.