I hadn't been following the strip, and I confess I just picked it up on Bill Watterson's endorsement. What a delight! I take so much pleasure in the kooky, wondrous artwork and writing. It has that 'where-in-outer-left-field-did-this-come-from' that the early Simpsons had, and rewards many readings in a way that Calvin & Hobbes last did for me.
Thompson has a blog here
, and is also a brilliant editorial cartoonist, to witness his Obama as FDR for the New Yorker: