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(Some Fan)   If you've been praying that Bill Watterson, the legendarily talented and reclusive creator of "Calvin and Hobbes," would someday return to the comic pages, well, he just did. And right under our noses   (stephanpastis.wordpress.com ) divider line
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2014-06-07 12:51:36 AM  
Son of a...
I saw those strips and thought Pastis had gotten a guest cartoonist.
I didn't realize he'd gotten THAT cartoonist.
 
2014-06-07 12:55:50 AM  
That is fantastic. I saw those three during the week and thought that he had someone else draw them or that he draws his much differently on purpose.
 
2014-06-07 01:01:28 AM  
Heh... makes me miss his work more
 
2014-06-07 02:02:49 AM  
That is awesome.

I am so glad I spent a good chunk of money (for me, anyway) on the hardbound collection.
 
2014-06-07 02:28:15 AM  
I have Stephan Pastis as a Facebook friend. He posted this a couple of hours ago. Can't believe I missed it.
 
2014-06-07 03:45:37 AM  
That's farking awesome. I wonder if I can get Thomas Pynchon to guest write a few pages of my novel.
 
2014-06-07 06:01:33 AM  
Oh my goodness... this week as I read that strip I seriously thought to myself "that style reminds me of Calvin & Hobbes."  Sweet!
 
2014-06-07 07:10:46 AM  
WTF

is

up

with

all

those

one

sentence

paragraphs

?
 
2014-06-07 07:11:03 AM  
I just love the fact that Bill Watterson chose a comic strip called "Pearls Before Swine" to make a rare appearance. All kinds of irony there.

I started buying the daily newspaper as a senior in high school just to get my daily dose of Calvin&Hobbes. I bought all the C&H books, most recently the Complete Calvin and Hobbes box set. I can't wait until my son (who just turned 7) gets a little bit older, so I can introduce him to the beauty and genius that is that comic strip.

That and Bloom County are my absolute favorites.

Thanks for giving us another rare peek at your genius, Mr. Watterson. Please don't let another 30 years pass before the next one.
 
2014-06-07 07:11:19 AM  
Cool stuff. Pearls is a great strip
 
2014-06-07 07:12:11 AM  
I just finished Dear Mr Watterson on Netflix, and this dovetails nicely with that tribute to the man and the strip--and his fight to keep his strip from turning into something he couldn't control. And yeah, that is awesome on about a dozen levels. I do wish that Watterson would return, at least as a more public figure, but I have to respect the man's wishes, and his integrity about his art.
 
2014-06-07 07:12:35 AM  
Underwhelmed
 
2014-06-07 07:16:37 AM  

Two Dogs Farking: I just love the fact that Bill Watterson chose a comic strip called "Pearls Before Swine" to make a rare appearance. All kinds of irony there.

I started buying the daily newspaper as a senior in high school just to get my daily dose of Calvin&Hobbes. I bought all the C&H books, most recently the Complete Calvin and Hobbes box set. I can't wait until my son (who just turned 7) gets a little bit older, so I can introduce him to the beauty and genius that is that comic strip.

That and Bloom County are my absolute favorites.

Thanks for giving us another rare peek at your genius, Mr. Watterson. Please don't let another 30 years pass before the next one.


Get your son a nearly Hobbes doll from Target.  You will not regret it.

http://dinosaurdracula.com/blog/calvin-and-hobbes-doll/
 
2014-06-07 07:19:24 AM  
I don't believe it.
Must be 'shopped.
 
2014-06-07 07:19:50 AM  

20/20: WTF

is

up

with

all

those

one

sentence

paragraphs

?


Dude,
He normally writes to fit in those little word balloons.
 
2014-06-07 07:21:32 AM  
It's actually just the old "on the internet, nobody knows you're a dog" thing. A few layers and no one kniws who or what you really are.
 
2014-06-07 07:23:52 AM  
Well that was fun.

Also, I liked the article's unabashed hero worship.
 
2014-06-07 07:29:13 AM  
Just so you don't miss it - There's a 4th one that's not drawn by Patterson if you hit the next arrow that references the previous 3
 
2014-06-07 07:36:24 AM  
I had seen the strips and thought to myself, "That Martian attack looks just like Bill Watterson's work. Cool."

Now I know... the rest of the story.

/ still miss C&H
 
2014-06-07 07:37:56 AM  

wsupfoo2: Just so you don't miss it - There's a 4th one that's not drawn by Patterson if you hit the next arrow that references the previous 3


Yep. The strip from today (Saturday) also references the last ever Calvin and Hobbes, which suddenly makes a lot more sense...
 
2014-06-07 07:38:44 AM  
Still doesn't explain the car window stickers of Calvin/Hobbes pissing on "insert popular brand".

When I see those I just assume whoever is driving the car has no class and probably spends most of his money on lottery tickets.
 
2014-06-07 07:40:19 AM  
I knew that wasn't Pastis drawing the special panels. But to find out who it was? That is AWESOME.
 
2014-06-07 07:40:53 AM  
Watterson seems to be returning to the world slowly. I'd want him back but he'll always be judged against Calvin & Hobbes and no man would want that burden.
 
2014-06-07 07:41:55 AM  

SauronWasFramed: Two Dogs Farking: I just love the fact that Bill Watterson chose a comic strip called "Pearls Before Swine" to make a rare appearance. All kinds of irony there.

I started buying the daily newspaper as a senior in high school just to get my daily dose of Calvin&Hobbes. I bought all the C&H books, most recently the Complete Calvin and Hobbes box set. I can't wait until my son (who just turned 7) gets a little bit older, so I can introduce him to the beauty and genius that is that comic strip.

That and Bloom County are my absolute favorites.

Thanks for giving us another rare peek at your genius, Mr. Watterson. Please don't let another 30 years pass before the next one.

Get your son a nearly Hobbes doll from Target.  You will not regret it.

http://dinosaurdracula.com/blog/calvin-and-hobbes-doll/


I saw one of those and grabbed it for my son.

Then I walked in one day to Hobbes holding a copy of the Leviathan and feared that I shall never see a transmogrifier anytime soon
 
2014-06-07 07:43:14 AM  

SauronWasFramed: Two Dogs Farking: I just love the fact that Bill Watterson chose a comic strip called "Pearls Before Swine" to make a rare appearance. All kinds of irony there.

I started buying the daily newspaper as a senior in high school just to get my daily dose of Calvin&Hobbes. I bought all the C&H books, most recently the Complete Calvin and Hobbes box set. I can't wait until my son (who just turned 7) gets a little bit older, so I can introduce him to the beauty and genius that is that comic strip.

That and Bloom County are my absolute favorites.

Thanks for giving us another rare peek at your genius, Mr. Watterson. Please don't let another 30 years pass before the next one.

Get your son a nearly Hobbes doll from Target.  You will not regret it.

http://dinosaurdracula.com/blog/calvin-and-hobbes-doll/


Right, off to Target this morning....one for me, one for my 20 year old son. He'll love it.
 
2014-06-07 07:44:08 AM  
Totally worth the read. Great find, subby.
 
2014-06-07 07:47:19 AM  
Awesome.

Thanks shlubby!
 
2014-06-07 07:53:09 AM  
I shall pray to all the gods that this fuels Bill and he makes a comeback, even if it's just for a little while.
 
2014-06-07 07:56:41 AM  
i.imgur.com

The last line made me chuckle.

/For those not in the know, Watterson spent some time fighting with newspapers and the comics syndicate over the ever shrinking space granted to cartoonists and comics.
 
2014-06-07 08:00:54 AM  

Cymbal: Still doesn't explain the car window stickers of Calvin/Hobbes pissing on "insert popular brand".

When I see those I just assume whoever is driving the car has no class and probably spends most of his money on lottery tickets.


Watterson didn't do that. To sue them he'd have to come out of his hidey-hole and piss away his own privacy.
 
2014-06-07 08:01:33 AM  
Maybe under *your* nose subby, *I* knew it the entire time!

/not
//comic looks interesting
 
2014-06-07 08:07:28 AM  
I hate to be the voice of dissent here, but I think the article is one giant run-on humblebrag, and it diminishes the cool factor of the guest strips. I wish the artist had just kept his mouth shut, rather than going on at length about how he's the one that could get Waterson out of his shell. Also, why rub his nose in not being tech savvy? That's just rude.
 
2014-06-07 08:07:38 AM  
This is just all around awesome.  PBS is the only newspaper strip worth the ink these days.
 
2014-06-07 08:11:01 AM  

feckingmorons: That is fantastic. I saw those three during the week and thought that he had someone else draw them or that he draws his much differently on purpose.


I assumed he'd emulated Watterson's style as an homage.
 
2014-06-07 08:13:37 AM  

wsupfoo2: Just so you don't miss it - There's a 4th one that's not drawn by Patterson if you hit the next arrow that references the previous 3


assets.amuniversal.com
 
2014-06-07 08:14:06 AM  

Warthog: I hate to be the voice of dissent here, but I think the article is one giant run-on humblebrag, and it diminishes the cool factor of the guest strips. I wish the artist had just kept his mouth shut, rather than going on at length about how he's the one that could get Waterson out of his shell. Also, why rub his nose in not being tech savvy? That's just rude.


The guy's young. That's what young guys do.
 
2014-06-07 08:21:59 AM  
I'll just leave this here.
schmoesknow.com

My, it is getting very dusty in this room, isn't it?
 
2014-06-07 08:28:48 AM  

Hack Patooey: SauronWasFramed: Two Dogs Farking: I just love the fact that Bill Watterson chose a comic strip called "Pearls Before Swine" to make a rare appearance. All kinds of irony there.

I started buying the daily newspaper as a senior in high school just to get my daily dose of Calvin&Hobbes. I bought all the C&H books, most recently the Complete Calvin and Hobbes box set. I can't wait until my son (who just turned 7) gets a little bit older, so I can introduce him to the beauty and genius that is that comic strip.

That and Bloom County are my absolute favorites.

Thanks for giving us another rare peek at your genius, Mr. Watterson. Please don't let another 30 years pass before the next one.

Get your son a nearly Hobbes doll from Target.  You will not regret it.

http://dinosaurdracula.com/blog/calvin-and-hobbes-doll/

Right, off to Target this morning....one for me, one for my 20 year old son. He'll love it.


Where I work, many of my coworkers keep a stuffed toy in their workspace.  Mine is a nearly Hobbes.
 
2014-06-07 08:30:28 AM  

Warthog: I hate to be the voice of dissent here, but I think the article is one giant run-on humblebrag, and it diminishes the cool factor of the guest strips. I wish the artist had just kept his mouth shut, rather than going on at length about how he's the one that could get Waterson out of his shell. Also, why rub his nose in not being tech savvy? That's just rude.


Because if I had the opportunity to collaborate with Bill Farking Watterson, I'd totally not brag about it.

And really, the part about his technological skills at least humanizes the man.  It's actually cooler to think a person with such an amazing imagination and artistic ability gets confused by a scanner.

/he could be my grandpa anyday
 
2014-06-07 08:31:16 AM  

Warthog: I hate to be the voice of dissent here, but I think the article is one giant run-on humblebrag, and it diminishes the cool factor of the guest strips. I wish the artist had just kept his mouth shut, rather than going on at length about how he's the one that could get Waterson out of his shell. Also, why rub his nose in not being tech savvy? That's just rude.


Watterson was long known to be somewhat old fashioned in his approach. Bristol board and brushes, and watercolors not Photoshop.

One of the things that I really appreciated about the Words and Pictures Museum--before Eastman let it go under--was seeing original comic art. Seeing Eisner's original panels, mistakes and all. Seeing the original drawings, as opposed to prints, gave you an appreciation for the work involved, and part of the process. Watterson's work is likewise preserved, and available, if you want to go to the archive, and when you see those panels, you get an appreciation for the size, the weight, and yeah, the mistakes and the fixes. Photoshop doesn't really preserve the process in the same way, which a lot of web artists sort of lose.

My father tattoos. All of his work is done on paper first. It's often an exacting process with his knotwork and the precision and the math involved is often lost to folks who just see the copy that will be sized for their piece. His original work is what his apprentices look at, because that shows very much the process involved, and more valuable to them than the finished work sometimes.

I think that this is an example of a guy who IS humbled to have worked with one of his heroes. And has been dying to share that with folks--not just for his own aggrandizement, but to share an experience that has to be shared. He's your hero. That Watterson ISN'T untouchable and unknowable. That means that there is hope for others. You share hope, mang. You share hope. That's a good sized part of Watterson's messages over the years, and that the days are still packed...
 
2014-06-07 08:31:17 AM  
After reading this, I can't help but feel that Bill Watterson is some kind of huge jerk. People might 'miss' Calvin and Hobbes... but they'll remember Garfield. There's a Foxtrot book out there where Bill basically rips into Jim Davis.

Jim Davis, by all accounts, is an *insanely* nice guy, allows other creative people their hands on his creation to do their own creative things (see also "Garfield minus Garfield (http://garfieldminusgarfield.net/) " and "The Square Root of Minus Garfield" (http://www.mezzacotta.net/garfield/?comic=1197) and doesn't just allow it, but *writes the forward to these things*

I can't help but think the proper response is "Lighten up, Francis."

No?

Just me?
 
2014-06-07 08:31:32 AM  

Duane Dibbley: I'll just leave this here.
[schmoesknow.com image 850x637]

My, it is getting very dusty in this room, isn't it?


You want dusty?

Read this:

http://www.reddit.com/r/WritingPrompts/comments/25gtsw/eu_in_the_fin al _minutes_of_his_life_calvin_has/
 
2014-06-07 08:32:31 AM  

Coming on a Bicycle: Warthog: I hate to be the voice of dissent here, but I think the article is one giant run-on humblebrag, and it diminishes the cool factor of the guest strips. I wish the artist had just kept his mouth shut, rather than going on at length about how he's the one that could get Waterson out of his shell. Also, why rub his nose in not being tech savvy? That's just rude.

The guy's young. That's what young guys do.


It was a humerous way to tell the reader a bit about Bill, say how much he still wants privacy, and let us know a charity auction is coming up. They probably wrote that together. At the least I'm sure Bill reviewed it.
 
2014-06-07 08:33:22 AM  
OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG LOL OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG
 
2014-06-07 08:35:45 AM  

TheZorker: After reading this, I can't help but feel that Bill Watterson is some kind of huge jerk. People might 'miss' Calvin and Hobbes... but they'll remember Garfield. There's a Foxtrot book out there where Bill basically rips into Jim Davis.

Jim Davis, by all accounts, is an *insanely* nice guy, allows other creative people their hands on his creation to do their own creative things (see also "Garfield minus Garfield (http://garfieldminusgarfield.net/) " and "The Square Root of Minus Garfield" (http://www.mezzacotta.net/garfield/?comic=1197) and doesn't just allow it, but *writes the forward to these things*

I can't help but think the proper response is "Lighten up, Francis."

No?

Just me?


Meh. Watterson has written about how much he (and everyone else) worships Schulz, and if there was ever a sell-out, it's the insurance-selling gang.

He just decided he didn't want to go that route with his characters and in the long run it surely hurt both him and his characters (Calvin peeing, anyone? There's no Watterson lawyers taking them down, per his artistic choice. Is that a good thing?)
 
2014-06-07 08:40:20 AM  

OldRod: Duane Dibbley: I'll just leave this here.
[schmoesknow.com image 850x637]

My, it is getting very dusty in this room, isn't it?

You want dusty?

Read this:

http://www.reddit.com/r/WritingPrompts/comments/25gtsw/eu_in_the_fin al _minutes_of_his_life_calvin_has/


Great thanks for making me cry in the middle of my morning leisurely Saturday bowel movement
 
2014-06-07 08:45:39 AM  
Pretty funny, and now that's it's pointed out, I can see the Calvin and Hobbs similarity.
 
2014-06-07 08:45:40 AM  

Warthog: I hate to be the voice of dissent here, but I think the article is one giant run-on humblebrag, and it diminishes the cool factor of the guest strips. I wish the artist had just kept his mouth shut, rather than going on at length about how he's the one that could get Waterson out of his shell. Also, why rub his nose in not being tech savvy? That's just rude.


Well, I'm glad the guy did it, because I don't read his strip and I would like to read anything Watterson does.  His "humblebrag" brought it to my attention; I don't really care what his motives were.

/and farking good for him, that's a huge farking deal
 
2014-06-07 08:47:14 AM  
Very cool collaboration!  Good to see his work again.
 
2014-06-07 09:08:52 AM  

YodaBlues: For those not in the know, Watterson spent some time fighting with newspapers and the comics syndicate over the ever shrinking space granted to cartoonists and comics.


I recall that argument.  Didn't Watterson threaten to pull Calvin and Hobbes if he didn't get the full Sunday space he had always had?  Something about a big first panel.  Seems that his syndicator went to war with a lot of Sunday papers over that one.  The constant battles were one of the reasons he stopped, IIRC.
 
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