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(Some Guy)   Bill Watterson: Keeping it real since 1958   ( zenpencils.com) divider line
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2013-08-27 08:39:08 AM  
3 votes:
For those who didn't read the fine print.....

The comic itself is done by a guy who just draws in the style of Watterson.

The theme of what is in the comic is about the guys life.

The words of the comic ARE supposed to be from a speech given by Watterson.
2013-08-27 03:23:30 PM  
1 vote:
So, is the wife in the comic following her passion too or does she now have to work at the soulless company at a job she hates because her husband wants to stay at home and paint dinosaurs?
2013-08-27 01:51:09 PM  
1 vote:
Love Watterson, love Calvin & Hobbes, love his philosophy on his life and his work. However that works for almost noone. I work in Advertising and it is a soul sucking nightmare of artistic compromise and disappointment. It does allow me to provide for my family and that is priority one over my happiness with my job. I am always looking for a better opportunity than what Ive got, but havent found it yet. Unfortunately, I dont have the resources to "leave and go follow my dreams", Ive got kids to think about. I do love Watterson for turning down the licensing. THAT took enormous balls and its the sign of a man that is truly happy with what hes got. No greed there. So rare hes almost an extinct species.
2013-08-27 10:32:40 AM  
1 vote:
That was a great comic strip in the link there, inspiring. And Watterson is awesome, C&H is one of my all-time favs.

But it's so fundamentally flawed.

ftfa: "The only way to learn how to write and draw is by writing and drawing ... to persist in the face of continual rejection requires a deep love of the work itself, "

Not everyone gets to hit a home run, there can only be so many cartoonists and people doing "what they want".
There are two types of work: creative, and non-creative. And for some reason, all these inspiration posts here and on 9gag and all over social media keep sending the message that you must be creative to be happy. What about my mom who loves numbers and worked as an accountant for years? Was she a sell-out with no soul because she didn't try to become an abstract painter?

And for every Bill Watterson or Eminem who teaches "just never give up", there are a million kids who will become adults who will never ever make it. There's only so much room at the top. Even at the "barely livable" area, there's only so much room. For every Eminem that made it, there's a million people who never will, and will live in poverty.

What if someone's self-worth is defined by how much they provide for their family, and they know that to do that they must be a lawyer or work in finance? By the reasoning in the linked article, that guy's a sell-out with no soul.
2013-08-27 10:29:34 AM  
1 vote:
Aaaaaand sitting in the office doing my meaningless job just got that much harder.
2013-08-27 10:25:14 AM  
1 vote:
Wow. That's exactly how I've felt since I graduated college. And he's absolutely right that people will tell you, sometimes subtly sometimes not, that you should be striving for upward mobility.

Maybe I don't define myself by what I do to pay the bills.  Isn't it enough to find your own little slice of happiness and just enjoy life?

/I want that comic as a giant poster on my wall.
2013-08-27 10:23:25 AM  
1 vote:
That guy gets it.
2013-08-27 09:47:53 AM  
1 vote:

Egoy3k: Yeah but what if your passion is avarice and excess?

Then run for congress.
2013-08-27 09:11:01 AM  
1 vote:

PanicMan: Yeah, I saw this last night and immediately felt l was wasting my life.

Hah.. I just saw this and felt a little less like I'm wasting my life.
2013-08-27 08:54:39 AM  
1 vote:
Yeah, I saw this last night and immediately felt l was wasting my life.
2013-08-27 08:52:45 AM  
1 vote:
He is pretty cool!

I still want my Calvin and Hobbes.
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