Calvin and Hobbes creator’s words with aspiring comic’s art combine to talk about what is important in life.

I’ve always had the utmost respect for Bill Waterson (the man behind Calvin and Hobbes).  Once he had said all he wanted to say with Calvin and Hobbes, he walked away.  Rather than staying on to make money having to manufacture motivation and letting the cartoon get stale, he walked away.

I admire him for that.

A short comic has recently been released using Watterson’s words about life philosophy that very closely resembles my own.  As someone who owned every Calvin and Hobbes anthology, it’s good to once again be the recipient of Waterson’s wit and wisdom as only he can convey it.  Gavin Aung Than of ZenPencils.com did the artwork.  Check out the comic, it’ll make you smile.

  • Daniel Moran

    I too own all the anthologies. They are one of my most cherished possessions, as they are what my father and I read together when I was a child, whenever he wasn’t too busy or tired from working.

  • RhubarbTheBear

    Small point – while the words are his, the artwork is actually a tribute to Watterson’s style by another artist.

    • Xeavn

      Was just about to post that. Thanks.

    • Ryan Jean

      And that artist does weekly comics based on great quotes, including several luminaries of the skeptic/atheist community at his website, Zen Pencils.

      http://zenpencils.com/

  • CanuckAmuck

    The words are Waterson’s, but the art, though obviously done in his style, is not.

  • Nicholas Joseph

    I’ll preface this by stating that I love C&H and regard it as possibly the best strip of all time. But Waterson’s words bother me, as things like this often do. It’s not that a job and a salary are the measure of human worth. The job and the salary put food on the damn table, keep the roof from leaking, and pay the electric bills. It’s a very rare and lucky person that can drop everything to chase their dreams; for most of us, it’s a fantasy.

    • RhubarbTheBear

      I think there’s an implication that a fully realized dream would indeed pay the bills. I’ve never read this as an encouragement to be generally irresponsible.

  • unbound55

    It might ease the confusion if the comic at the origin site is linked instead. The artist talks about the cartoon and what it means to him there as well – http://zenpencils.com/

  • Machintelligence

    For Calvin and Hobbes fans who have not yet seen it:

    http://www.thehighdefinite.com/2011/05/calvin-hobbes-bacon/

  • Michael Williams

    I love Calvin & Hobbes, and they are as fresh and funny today as they were before he stopped writing them almost 20 years ago. I admire that Watterson was willing to step away when he felt the strip had run its course, rather than keep flogging it forever (like “Blondie” or “Beetle Bailey” or “Garfield”, none of which have been funny in decades). I also admire his reluctance to license his characters for merchandising, although, again, he could be a billionaire if he was whoring Calvin & Hobbes shirts, dolls, etc., to say nothing of animated cartoon series, movie deals, video games…

    I have often wondered about the only 2 things I recall ever seeing with Calvin’s likeness: Both are car-window decals, one with Calvin Pissing on various logos: Chevy, Ford, etc, and the other with Calvin Kneeling in prayer at the foot of a cross. Neither of these have anything to do with the spirit of C&H, and in fact are kind of the opposite of Calvin’s character and personality. Calvin is impish and irreverent, not vicious and mean-spirited, as the “pissing” meme implies, and there is certainly no theme of Christianity or religiosity in any of the series. I wonder that the author would allow either of these to be sold. Does he not know about it? or not care? I have a hard time believing he would endorse such a perverse misappropriation of his beloved icon, particularly exclusively.


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