If I could not control what my own work was about and stood for, then cartooning meant very little to me. To me, Calvin and Hobbes is cartooning perfection — that rare strip that has both exquisite writing AND gorgeous artwork.
And most importantly, a strip that was consistently laugh-out-loud funny. I think my brother had a few of the treasury collections and I must have read those dozens of times. Eager to reinvigorate his creative mojo on his return, Watteron proposed a radical new layout for his colour Sunday strips.
Would you stop creating your art if millions of people admired your work and kept wanting more? He had given his heart and soul to one project for 10 years, had said all he wanted to say and wanted to go out on top.
My ex-boss even asked me if I wanted to return to my old job. Reprints of Calvin and Hobbes are still published in over 50 countries and the strips are as fresh and funny as they were years ago.
I was ready to pursue different artistic challenges, work at a less frantic pace with fewer business conflicts, and … start restoring some balance to my life. They would have to publish his Sunday comics at a half-page size with no editing, or not publish it at all. He was free to create strips like thisand this and this.
Great art does that. I spent years sending submissions to syndicates in my early 20s and still have the rejection letters somewhere.
He went through a long and traumatic fight with his syndicate over the licensing rights, and although he eventually prevailed, Watterson was so disillusioned with the industry he almost quit cartooning.
I was a bit too young to appreciate it while it was originally published frombut I started devouring the book collections soon after. It has a timeless quality and will continue to entertain comic fans for generations to come.
About this period Watterson wrote: Broke, he was forced to move back in with his parents and worked an advertising layout job he hated while he drew comics in his spare time. Brain Pickings has a nice article about it. Previously, the Sunday strip was comprised of three tiers of panels and looked like this.
He stayed at this miserable job and submitted strips to comic syndicates for four years before Calvin and Hobbes was accepted. Besides the fact that Calvin and Hobbes is the comic I cherish above all others, Bill Watterson is my biggest creative influence and someone I admire greatly as an artist.
This was close as I could get to my vision of what a comic strip should be.Bill Watterson is the artist and creator of (in my humble opinion) the greatest comic strip of all time, Calvin and Hobbes.
I was a bit too young to appreciate it while it was originally published frombut I started devouring the book collections soon after.
I think my brother had a few. Lily, Lindy M. Zart Underwater Homes, Therese Hopkins Bulgarian Horrors and the Question of the East (), William Ewart Gladstone By Stroke of Sword - A Romance Taken from the Chronicles of Sir Jeremy Clephane (), Jeremy Clephane, Judas Fraser, Andrew Balfour.
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