Calvin and Hogges

Bill Watterson, creator of the fabled and much-missed “Calvin and Hobbes” comic strip, got back in the game for a while this past week as a guest artist for the Stephan Pastis strip “Pearls Before Swine.”

The famously reclusive Watterson, who sent Calvin and his stuffed tiger sledding into history in 1995, collaborated with Pastis in part for fun and in part to help raise money for Parkinson’s research, according to Michael Cavna of The Washington Post.

Pastis did the writing and some of the drawing, turning Watterson loose in the middle panels. And both apparently had a wonderful time.

“I had expected to just mess around with his characters while they did their usual things, but Stephan kept setting up these situations that required more challenging drawings … so I had to work a lot harder than I planned to! It was a lot of fun.” Watterson told Cavna.

As for Pastis, he said: “It’s just massive … the biggest thing I’ve ever been a part of.”

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8 Responses to “Calvin and Hogges”

  1. psobrien Says:

    Bill Watterson has an interesting story. Even though I was not a regular reader of his strip, this recent activity makes me wonder what will come next from him. Have you ever met him?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Hey, Pat — nope, never met Mr. Watterson. I sought an interview with him, one cartoonist to another, when I was an editor at The New Mexican, but his handler at the syndicate said ix-nay on the at-chay.

      I have met Jef Mallett, who does “Frazz,” and he’s a really nice, funny guy. Good strip, too, with lots of cycling references. Watterson plunked a few of those into “Calvin,” too; the father was a recreational rider.

      That said, “Calvin and Hobbes” remains my favorite comic strip of all time, though Gilbert Shelton’s “Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers” is a close second. Excellent writing, tremendous art; it just doesn’t get any better than that.

      • veloben Says:

        Jef Mallett is a great guy. I met him at the Chicago Tri a few years back (I could only do the Sprint, he did all three races that weekend).

        Always loved his take on librarians. There’s one with a reference librarian bearing a similarity to little old me.

        Only reason I still subscribe to the Chicago Trib is his strip.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        I thought since both of you are cartoonists that some professional event would have put you two in the same space for a little while.
        Was going to ride this morning, but the air is full of smoke from two forest fires in Sonora. So I am cleaning and lubing bikes instead. A garage, a bike stand, and cold beer. What’s not to like?

      • Larry T. Says:

        I too miss Calvin and Hobbes.

  2. bromasi Says:

    real cartoons in a real newspaper.

  3. Dale Says:

    My special strip was the one where Calvin’s Dad explains black and white versus color (in art, movies, etc) to Calvin. Everything you need to Know can be found in Calvin and Hobbes.

  4. GeWilli (@Ge_Willi) Says:

    This was awesome – Frazz is about the only strip i read daily (or catch up all at once on the ones i missed)… but Calvin and Hobbes… that, yes… and the collaboration just was brilliant, a reminder of that old magic touch.

    Thanks for sharing Mad dog!

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