The creator of iconic comic strip Calvin and Hobbes has quietly returned to comics after an almost 20-year absence.
Bill Watterson, the reclusive artist behind the strip that was once featured in 2,400 newspapers worldwide, drew three comics of Pearls Before Swine, a strip by Stephan Pastis that chronicles the daily lives of four anthropomorphic animals called Pig, Rat, Zebra, and Goat.
Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes gained widespread popularity and praise for its humorous portrayal of the philosophical conversations of a six-year-old boy and his stuffed tiger.
According to Pastis’ blog, he contacted Watterson after running a strip where he – who occasionally appears in the comic – gets a woman to sleep with him by telling him he draws Calvin and Hobbes.
‘The idea I proposed was that I would pretend Pearls was being drawn by a precocious second grader who thought my art was crap,’ wrote Pastis.
‘I named her ‘Libby,’ which I then shortened to ‘Lib.’ (Hint, hint: It’s almost ‘Bill’ backwards),’ he explained.
Watterson told the Washington Post:
‘I thought maybe Stephan and I could do this goofy collaboration and then use the result to raise some money for Parkinson’s research in honour of [the Post’s longtime artist] Richard Thompson.’
The strips ran on 5, 6, and 7 June.
9 June 2014 | 4:30 pm – Source: metro.co.uk