Posted October 6, 2017 by Stephen Hardman in Columns

World of Webcomics News: Bill Watterson (of Calvin and Hobbes) temporarily exits retirement!

In a move that can only be described as AWESOME, Bill Watterson (the ultra-loved and equally reclusive creator of Calvin & Hobbes) has partially illustrated 3 comic strips appearing on the Pearls Before Swine comic.

This follows another break in our Watterson-silent world after the gifted illustrator crafted a poster/cover for the comic documentary Stripped and a sort of retrofitted homage comic illustrated by Gavin Aung (channeling Watterson (and repurposing his words) popped up last year. If you haven’t seen/read it, you can do so here.

To add a little frosting to the Watterson cake, the original art for these strips will be auctioned for charity. Read Stephan Pastis’ explanation of the entire situation on his personal blog here.

Born in the North West of England and now living in North Somerset his interest in comics started at an early age by reading the cartoons in weekend newspapers – a particular favourite being Calvin & Hobbes. His interest grew when he discovered the only comic shop in his home-town, which led him to Vertigo, the early incarnation of Image, as well as Batman, a character which remains a favourite to this day. He also loves crime and noir fiction, film and TV of all kinds, and music of all types. Writing and blogging takes up much of his spare time and he hopes to one day publish his long-gestating crime novel.