Bill Watterson of “Calvin and Hobbes” returns to the comics page!
Legendary comics creator and reputed hermit Bill Watterson has returned to comic strips — although only for a three-day guest stint on “Pearls Before Swine.”
You can find “Pearls” at the GoComics site. Today’s strip is a tribute to the final “Calvin and Hobbes” strip, published December 31, 1995.
Stephan Pastis’s story detailing how he coaxed Watterson into guesting can be found here:
Bill Watterson is the Bigfoot of cartooning.
He is legendary. He is reclusive. And like Bigfoot, there is really only one photo of him in existence.
Few in the cartooning world have ever spoken to him. Even fewer have ever met him.
In fact, legend has it that when Steven Spielberg called to see if he wanted to make a movie, Bill wouldn’t even take the call.
So it was with little hope of success that I set out to try and meet him last April.