Excuse my language, but OMFG THIS IS FREAKING UNBELIEVABLE!!!
Bill Watterson, he of Calvin and Hobbes fame, the "Bigfoot of cartooning", quietly came out seclusion last week and drew a few panels of Pearls Before Swine, the well-known web-comic.
Stephan Pastis sets up the story like this:
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.
He then goes on to explain how he sent Bill an email:
[I] thanked him for all his great work and the influence he’d had on me. And never expected to get a reply.
And what do you know, he wrote back.
Let me tell you. Just getting an email from Bill Watterson is one of the most mind-blowing, surreal experiences I have ever had. Bill Watterson really exists? And he sends email? And he’s communicating with me?
But he was. And he had a great sense of humor about the strip I had done, and was very funny, and oh yeah...
...He had a comic strip idea he wanted to run by me.
The comments people posted for each strip are kinda funny, now that we know what's really going on And check out the full story on Stephan's blog. Meeting your heroes can sometimes be a disappointing experience, but it sounds like this one definitely wasn't.
I've written before about how much I like C&H (seriously, who doesn't?), so the thought that Bill has surfaced and is wielding a pen again is pretty awesome news!
Set my hair on fire, I surely would! Not that there's much left, I'd hardly miss it...