‘Calvin and Hobbes’ creator returns to comics after more than 20 years

© Bill Watterson.  Dist. By Universal Uclick. Reprinted with permission.
© Bill Watterson. Dist. By Universal Uclick. Reprinted with permission.

In case you missed it, “Pearls Before Swine” cartoonist Stephan Pastis revealed one of the industry’s biggest surprises this weekend.

Three of his strips, which ran last week, were the result of a collaboration with legendary “Calvin and Hobbes” creator Bill Watterson.

The strips mark Watterson’s published return to comics in more than 20 years.

Pastis wrote about his experience in a blog post — which has now gone viral — explaining that he and Watterson started corresponding via e-mail.

When Watterson mentioned he had an idea for a strip, Pastis responded: “I will do whatever you want, including setting my hair on fire.”

The idea evolved into a series of strips drawn by “Libby,” a precocious second-grader who belittles Pastis and “hijacks” his strip.

Pastis called it the highlight of his career, and said Watterson requested his participation only be revealed after all three strips were published.

“It was the hardest secret I’ve ever had to keep,” Pastis wrote. “I knew I had seen something rare.”

According to the Washington Post, the money raised from the strips will go toward Team Cul de Sac, a charity co-founded by cartoonist Richard Thompson, to fight Parkinson’s disease.

You can read Pastis’ blog post, along with links to the strips themselves, here.

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