Bill Watterson: A cartoonist’s advice.

Great panel by Gavin Aung Than on zenpencils.com detailing a quote from Bill Watterson’s graduation speech that he gave at his alma mater, Kenyon College, in 1990.

The comic is basically the story of my life, except I’m a stay-at-home-dad to two dogs. My ex-boss even asked me if I wanted to return to my old job.

- My original dream was to become a successful newspaper comic strip artist and create the next Calvin and Hobbes. That job almost doesn’t exist anymore as newspapers continue to disappear and the comics section gets smaller and smaller, often getting squeezed out of newspapers entirely. I spent years sending submissions to syndicates in my early 20s and still have the rejection letters somewhere. I eventually realised it was a fool’s dream (also, my work was nowhere near good enough) and decided webcomics was the place to be. It’s mouth-watering to imagine what Watterson could achieve with webcomics, given the infinite possibilities of the online medium.

- My style is already influenced by Watterson, but this is the first time I’ve intentionally tried to mimic his work. It’s been fun poring through Calvin and Hobbesstrips the past week while working on this comic and it was a humbling reminder that I still have a long way to go.

- The quotes I’ve used in the write-up above are taken from the introduction to 
The Complete Calvin and Hobbes collection, which sits proudly on my desk.

- Thanks to Marlyn, Emily, Joseph, and Suchismita for submitting this speech.”
  1. cksaul reblogged this from cksaul
  2. lunar213 reblogged this from whatshertoes
  3. givemeyourthimble reblogged this from whatshertoes
  4. frozenlikeacapsicle reblogged this from whatshertoes
  5. christina-carrie reblogged this from whatshertoes
  6. kaseytatted17 reblogged this from awesome112358
  7. violetlobo reblogged this from thatsridicarus
  8. thatsridicarus reblogged this from whatshertoes
  9. lucidlucasleohearted reblogged this from whatshertoes
  10. wpder reblogged this from whatshertoes
  11. fuckeryadams reblogged this from detectivesandtimelords
  12. detectivesandtimelords reblogged this from whatshertoes
  13. seanmagna reblogged this from whatshertoes
  14. shnanananon reblogged this from thegoddamnbrucewayne
  15. your-favorite-paramour reblogged this from juliekinsann
  16. cubanmando reblogged this from lifeofnick
  17. akleneth reblogged this from lifeofnick
  18. eerieotic reblogged this from cuddleypanda69
  19. terreasaurus reblogged this from lifeofnick
  20. juliekinsann reblogged this from lifeofnick
  21. cuddleypanda69 reblogged this from lifeofnick
  22. thegoddamnbrucewayne reblogged this from lifeofnick
  23. lifeofnick reblogged this from whatshertoes
  24. bripley reblogged this from whatshertoes
  25. captain-cous-cous reblogged this from whatshertoes
  26. carameloebaunilha reblogged this from whatshertoes and added:
    This!