“Calvin and Hobbes: Art Before Commerce”

Everyone loved Calvin and Hobbes as far as I can tell. Both a beautifully drawn and an imaginative comic, Bill Watterson’s creation of a boy and his stuffed tiger was an 80s and 90s staple. But perhaps the most beautiful part about it is that he made a hit comic, without ever giving up on the idea of comics at an art form, and not as a commercial venture.

That’s still true today. There is no such thing as authorized Calvin and Hobbes merchandise. (Those car decals that miss the point only emphasize this.) And that’s ok. Few people manage to gain fame in the art form they love, and even less manage to hold on to their artistic vision while doing so. Watterson is an inspiration to all.


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