Calvin and Hobbes is fùcking glorious.
@TyGamer, nice use of alternate letters.
@Swathed in Memes, that's what I do. I like the i that has two dots. (Ï)
I miss Bill Waterson.
@I Are Lebo, he died? Or is he just reclusive?
@Big Hat Brogan, he's a reclusive.
Bill would have eventually ended Calvin and Hobbes anyway, but he refused to syndicate his work. He didn't want it to become commercialized, which was something being pushed on him on an increasingly frequent basis. Finally he lost his patience and his temper, and he basically went off into the woods.
I sympathize with him. Look at Jim Davis, the creator of Garfield. He syndicated back in the 90s, and the result was a decent cartoon that lasted several years, two garbage live action movies, and a comic that he's contractually obligated to keep making in spite of the fact that it stopped being funny nearly a decade ago. Plus literal tons of low quality merchandise. Jim Davis traded his artistic integrity for millions of dollars.
Was it a good trade? I don't know, but I also can't remember the last time I enjoyed looking at a Garfield comic strip.
As a side note, this means that any piece of merchandise you find of Calvin and Hobbes is counterfeit.
@I Are Lebo, and to put that in context, I grew up on those comic strips. I'd go to the library or bookstore and get those thick compilations of comics. I used to own every Garfield compilation. I had maybe ten pounds of Calvin and Hobbes books. I loved other strips, but those two were my favourites.
Now, Calvin and Hobbes are gone and have been for a long time. Garfield is still around, and I occasionally look at the new stuff. It always fails to make me even smile. The jokes are forced, the art is surprisingly lazy, and the characters have all become flat and lifeless.
It's obvious that Jim Davis is only still making Garfield because he has to. There's no passion in it anymore.
Am I the only one that when reading "ring ring" I continued with "ring ring ring banana phone"?
@Im Mom, yes