Bill Watterson

I found this speech by Bill Watterson, creator of the ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ comic, to a graduation class from Kenyon College, Ohio. “In the middle of my sophomore year at Kenyon, I decided to paint a copy of Michelangelo’s “Creation of Adam” from the Sistine Chapel on the ceiling of my dorm room. By standing…

I found this speech by Bill Watterson, creator of the ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ comic, to a graduation class from Kenyon College, Ohio.

In the middle of my sophomore year at Kenyon, I decided to paint a copy of Michelangelo’s “Creation of Adam” from the Sistine Chapel on the ceiling of my dorm room. By standing on a chair, I could reach the ceiling, and I taped off a section, made a grid, and started to copy the picture from my art history book.

It goes on to say various humorous and profound things about life, cartooning and suchlike things.

One thing I like about Bill Watterson is his refusal to succumb to the pressure to produce all sorts of dubious merchandising, or in fact any merchandising at all of his work. I’m not saying that should I become remarkable successful and famous that I wouldn’t produce garish green cartoon pillowcases and plastic Farmer Wibblethorpes, but I appreciate his stance.

If you’re interested in this, the speech ‘the cheapening of comics‘, another by Bill Watterson is also worth reading. Thanks to Make Comics Forever for the first link.