Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes, returned to comic strips recently with a three-day collaboration with Stephen Pastis on Pearls Before Swine. The art from those three days are going to be auctioned off at Heritage Auctions with proceeds going to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson’s Research.
The collaboration between the two artists came at the suggestion of Watterson and was immediately embraced by an overwhelmed Pastis, who, like some many modern cartoonists, was greatly influenced by Watterson and Calvin and Hobbes. The trajectory of the three strip arc follows Pastis’ comic strip alter-ego as he turns the drawing of the comic over to a precocious second-grader named Libby for three days. The results are both wickedly funny and uniquely Watterson, while remaining true to the sharp humor that defines the Pearls Before Swine strip.
At Watterson’s request, the artwork is being sold on behalf of Team Cul de Sac, a non-profit charity established by editor/designer Chris Sparks on behalf of Cul de Sac cartoonist Richard Thompson, who is battling Parkinson’s Disease.
The art will be on display during the San Diego Comic Con. For more on the auction, click here.