via Brian, This is quite a find: an exhaustive collection of pre-Calvin and Hobbes artwork by Bill Watterson. Sources for these scanned pieces of art include his Ohio college yearbook, a political cartooning magazine he worked at, and even a brief stint at the Cincinnati Post. I’ve put some of my favorites below the fold, but the whole thing deserves a leisurely browse.
drat. I got sucked in despite my best attempts over the past couple of years to stay out. Ah well, thank heaven for RSS feeds. (I blame Shamus for his Snarl reference the other day).
Today’s XKCD is for all the browncoats out there.
via Steven, a page that finally reveals the truth about Calvin and Hobbes:
Mr. Bun is the only real character. In case you’ve forgotten, Mr. Bun appears only once or twice in the entire run of the comic, as Susie Derkin’s stuffed rabbit. Unlike Hobbes, Mr. Bun shows no sign, within the comic, of ever being “real.” (“Mr. Bun seems comatose,” comments Hobbes, after attending a tea party with Susie and Mr. Bun.) Naturally, this is strong evidence that Mr. Bun is the only “real” character, and everything else is occurring in Mr. Bun’s imagination. If Mr. Bun doesn’t actively particpate in his expansive fantasy world, it’s only because he prefers to just sit back and admire his work.
I suspected as much all along.
While you’re waiting for your fix of DMotR this week, check out Girl Genius. I discovered this when a friend sent me the first graphic novel, but the entire series is online. In a nutshell, it’s a steampunk-victorian world where certain people are called “sparks” – blessed with an innate gift of genius for creating mechanical marvels. Just imagine: a world literally dominated by mad scientists. Some of the visuals are almost Miyazaki-esque in their imaginativeness. And some less so; the heroine tends to work in her underwear, though she really is a wholesome type, it’s just accidental. On her part anyway.
You can get up to speed with the “GG 101” class andthen when finished, start reading the “Advanced Class“. The 101 Cast List is also very useful as a side reference. New comics come out M-W-F so it’s very satisfying. It’s well worth your time.