Calvin & Hobbes Creator's Life Lessons Become Beautiful New Comic

Illustration for article titled emCalvin  Hobbes/em Creators Life Lessons Become Beautiful New Comic

Not a day goes by that I don't somehow, consciously or subconsciously, live out a lesson I learned from Calvin & Hobbes. I sense I'm not alone in this.

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As much as I'd have loved it if comic-creator Bill Watterson had kept working forever, there's something bittersweet about the fact that Calvin & Hobbes is no more. While Calvin and his pet tiger may never go on a new adventure, we can continue to learn lessons from Watterson and his creations, as evidenced by this new comic by Zen Pencils artist Gavin Aung Than.

The comic below is Than's rendition of an excerpt from Bill Watterson's 1990 speech at Kenyon College (site of David Foster Wallace's famous "This Is Water" speech, as it happens). It is just lovely. Read it, and prepare to feel emotions.

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Illustration for article titled emCalvin  Hobbes/em Creators Life Lessons Become Beautiful New Comic

Hug the stuffed tiger in your life, and let's go exploring.

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Everybody should go ahead and read the entire commencement speech to get a better idea of how Watterson railed for upholding personal ethics in the face of compromise by obscene profiteering. Not only did the comics teach valuable life lessons, but Watterson himself can be held as a role model for ethical business practices.