Bill Watterson, the creator of the beloved “Calvin and Hobbes” comic strip series, secretly returned to the pages of newspapers across the world this week.
The reason no one noticed is that he wasn’t creating new stories for his signature characters but was instead making an unannounced guest appearance in Stephan Pastis’ “Pearls Before Swine” strip for three days (June 4th-6th).
Watterson asked Pastis to keep their collaboration a secret until all three strips had run.
In an interview with the Washington Post, Watterson explained why he was willing to work with Pastis:
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“Several years ago, when Stephan did one of his strips that mocked his own drawing ability and mentioned my strip in comparison, I thought it might be funny for me to ghost ‘Pearls’ sometime, just to flip it all on its head,” the goateed Watterson tells me, offering a clear indication that he still follows the funnies. “It was just a silly idea, and I didn’t know Stephan, so I never pursued it, and years went by.”