A post at Zen Pencils has a long quote from Bill Watterson, the cartoonist behind “Calvin and Hobbes,” illustrated in Mr. Watterson’s style. Not sure how to embed it (or if it’s even fair to do so), so click here. My favorite bit:
“To invent your own life’s meaning is not easy, but it’s still allowed, and I think you’ll be happier for the trouble.”
Mr. Watterson drew “Calvin and Hobbes” for ten years before simply walking away. He didn’t license it to other artists and staff it out. He said what he wanted to say, and moved on. Aside from calendars and collections, he never made deals for merchandise (just imagine all the babies who would have been given a certain stuffed tiger). He figured out what sort of life he wanted to live, and stayed true to it.
You have to admire that.