I was in New York over the Easter weekend seeing some family, and while I was away, this happened;
I don’t know if you can tell from the style or if you can see the signature at the bottom left (the “W”), but this is a contribution to the project from Thompson megafan Bill Watterson, the creator of Calvin and Hobbes and notorious recluse.
Holy shit. I’m in a project that Bill Watterson, one of my all-time cartooning heroes and the creator of the greatest comic strip of all time, is also a part of.
In related news, the official announcement of Chris Fischer’s tied-in ‘zine helping the fundraising has been released, including my name alongside a TON of other awesome writers/bloggers/cartoonists talking about our favorite comics in little essays.
To that end, I’m cobbling together a big, fat, old-school zine to raise money for the Team. I’ve asked an armada of bloggers, critics and fans (and maybe a cartoonist or two) to each write a short essay answering the following questions: what is your favorite comic (comic book, comic strip, graphic novel, whatever), and why? The Team zine will be a compilation of these essays, an explosion of wildly divergent opinions, and an ideal shopping list to take with you as you plunge into an unfamiliar longbox or used book store.
The contributors are an all-star line-up: Derik Badman, Noah Berlatsky, Alex Boney, David Bordwell, Matthew J. Brady, Scott Bukatman, Johanna Draper Carlson, Isaac Cates, Rob Clough, Corey Creekmur, Andrew Farago, Shaenon Garrity, Dustin Harbin, Charles Hatfield, Jeet Heer, Gene Kannenberg Jr., Abhay Khosla, Susan Kirtley, Sean Kleefeld, Costa Koutsoutis, Andrew Mansell, Robert Stanley Martin, Chris Mautner, Joe McCulloch, Ana Merino, Chris Pitzer, Mike Rhode, Jim Rugg, Frank Santoro, Chris Schweizer, Caroline Small, Tom Spurgeon, Ben Towle and Matthias Wivel.
Pretty impressive list, right? And I’m on it! Like I keep saying, it’s an honor to be a small part of this whole fundraising effort. You should check it all out if you haven’t already, the whole project is slowly starting to conglomerate and centralize around the Team Cul De Sac artblog, so that’s the best place to follow everything about the project.
Stay tuned for more stuff, hopefully soon.