Eminent Speech | Story Arc

  1. Exposition

Introduces setting, 1980 on a Sunday morning in his new art studio with his new job. From perspective of pen, describe his actions, throwing away paper after paper, frustration getting the best of him.

  1. Inciting Incident

1985. 5 years later, Watterson publishes first Calvin and Hobbes. From perspective of pen, Watterson comes to his NEW office excited and ecstatic. He begins cartooning almost instantly, and pen describes his movements, his artistic thoughts and deeper meanings. Describes how he spends hours and hours drawing a strip, flowing with his thoughts, etc.

  1. Rising Action 1

6 months later. After Calvin and Hobbes is published, Watterson comes to office flustered, even panicked. Looks through newspapers, reading constant “Calvin and Hobbes Merchandising Denied by Watterson.” Elaborate on why he believes merchandising would devalue his characters and their personalities. Knows that company can fire him on the spot, still proceeds.

  1. Rising Action 2

Next day. Uses pen now, expressing his different emotions throughout pen, his deeper more meaningful thoughts. Creates harder more intense strips, involving different cultures and a different point of view, releases emotions through the pen and paper. Puts away paper about merchandising.

  1. Climax

1991. His position finally wins out, Watterson comes into the office not ecstatic, but relaxed. His cartoons are more laid back, he uses his pencil to bring out the happiness and joy in his art. Looks through his past newspaper strips, chuckling and grinning at every flip.

  1. Falling action

Watterson enforces deeper meaning within newspaper cartoon strips. He continues with his moral, and continues the comic strip, doing only two interviews in his 22 years of cartooning. He finishes Calvin and Hobbes in 1995.

  1. Resolution

Watterson gives us a new outlook on cartooning and newspaper strips. He changed plenty of people’s perspectives on art and how cartoon strips can be whatever they desire to be, not just pictures on paper. Pen perspective, explains lessons learnt over the years, etc. Uses pen for the final Calvin and Hobbes cartoon, a snowy white image with a colourful centerpiece. Time to get exploring.

Eminent Blog Post 1

Five weeks is a lot, realistically, too much. I know I may be somewhat complaining right now, but I’m sure that near the deadline, I will be dead inside, sleep deprived, and regretting this first blog post. I personally work better in a more pressured or shorter time span, but it’s nice to be able to focus more on deeper thoughts when finished. For example, binge reading certain newspaper strips.

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Bill Watterson. Born in Washington DC, 1959, his family relocated to Chagrin Falls Ohio when he was only six. At the age of eight, he began creating his own fantasy world throughout illustrations and little text. Spending most of his time away from socializing with others, he became intrigued in storyline and art, focusing more on plot, and putting deeper more artistic background into his cartoons. At a young age he came across comic strips such as Krazy Kat, Pogo, and The Peanuts, inspiring him on a whole new level. In the fourth grade, Bill decided to email the creator of “The Peanuts”, and surprisingly got a reply back, influencing him in ways that he wouldn’t know until he grew older. He had parents that supported him every step of the way, encouraging his learning process and helping him work and enlarge his skill in art. During his middle school and elementary years, he began to notice his potential and decided to pursue this career.

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I shared that with you, because from a young age, Watterson showed special, determined traits that would grow him into the person he is today. His passion for art and the deeper meanings in cartooning really relate to me and what I believe comics really are. He was curious, took initiative, and had cared more about his art then his social life, and I feel like while doing him as my eminent, I’ll learn more about myself and how much closer in personality we really are. Just simply learning about him as a person, I know I’ll figure out a different perspective on cartooning, merchandising, and generally how to look at things in a diverse, new way that not many others would view. I don’t see myself following a similar path economically, however I do feel as if I’ll know what I want to do in life as soon as finishing this project, simply because of the energy and determination Watterson sends. He may be difficult to interview, considering that after creating “Calvin and Hobbes,” he left the cartooning/newspaper business and traveled into a cabin in the wilderness with his father, creating art and leaving the community in general. I’m going to continue and attempt to get a hold of family members, or friends, or the newspaper company, but that may be difficult to do, considering the time periods these events occurred.

                In general, Bill Watterson and I are not very different. In the time period of his life, there were no real struggles he had to face that depended on his ethnicity, gender, and more. We are both extremely alike, considering that we enjoy art, feel like there are deeper meanings to things people consider “negative,” and both socially awkward or somewhat outcasts.

Bill Watterson Kevin Gong
Identifies as male Identifies as male
American Chinese-Canadian
Middle-Class Middle-Class
Socially Awkward Socially Awkward
Supportive Parents Supportive Parents

                I wish to learn more about my passions, concerns, and figure out what I want to do when grown up, but using Bill’s “Happiness is more important” thought process while doing so. Stated previously, after ending the comic strip, he then lived in a cabin in the wilderness to get away from civilization. With a mindset like this, there’s no telling what I could be able to accomplish. Just my IEP? Pft. Time to think bigger.

“Dad Is Dying”

I, much like anyone else, enjoys a happy ending. Everyone in the story is in the place they should be, doing or being something better for themselves as a person, although, in hindsight it’s the journey that matters more. The events or accomplishments occurred really represent whether you did the right thing and influenced events in a positive way, or there were more negative effects on people and setting than there should’ve been. In my opinion, Sam’s the lies do outweigh the outcome. ALTHOUGH, I do not feel as if it wasn’t worth it. I’m sure soon enough his lies will stab him in the back, but in the long run, I feel as if everyone will understand eventually. During the aftermath of Sam’s lies about his dad dying, no one truly got injured or harmed, and all humans make mistakes, that’s how we learn. His parents were relaxed and enjoying themselves, finally getting along with all the neighbours, his dog was still alive, in the future none of the lies will really matter. It was a mistake that I’m sure will never happen again, and effected plenty of people’s lives in a positive way. There were no long term effects, no harm done, no rules/laws were broken, therefore no legitimate reason to do anything but move on with life. Lies are not only negative, but can also help you achieve happiness for not only yourself, but everyone involved.