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.
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.
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|
|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.