I worry constantly about dating myself in these blog posts. I’m fully aware that I have less than 2 years of my 20’s left, while most of my readership has significantly more than that. So I hope I don’t make too many references that are meaningless to you guys.
That being said, I can recommend Calvin & Hobbes without reservation to every generation. I was lucky enough to be able to read it while it was being published in newspapers. I also got to see it come to an end, and see just how boring every other comic strip afterwards seemed in comparison. I guess it’s appropriate that newspaper comics have fizzled and died steadily since C&H ended in the mid-90s. So much of what its writer/artist Bill Watterson did helped break away from stuffy newspaper formatting. Most cartoonists these days are web-only, so they can have ambitious designs like xkcd‘s infographics or Homestuck‘s interactive and animated strips.
Anyways, in 1990, at the height of C&H‘s popularity, Watterson delivered the commencement speech at his alma mater, Kenyon University. It was an excellent speech on the variable definitions of success, lauding people who seek happiness and fulfillment in their work, even if that means turning down more profitable opportunities.
Recently, the artist at Zen Pencils got hold of this speech. Zen Pencils illustrates inspirational quotes from people like Einstein, Buddha, andThoreau as beautiful prints, wallpapers, iPhone covers, etc. The artist rendered a large section of Watterson’s speech in cartoon form, and the results are really a must read for any college student, particularly those about to graduate or those with ambitions, creative or otherwise, that aren’t directly linked to profit.
In keeping with Watterson’s merchandise ban on Calvin & Hobbes, Zen Pencils isn’t selling this print, just letting the cartoon form speak for itself.