The days are wide open

Did you dream of being a comic book artist when you were a kid?  Do your kids have the same dream? The longer days from June on into the summer mean there is more time to do the things you love.  Maybe one of those things is picking up a pencil and drawing.

Comic strips and comic books are often seen as “low” art, but they are anything but.  Nowhere else do you see art, humor and pathos frozen in time, and distributed on a daily or weekly basis. Any artist who can capture all three certainly deserves the label “high,” not low.  And if it appeals to all walks of life, so much the better-  maybe everyone is getting the message.

Calvin and Hobbes


Maybe you were encouraged to lay down your drawing pencil (or musical instrument, or football, or journal, or Legos) because someone told you you could never make a living at it. Maybe you can’t,  but maybe you don’t need to.  Maybe the joy you can find in letting yourself work hard on something you love is enough.

As Bill Watterson, the creator of the daily comic strip Calvin and Hobbes(1985-1995, but still in syndication around the world today), said, “It’s surprising how hard we’ll work when the work is done just for ourselves.”

This goes for young and old. Summer’s coming, the days are longer-  so get to work on something you love.

If you like Calvin and Hobbes here is a video on how to draw the characters on paper:

And on the computer:

Both are done by fans of comics and of C and H, but not by Bill Watterson himself.


  • Low art: at with appeal to the masses.  The opposite of this is high art.
  • Pathos: emotion
  • Make a living: earn enough money to live

Who is your favorite comic strip or comic book character?

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