Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson has a been a notorious recluse for 16 years or so; however, he has broken his visual silence for a pretty worthy cause, Michael Cavna reports. Watterson has donated a painting — yes, a painting — of Richard Thompson’s Petey character from Cul-de-Sac to a Parkinson’s disease benefit. (Thompson suffers from that illness.)
“Let’s just say I got a package from a William Watterson in Cleveland Heights, Ohio,” says Andrew McMeel’s Caty Neis, who is helping lead the Team Cul de Sac effort. “I have been carrying it around and showing everyone. I didn’t get my hopes up that [Watterson] would contribute. …
“Just the fact that this is first art that we have seen from him in 16 years is just so exciting, and what a great cause.”
Team Cul de Sac — which works with Team Fox of the Michael J. Fox Foundation — is the brainchild of North Carolina-based web and print designer Chris Sparks. The project hopes to raise $250,000 for Parkinson’s research through such efforts as a Andres McMeel-published book of “Cul de Sac” art drawn by dozens of Thompson’s colleagues, including Watterson.
Since ending Calvin and Hobbes in 1995, Watterson has pursued painting, although he is rumored to burn his canvases after painting them. Luckily, this one made it through.
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