Bill Watterson, creator of the beloved "Calvin and Hobbes," returned to comics this week.
This is not a drill. The author and artist of a generation's laughs and philosophical insights, delivered by a mischievous boy and his tiger, drew and co-wrote three strips of Stephan Pastis' acclaimed "Pearls Before Swine" comic.
Pastis confirmed the collaboration Saturday on his blog.
It all started with a joke in Pastis' strip about pretending to be Watterson to get laid. Pastis e-mailed the strip to Watterson, thanking him for his great work and influence, not expecting any response from the man who retired from the funny pages in 1995."Bill Watterson is the Bigfoot of cartooning," as Pastis puts it on his blog. "He is legendary. He is reclusive. And like Bigfoot, there is really only one photo of him in existence. Few in the cartooning world have ever spoken to him. Even fewer have ever met him."