Sechs !Happy Fun Mod
Thu, Oct 17 2013, 03:58 PM EDT
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But if he's content to do it for himself, why the fight to bring his art to the masses untouched and unspoiled before? If sharing his work unfiltered and uncensored was so important then, why does just doodling with paint suit him now? What changed?
Honestly if I had to venture a reason, I think it's that there were no more battles to fight. He'd "beaten the syndicates into submission" (IE made them realize they still made money on him even if they caved to his demands), so they weren't fighting him at every turn. His strip was near-universally beloved, there was no one picketing the newspapers trying to call Calvin a bad influence. There was no more battle to be waged, no righteous fight to fight, nothing he could do to say "Look at me, I'm clawing tooth and nail for art!" because he wasn't. He'd won. He'd gotten everything he wanted. And then he realized that what he'd wanted was to fight. There was no fight left to getting what he wanted from comics, and there's certainly no fight against him in the art world, anyone he called up would be almost sure to say "Of course we'd love to display your work! How big do you want it, what sort of light, what order does it need to be in...?"
Honestly, lately whenever I think of Bill Watterson, I don't think of Calvin's dad... I think of Bob Hoskins in Michael. I imagine him saying the same thing Hoskins' character said to his employee/nemesis at the end, as Watterson hangs up the phone after another call of the syndicate "stooge" agreeing to everything he said:
"Who's gonna fight with me now?"