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In Conclusion...

death is cuteIt seemed like such a simple, elegant idea.

In a vision I imagined Calvin as an old man, having just gasped his last breath. But suddenly a smiling Hobbes is there, acting as his guide as part of a whole new adventure. Together they go "exploring" one last time.

Kinda gets ya right here, doesn't it?

Then I had to draw the damn thing and make some sense of it in the process.

First I had to contrive a manner of Calvin's death that didn't involve drug abuse, power tools or dismemberment, which you and I both know is inevitable.

Then I had to introduce Hobbes as not only the Angel of Death but also as an acquaintance of Calvin's without actually showing him or letting you actually know it's him until the third act.

I also had to tell the story in just three pages, even though it deserved more, for no other reason than I couldn't contrive enough ways to have Hobbes in the story without showing him.

Then I drew the last panel, today's comic, and damn if it probably couldn't  have stood on it's own, even if it was a little terse and a whole lot obtuse. I'll consider it a lesson learned.

BTW, my apologies to Bill Watterson. Please don't sue me.

This was fun but I can't wait to get back to more progressive yuks. In fact, I wonder what Michael Steele is up to these past few days.

He said what? Really? Dang.


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Raging Pencils salutes the Mystery Readers of
Didsbury, Alberta
Whoever you are, thanks for reading my capacious little 'toon.

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A blast from the symmetric past. The RP from 6-18-08.

R.I.P. Stan Winston

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