Friday, June 13, 2008

Stinky booger brains

I'm a late convert to Wiley Miller's Non Sequitur, but then Wiley was something of a late-bloomer, a former editorial cartoonist who originally styled Non Sequitur after Far Side, then in the late 90's apparently realized he could do whatever he wanted provided he played in the sandbox he was given, unlike the always disgruntled Calvin and Hobbes creator, Bill Watterson, who closed up shop in 1995 - a sad moment in comics page history that broke many hearts & was when I stopped buying the Star-Ledger every day. Now Calvin and Hobbes belongs to a different time, the pre-internet age. Calvin had no interest in video games or doing homework (although he loved TV cartoon shows), his parents were book readers, probably didn't even subscribe to cable, so I wonder how he would have responded to a first grade computer lab & a PC on his mom's desk. Wiley's children, gothgirl Danae & quietly brainy Kate, reside in coastal Maine & produce their dad's no-budget webcast with just a laptop & a cam.

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