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'Calvin and Hobbes' creator emerges from retirement to guest-draw on syndicated strip

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Nearly two decades since he penned his last "Calvin and Hobbes" comic strip, reclusive cartoonist Bill Watterson emerged this week, on a syndicated-strip collaboration, Time reports.

Stephen Pastis, a syndicated cartoonist ("Pearls Before Swine") sent Watterson a strip dedicated to "Calvin and Hobbes," thanking the iconic cartoonist for his unknowing influence. To Pastis' surprise, Watterson wrote back, asking if Pastis would be interested in a collaboration.

The resulting comic strips appeared this week, and Pastis shares the full story — along with links to the cartoons — in a blog post.