Watterson stopped drawing Calvin and Hobbes at the end of 1995 with a short statement to newspaper editors and his readers that he felt he had achieved all he could in the medium. His parents encouraged him in his artistic pursuits.
Watterson is known for his negative views on licensing and comic syndication, his efforts to expand and elevate the newspaper comic as an art-form, and his move back into private life after he stopped drawing Calvin and Hobbes. Later, they recalled him as a "conservative child" — imaginative, but "not in a fantasy way", and certainly nothing like the character of Calvin that he later created.
First, let me tell you what you already know: start the essay early. I don’t have to tell you what’s at stake, because you already know that too.
Ask people you trust (parents, teachers, friends) for feedback.
Write what you know, no matter how humble or unspectacular-seeming.
You may find in so doing that the qualities you’re seeking to communicate in the essay (persistence, creativity, talent, passion, humor, kindness, curiosity) will announce themselves without fanfare between the lines. It may seem like it has nothing to do with college essays, but bear with me. When I was nine, my parents packed the sum of our belongings (the ones that hadn’t been sold or given away) into four suitcases and joined the exodus of Russian Jews fleeing the Soviet Union in the late 1970s for the promise of a better life in the United States.
Once you find your topic, throw yourself into it headfirst, with total and complete abandon. If it fizzles out, try another approach, and repeat. After all, as Douglas Adams so aptly put it in Irena Smith is an independent college consultant who spent four years reading thousands of applications at the Stanford Office of Undergraduate Admission. weekly, and Literary Mama: Reading for the Maternally Inclined.
William Boyd Watterson II (born July 5, 1958) is an American former cartoonist and the author of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, which was syndicated from 1985 to 1995. The suburban Midwestern United States setting of Ohio was part of the inspiration for Calvin and Hobbes. This continued through his school years, On one occasion when he was in fourth grade, he wrote a letter to Charles Schulz, who responded — to Watterson's surprise — making a big impression on him at the time.
But once you take a deep breath and commit and start falling backwards, there’s also the incredible exhilaration of doing something mind-bogglingly awesome, a feeling that can best be described as “I’m doing it! ” In case you’re not quite ready to fall over backwards (metaphorically or literally), consider easing into the brainstorming and writing process.
Write five, or six, or ten sentences starting, as my story does, with something straightforward like “When I was [insert your age here]... Or explain to the reader how to do something in which you are an expert, and how you got to be an expert in that something: doing the death drop, striking a set, programming a robot, improvising a killer closing argument in Mock Trial, writing an i Phone app, making your own reeds for oboe, training a horse, doing the hocus pocus in soccer, making a pie crust, surfing, annoying your older sibling.