Legend has it that when Steven Spielberg called Bill Watterson to see if he wanted to make a movie,
Bill wouldn’t even take the call.
PEARLS BEFORE SWINE creator, Stephan Pastis, wanted to meet with the man.
He reached out. Nothing.
So he penciled a strip where he won over a lady fair by claiming to draw CALVIN & HOBBES!
He emailed Bill the strip.
(I'm impressed old Stephen had his email address!)
Bill wrote back!
Bill had a comic strip idea he wanted to run by Stephen!
Bill said he knew that in Stephen's strip, he frequently make fun of his own art skills.
And that Bill thought it would be funny to have poor Stephen get hit on the head or something and suddenly be able to draw.
Then he’d step in and draw his comic strip for a few days!
AND THEN, STEPHEN SAID HE HAD
Bill was kind enough to go with it and the 3 strips can be found HERE, HERE, and HERE.
BUT IF BILL WATTERSON WANTED TO DO 3 SPECIFIC ILLUSTRATIONS FOR YOUR BOOK,
WOULD YOU INSTEAD SUGGEST ANOTHER IDEA?
WOULD YOU INSTEAD ASK HIM TO WRITE SOMETHING ELSE FOR YOU?
I think what Stephen Pastis did and what Bill Watterson did in response says worlds of them both.
Or would you just gratefully grab the opportunity to work with a giant?