Wendel on the Web is WKYC reporter/producer Kim Wendel's "take" and commentary on the news of the day

7 12 LINKEDINCOMMENTMORE

According to the Associated Press, artwork from "Calvin and Hobbes" creator Bill Watterson's three-day return to comics has brought more than $74,000 at auction to benefit Parkinson's research.

Wow. Just wow.

Proceeds will go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

"Calvin and Hobbes" ended in 1995 but lives on in our hearts.

Dallas-based Heritage Auctions says the three comic strips sold Friday for a combined $74,040 to three collectors, all of whom wish to remain anonymous.

Oddly, Heritage had expected the strips to sell for more than $30,000 combined. Guess they didn't realize the pull and sentiment that Calvin and Hobbes evokes in all of us, not just of those who live in Chagrin Falls, where Watterson grew up.

At one point, he and his wife lived across the street from me.

In June, Watterson collaborated with "Pearls Before Swine" cartoonist Stephan Pastis after a long absence from the comics.

The artwork was sold on behalf of Team Cul de Sac, a charity established in honor of cartoonist Richard Thompson, who has Parkinson's.

You certainly don't have to be from Northeast Ohio to love Calvin and Hobbes.

The strip ran from November 18, 1985, to December 31, 1995. It follows the humorous antics of Calvin, a precocious, mischievous, and adventurous six-year-old boy, and Hobbes, his sardonic stuffed tiger.

The names? The pair is named after John Calvin, a 16th-century French Reformation theologian, and Thomas Hobbes, a 17th-century English political philosopher.

At the height of its popularity, Calvin and Hobbes was featured in over 2,400 newspapers worldwide. Cavin and Hobbes is set in the contemporary United States in an unspecified suburban area but everyone around Chagrin Falls knows it's set here.

The strip depicts Calvin's flights of fantasy and his friendship with Hobbes, and also examines Calvin's relationships with family and classmates.

Follow WKYC's Kim Wendel on Twitter @KimWendel

7 12 LINKEDINCOMMENTMORE
Read or Share this story: http://on.wkyc.com/1okkL81