Two interpretations on being an artist

Last week Gavin Aung Than paraphrased some advice from Bill Watterson.  The beginning of the strip appears below.  The strip has made the rounds of Facebook and other social media networks.  In case you missed it, I’ve copied a few panels below.


To invent your own life’s meaning is not easy but it’s still allowed and I think you’ll be happier for the trouble.
– Bill Watterson

A few days later, David Willis posted a response of sorts on his comic strip, Shortpacked.


Art for for art’s sake is nice, but art for art supplies’ sake is better.  Speaking of which, have you checked out our shop?

Keep it funny!

  • Chug

    Not that David Willis would *ever* overreact or deliberately misinterpret things for his own amusement/self-righteous indignation…
    but I’m pretty sure Waterson’s point is that you shouldn’t let yourself be forced into a life you hate because everyone says that’s what you’re supposed to do, or let the world define your worth based on how much money you make or the title in front of your name. Money is great, I certainly enjoy it, and if you love your job, wonderful! (I actually really like mine.) But it’s not all you are, and if you see another path as better for you, do it, and don’t let the world tell you that you’re somehow wasting your life because you’re not living it according to their terms.