This year's April Fools parade included the usual people who don't understand that hilarious, interesting pranking is an art, and they ain't Art. The "trailer" for the Dark Souls 3 movie, for example, undermined itself by presenting itself in VHS quality and with very 80's elements in the trailer. Kind of tough to get lost in the fantasy of that one. Some just go for the funny, like CD Projekt Red making a "we meant to do that" documentary about Roach and his glitches in The Witcher 3 or Square/Enix with its chocobo ride sharing program.
And then, we got to that one prank. The one that brings the pain.
You have to keep in mind that, with the possible exception of Peter David, Berkeley Breathed had the greatest influence on me as a creator. Peanuts in general and Snoopy in particular were my first reading love, but Bloom County defined it. It laid dormant in me for years until I did Stress Puppy, when it came roaring back like no time had passed. Although Breathed has retired Opus three times so far, he just can't keep away from the character that is his prism to reality and the other characters who are the cogs in the machine of insanity that is our modern world. He does new strips and posts them on his Facebook page, the characters never really gone.
Yesterday, Breathed posted, "March 11 -- A big day for C&H fans: Bill Watterson and myself in Tuscany signing the franchise over to my "administration." Watterson's in great shape -- he's out of the Arizona facility, continent and looking forward to some well-earned financial security. You rock, Bill. --bb" And then, he posted this new Calvin And Hobbes strip:
Unfortunately, the characters behave EXACTLY like Calvin and Hobbes would behave in this situation. If there is anybody who could channel the childlike abilities of wonder and narcissim for Calvin and the wry observer of Hobbes, it would be Breathed.
I knew it was a joke. I didn't fall for it. Bill Watterson is too attached to his creations, he would just revive them himself. But...damn, this would have been incredible.
Well played, Mister Breathed. As always, my hat is off to you.