(courtesy of STEPHAN PASTIS / distributed by Universal Uclick.)


IT MADE INTERNATIONAL headlines when Bill Watterson returned to the comics page this month for the first time in nearly two decades.

Now, an August date has been set for those widely viewed strips to go up for auction.

Watterson, who ended his beloved “Calvin and Hobbes” comic in December of 1995, anonymously drew several panels of art in Stephan Pastis’s “Pearls Before Swine” during the first week of June. “I thought maybe Stephan and I could do this goofy collaboration and then use the result to raise some money for Parkinson’s research in honor of Richard Thompson,” Watterson told me at the time. “It just seemed like a perfect convergence.”

Thompson, a longtime Washington Post artist who lives in Arlington, Va.,ended his Reuben Award-winning syndicated strip “Cul de Sac” in 2012 as he underwent therapy and surgery to treat his Parkinson’s; Watterson is an enormous fan of Thompson’s, and the two now have a dual exhibit at Ohio State University’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum in Columbus.

The comic art from the once-reclusive cartoonist’s three-day teaming with Pastis will go on sale Aug. 8 at Dallas-based Heritage Auctions, Team Cul de Sac — the charity co-founded by Thompson — announces this afternoon.

Proceeds will benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.