…as of 4/22/2014

Greetings everyone.  I’ve been getting your emails, and I will respond as soon as I have time.  I have a lot of responsibilities that come before working on this project these days… but I try to get back to people asap.  It helps ME if you tell me if your request is URGENT, like say… because you have a birthday coming up.  Now… I DO plan to produce more works down the road… but it’ll have to wait until my immediate concerns have been rectified.

One factor that has been keeping me from working on this project has been the lack of a computer.  Several months ago my computer died, and I simply can’t afford to replace it… I wish I could, but I don’t have a lot of money.  Another factor was letting things “cool down” after being warned of possible copyright issues with the publisher, and tumblr… however this issue has mostly evaporated, after a number of very well written articles surfaced on the web showing the legality of my work, and that it falls under “fan art” and isn’t intended to turn a profit, or legitimize Watterson’s ORIGINAL works.  ie, i’m not trying to plagiarize and take credit… I mean, who would?

Keep those emails coming, and please make use of that subject line to let me know your urgent needs.

Thanks!  Hope you have a awesome spring/summer!

- Nite4awk

Please don’t forget to check out the “Dear Mr. Watterson” documentary (see more on that here: http://www.dearmrwatterson.com/ )
If you live in or around Cleveland OH, or in Madison WI, the documentary will be showing at the Cleveland International Film Festival on April 9th, 10th, and 11th, and again at the Wisconsin Film Festival April 14th and 15th.  For more info check out their site.

Please don’t forget to check out the “Dear Mr. Watterson” documentary (see more on that here: http://www.dearmrwatterson.com/ )

If you live in or around Cleveland OH, or in Madison WI, the documentary will be showing at the Cleveland International Film Festival on April 9th, 10th, and 11th, and again at the Wisconsin Film Festival April 14th and 15th.  For more info check out their site.

Quick update:

First off, thank you for all the great emails.  I really appreciate all the feedback, support, etc.

I’m still available for commissioned work.  Do you like the work I did with Calvin and Hobbes, and want something similar made?  Don’t be afraid to contact me via email realcalvinandhobbes@gmail.com

I look forward to hearing from you, and please, don’t hesitate to email me, and please feel free to ask me anything.

A matter of principle:

Hi folks.  I want to really quickly address and clarify something a lot of people have been pointing to when they comment about the copyright claim, and speculate what caused it.

It had literally nothing at all to do with the donation link.  ALL copyright claims filed by Andrews McMeel Universal regarding Bill Wattersons work have mostly to do with format, not money. …and I quote:

We’re [Andrews McMeel Universal] protective of the copyright for a variety of reasons, most importantly it is the express and unwavering wish of the creator that any use of Calvin and Hobbes was limited to work he’d created and in very specific formats.”

Furthermore, in my email correspondence with AMU, and their lawyers, I was told quite clearly, and I quote:

"It’s not a matter of money with Mr. Watterson but a matter of principle."

Trust me when I tell you, if it WAS a matter of money, or donations, I would have recieved specific comment from AMU, or it’s legal team regarding that very quandary.

I feel the need to make this clear to those viewing this blog, because I see a lot of comments from people saying they aren’t surprised because I accept donations.  I think it’s clear to both myself, and the news blogs (techdirt / mashable) that this had nothing at all to do with money, or donations.

Thanks everyone!  And thank you for all your great emails.  Please continue to feel free to contact me.

- Michael Den Beste