I found (and find) such unexpected inspiration in the comic strip Calvin & Hobbes by Bill Watterson. He drew his strip from 1985 until a somewhat abrupt retirement in 1995, leaving his fans with a wealth of poignant, well-drawn, astute observations on life from the point of view of a six year old boy and his tiger friend. I still think fondly of this comic strip when I remind myself that imagination is limitless and the boxes I may put my art in may be themselves merely my imagination.
Tonight I saw a lovely documentary exploring the impact of Calvin and Hobbes on fans and artists and publishers and more. Dear Mr. Watterson, while rather bittersweet in its assessment of the state of comics today, is a wonderful exploration of a brilliant phenomenon that has left folks wanting more. I'm so happy I saw this!