February 3, 2010

Calvin and Hobbes: 15 Years Later

Without a doubt, 'Calvin and Hobbes' is my favorite comic strip of all time; and I was amazed to discover that it's been fifteen years since the creator, Bill Watterson, stopped drawing it. At the time, I was amazed that he would stop because he was truly at the peak of his powers. 'Calvin and Hobbes' existed for ten years, and the quality never wavered, but Watterson felt he had said all he had to say and simply walked away from it all. It's impossible to criticize a man for not milking his property, and instead opting to go out on top; but at the time, it was hard to see it that way. Watterson is essentially the John Hughes of comic strips. One day he simply decided he had done all he wanted to do and he just switched it all off never to be heard from again. Watterson retreated from the spotlight, never worked another strip and declined all offers to merchandise his creation as well as shunning the press; who made multiple attempts to contact him over the years. Perhaps because of the fifteen year anniversary of his "retirement" Watterson has broken that silence and has finally agreed to talk about his creation and his choice to walk away from it. The creator, who recently moved to Cleveland of all places, granted an interview to the local paper, The Plain Dealer.
Check out the interview here. At the end, there's a link to another article about Watterson.

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