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Rare Interview With Bill Watterson

Bill Watterson

Calvin and Hobbes, along with Jim Davis’ Garfield are hands-down the most perennially popular books in my library. The famously private and staunchly independent Bill Watterson ceased the creation of the comic strip in 1995 after a 10-year syndication.

“If I had rolled along with the strip’s popularity and repeated myself for another five, 10 or 20 years, the people now ‘grieving’ for ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ would be wishing me dead and cursing newspapers for running tedious, ancient strips like mine instead of acquiring fresher, livelier talent. And I’d be agreeing with them.” ~ Biography.com

In a rare interview with Mental Floss for their upcoming December 2013 issue, Watterson discusses some of the issues involved with protecting his work from exploitation.

Years ago, you hadn’t quite dismissed the notion of animating the strip. Are you a fan of Pixar? Does their competency ever make the idea of animating your creations more palatable?
The visual sophistication of Pixar blows me away, but I have zero interest in animating Calvin and Hobbes. If you’ve ever compared a film to a novel it’s based on, you know the novel gets bludgeoned. It’s inevitable, because different media have different strengths and needs, and when you make a movie, the movie’s needs get served. As a comic strip, Calvin and Hobbes works exactly the way I intended it to. There’s no upside for me in adapting it.” ~ Read the rest at Mental Floss

Calvin and Hobbes at Go Comics
More Bill Watterson in this blog here and here

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A Difficult-to-Satisfy Library Request

Calvin & Hobbes by Bill Watterson

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The Wisdom of Calvin and Hobbes

I can think of few books in my library that have had been as perennially popular as Bill Watterson‘s Calvin and Hobbes series. The principled and reclusive Watterson, who, since 1995 has gone on to other things, has the enviable gift of being able to combine sheer visual delight and entertainment with pithy observances like, “Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us”. Edd McCracken has gathered Sixteen Things Calvin and Hobbes Said Better Than Anyone Else for our enjoyment.

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My hero: Bill Watterson
Calvin and Hobbes Facts

You also might want to check out Digital Calvin and Hobbes and let me know what you think of this site in the comments.

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