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Calvin and Hobbes creator speaks

Reclusive cartoonist gives his first interview in over 20 years


Bill Watterson, the creator of Calvin and Hobbes, ended the strip in 1994 and went into seclusion, becoming America’s most famous recluse since the late J.D. Salinger. But while Watterson still isn’t planning to un-retire, he has finally granted an interview, his first since 1989. Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter John Campanelli somehow managed to get Watterson to answer a few questions via e-mail on such issues as his decision to cancel the strip after doing it for only a decade: “By the end of 10 years,” he says, “I’d said pretty much everything I had come there to say,” and he thinks the strip is more beloved now because “I chose not to run the wheels off it.” He says that fan attention has eased off and that most are now willing to let him “go about my quiet life and do my best to ignore the rest.” He did not comment on whether Spaceman Spiff could beat Stupendous Man, but maybe he’ll deal with that when he gives his next interview 20 years from now.

Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Calvin and Hobbes creator speaks

  1. Calvin & Hobbes has my vote as the greatest comic strip of all time!

    • It's right up there…Bloom county is pretty darn good too.

    • That'll have the Cathy Fan Club very disappointed.

  2. My 9 year old is discovering the delights of the old classic. It's making the rounds at his school.
    Epic humor.
    Snowmen will never be the same.