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(Cleveland Plain Dealer)   Bill Watterson reflects on "Calvin & Hobbes" with local newspaper reporter in his first interview since 1989   (cleveland.com) divider line 630
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2010-02-01 07:56:48 AM
Wow, that picture of him does look so much like the dad.
 
2010-02-01 08:19:21 AM
No article for me :(
 
2010-02-01 08:19:45 AM
This link isn't showing up for me. It loads but doesn't lead to the interview.
 
2010-02-01 08:22:01 AM
shivashakti: This link isn't showing up for me. It loads but doesn't lead to the interview.

This.
 
2010-02-01 08:25:15 AM
Link was fine an hour ago, now it's farked?
 
2010-02-01 08:33:17 AM
The blank page is ment to make you create your own mental image.
 
2010-02-01 08:34:43 AM
what do you expect from cleveland????
 
2010-02-01 08:36:21 AM
This seems to work. (new window)
 
2010-02-01 08:38:16 AM
benlonghair: This seems to work. (new window)

Well, maybe not, it's not an interview.
 
2010-02-01 08:40:13 AM
Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson was a Sun Newspaper editorial cartoonist

Not the interview but this shows some of Watterson's editorial cartoons from when he worked for the Sun.
 
2010-02-01 08:40:23 AM
A badly done tease goes green.

Nothing of value was gained.
 
2010-02-01 08:47:39 AM
Watterson is still God.

So say we all.
 
2010-02-01 08:53:22 AM
This link worked fine when I read it at 7:30. Too short but he still sounds funny. And he's right, we'd all hate him if he still was writing it today. Look at Berke Breathed.
 
2010-02-01 08:57:07 AM
 
2010-02-01 09:20:24 AM
Confabulat: Here's an article about the article that's gone missing (new window)

FTisA
"Of the supposed "rock star" connection with comics fans, Watterson jokes: "Ah, the life of a newspaper cartoonist -- how I miss the groupies, drugs and trashed hotel rooms!"

LOL
 
2010-02-01 09:30:53 AM
There is nothing about this mans work or how he has treated it that has been anything less than perfect.

I sincerely doubt anything will even come close to C&H in terms of comics or possibly children's entertainment in my lifetime. All of my younger brothers, even those born long after he stopped writing, still love them.
 
2010-02-01 09:33:52 AM
Could someone explain why Calvin and Hobbes is gone while crap like Cathy and Garfield lives on?
 
2010-02-01 09:37:41 AM
eddyatwork: Could someone explain why Calvin and Hobbes is gone while crap like Cathy and Garfield lives on?

Same reason Jay Leno is back on the Tonight Show and the Republicans have voters: old people don't like change.
 
2010-02-01 09:39:22 AM
eddyatwork: Could someone explain why Calvin and Hobbes is gone while crap like Cathy and Garfield lives on?

Because Watterson quit before it could morph into something tired and bad. He placed the integrity of the strip above his desire for money.
 
2010-02-01 09:39:29 AM
eddyatwork: Could someone explain why Calvin and Hobbes is gone while crap like Cathy and Garfield lives on?

Let Bill himself explain that to you:

"It's always better to leave the party early," Watterson says. "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.
 
2010-02-01 09:40:42 AM
I just want to read the interview. Is that so wrong?

WTH?!
 
2010-02-01 09:44:01 AM
eddyatwork: Could someone explain why Calvin and Hobbes is gone while crap like Cathy and Garfield lives on?

For the same basic reason that we no longer get Far Side. Because sometimes when you love something, the best thing is to let it go.
 
2010-02-01 09:47:13 AM
Babwa Wawa: Because Watterson quit before it could morph into something tired and bad. He placed the integrity of the strip above his desire for money.

I Said: "It's always better to leave the party early," Watterson says. "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.

Wow. How can anyone not respect that?

The guy could look at his own work and say "yep, I'm done, and I don't want this to turn into a steamy pile of sh*t over the next decade".
 
2010-02-01 10:04:56 AM
Rev.K: Babwa Wawa: Because Watterson quit before it could morph into something tired and bad. He placed the integrity of the strip above his desire for money.

I Said: "It's always better to leave the party early," Watterson says. "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.

Wow. How can anyone not respect that?

The guy could look at his own work and say "yep, I'm done, and I don't want this to turn into a steamy pile of sh*t over the next decade".


I know that he took a bit of a shot at Davis in that quote, but considering a number of papers still run Peanuts, is he taking a shot at the Schultz estate, too?
 
2010-02-01 10:27:02 AM
 
2010-02-01 10:27:55 AM
I don't think he is taking any shots. He just knew it was time for him to move on. Respectable indeed.
 
2010-02-01 10:28:06 AM
I Said: eddyatwork: Could someone explain why Calvin and Hobbes is gone while crap like Cathy and Garfield lives on?

Let Bill himself explain that to you:

"It's always better to leave the party early," Watterson says. "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.


He's right, but it doesn't make it any easier, it's tough love.

C&H is one of the few things that Fark universally loves.
 
2010-02-01 10:28:08 AM
I Said: eddyatwork: Could someone explain why Calvin and Hobbes is gone while crap like Cathy and Garfield lives on?

Let Bill himself explain that to you:

"It's always better to leave the party early," Watterson says. "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.


The problem is that there is no "fresher, livelier talent". All the new stuff is pure shiate.

/git off my lawn
 
2010-02-01 10:29:27 AM
UNC_Samurai: I know that he took a bit of a shot at Davis in that quote, but considering a number of papers still run Peanuts, is he taking a shot at the Schultz estate, too?

Well, those are all reruns, not original strips made by group of people instead of the original artist. I could be wrong, but I don't think Schultz had a whole team of people doing the strip for him while it was still being made like Jim Davis does.
 
2010-02-01 10:29:47 AM
"Calvin and Hobbes" and "Raising Arizona" were my baby raising manuals. My son is now in college and doing just find.

//Want Choco-Fruity Sugar Bombs for breakfast
 
2010-02-01 10:29:49 AM
Rev.K: Babwa Wawa: Because Watterson quit before it could morph into something tired and bad. He placed the integrity of the strip above his desire for money.

I Said: "It's always better to leave the party early," Watterson says. "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.

Wow. How can anyone not respect that?

The guy could look at his own work and say "yep, I'm done, and I don't want this to turn into a steamy pile of sh*t over the next decade".


Yeah, especially because he would have gotten paid very well had he turned it into a steaming pile of shiat.
 
2010-02-01 10:29:51 AM
I kind of think that Cow and boy is sort of a rip off but is far to crazy to really have any depth to it.
 
2010-02-01 10:30:26 AM
jehovahs witness protection: The blank page is ment to make you create your own mental image.

I fabricate what you did there.
 
2010-02-01 10:31:12 AM
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2010-02-01 10:31:44 AM
What a selfish asshole. And that goes for you too, Gary Larson.
 
2010-02-01 10:31:56 AM
FTA
How do you want people to remember that 6-year-old and his tiger?
I vote for "Calvin and Hobbes, Eighth Wonder of the World.

I second that.
 
2010-02-01 10:32:37 AM
eddyatwork: Could someone explain why Calvin and Hobbes is gone while crap like Cathy and Garfield lives on?

Watterson made enough money from his robot insurance endorsements to quit the funny papers business.
 
2010-02-01 10:32:53 AM
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2010-02-01 10:33:33 AM
eddyatwork: Could someone explain why Calvin and Hobbes is gone while crap like Cathy and Garfield lives on?

LOL. If I had to name zombified comics that have continued on well past their expiration date, those 2 would be at the top of my list...

/ "Cathy" was never funny, IMHO.
 
2010-02-01 10:33:36 AM
dryknife: What a selfish asshole. And that goes for you too, Gary Larson.

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2010-02-01 10:33:53 AM
ms_lara_croft:

//Want Choco-Fruity Sugar Bombs for breakfast


"Interesting. I can hear your heart racing from here."

/so not obscure
 
2010-02-01 10:34:20 AM
This (new window) appears to be the actual interview
 
2010-02-01 10:34:48 AM
I miss Calvin and Hobbes. It was my favorite comic strip when I was a kid. I still break out my collector's set of books every now and again when I want to re-experience my childhood a bit.

/not the bad times
//stop touching me
 
2010-02-01 10:34:52 AM
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2010-02-01 10:34:58 AM
How soon after the U.S. Postal Service issues the Calvin stamp will you send a letter with one on the envelope?

Immediately. I'm going to get in my horse and buggy and snail-mail a check for my newspaper subscription.


Ha!
 
2010-02-01 10:36:06 AM
Thisbymaster: I kind of think that Cow and boy is sort of a rip off but is far to crazy to really have any depth to it.

I am a big fan of Lio because it is meant to be absurd (in a good way).

/owns every C&H book
 
2010-02-01 10:36:23 AM
Did he take 5 minutes to explain to people who own the Chevy/Ford stickers how farking stupid they are?
 
2010-02-01 10:36:26 AM
Aarontology: UNC_Samurai: I know that he took a bit of a shot at Davis in that quote, but considering a number of papers still run Peanuts, is he taking a shot at the Schultz estate, too?

Well, those are all reruns, not original strips made by group of people instead of the original artist. I could be wrong, but I don't think Schultz had a whole team of people doing the strip for him while it was still being made like Jim Davis does.


Schulz was responsible for every drop of ink in every panel of every Peanuts strip for its entire fifty-or-so year run. He was one of Watterson's biggest influences, according to Watterson himself.

The funny thing is what different paths they ending up choosing in regards to merchandising. Snoopy sells root beer and life insurance (always thought it was strange that a comic basically built on the neurotic insecurities of one man could have such universal marketing potential). But Watterson would die before he'd let Calvin & Hobbes sell a product. Both strips were great, perfect, in their own way, but Watterson definitely took the right stand there, methinks.
 
2010-02-01 10:36:26 AM
... the six-year-old Calvin and the stuffed tiger Hobbes who cam eto life in his imagination.

Not quite, but close enough. Watterson made it very clear that this was NOT the case, but that there really isn't an explanation and he goes out of his way to not probe Hobbes reality. Hobbes is neither a product of Calvin's imagination, nor a doll that comes to life. His quote was something like "Calvin sees Hobbes one way, and everyone else sees it another way."
 
Ant
2010-02-01 10:36:35 AM
eddyatwork: Could someone explain why Calvin and Hobbes is gone while crap like Cathy and Garfield lives on?

I've known people who like Garfield, but who the fark actually enjoys Cathy?
 
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