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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 10:37:06 AM
Fano: C&H is one of the few things that Fark universally loves.

Calvin and Hobbes sucked!

Kidding, obviously. I loved these things when I was a kid. He stopped when I was eleven years old, so my Calvin-like child's wonder at the world was fading at the exact time that the strip came to an end. I can go back and read the collections now and I have such a different appreciation for them, but I still love them. Just in a different way.

As far as current strips go, I always sort of thought of Frazz as being what Calvin would have been like as a twenty-something. Wiser for his experiences, but still spunky and individualist, passing on his knowledge to a new generation of inquisitive troublemakers. Do they even still do Frazz?
 
2010-02-01 10:37:24 AM
Oh, and VERY good use of the tag, submitter. ;)
 
2010-02-01 10:37:28 AM
Jordan and Favre could learn a thing or two from Watterson.
 
2010-02-01 10:37:30 AM
for those of you who clicked on the link

here's the article it actually links to

Link (new window)

nested articles on fark, fark
 
2010-02-01 10:37:58 AM
When someone has the integrity to create something and end it on their own terms without having to submit their project to the whim of others that is something that I can really appreciate.

Calvin & Hobbes served their purpose, and as much as I would have loved to read new strips I am content that it went the route that it did.
 
2010-02-01 10:38:18 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?

Damn right he is. Schultz and his estate started coasting in the mid-70s. It hasn't been relevant or interesting in my lifetime.
 
2010-02-01 10:38:28 AM
I always read C&H with a bit of wistfulness.
The kid lived in the same world we grew up in, full of freedom and imagination and innocence, and bereft of Amber Alerts, zero-tolerance rules and child psychologists.

...although maybe that last one might have helped me a bit...
 
2010-02-01 10:38:32 AM
Just about every Calvin strip online:
Here
 
2010-02-01 10:39:18 AM
i50.tinypic.com
 
2010-02-01 10:39:36 AM
badLogic: The problem is that there is no "fresher, livelier talent". All the new stuff is pure shiate.

"Frazz". "Lio". Those, together with "Zits" (which unlike them has already run itself into a rut), are the spiritual heirs of "Calvin and Hobbes", and are among the few newspaper strips I still read every day.
 
2010-02-01 10:40:27 AM
destitute college kid: 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).

Who better to sell life insurance than a neurotic man with his insecurities?
 
2010-02-01 10:41:29 AM
forbiddenplanet.co.uk


Too much dust in the office this morning.
 
2010-02-01 10:41:48 AM
So, linking to the actual interview was too much work for you, lazy submitard?
 
2010-02-01 10:42:03 AM
If someone posts that picture of Hobbes in the trashcan, I will weep like a little girl.
 
2010-02-01 10:42:46 AM
I have 6 or 7 C&H comic books - I pull one out every month or so and add it to the stack of 2 or three - the oldest goes back into the cabinet. Been reading them like this for, has to be 25 years now.

/40 yrs old now... get off my lawn or ill transmogrify your ass.
 
2010-02-01 10:42:58 AM
bottsicus: So, linking to the actual interview was too much work for you, lazy submitard?

Oh, shut up. It's not like it was that much effort for you either.
 
2010-02-01 10:43:28 AM
eddyatwork: Could someone explain why Calvin and Hobbes is gone while crap like Cathy and Garfield lives on?

Because Watterson quit before it turned into crap like Cathy and Garfield.
 
2010-02-01 10:43:28 AM
I understand that he wanted to go out on his own terms, but I have to say that I really miss the strip. Seems like we lost The Far Side, Bloom County and C & H all at once.

After seeing what happened to Bloom County w/ Outland and Opus and what's now happening with Foxtrot, I have to say I agree with his decision. Go out while you're on top!
 
2010-02-01 10:44:08 AM
Calvin and Hobbes, Krazy Kat, Pearls Before Swine, Get Fuzzy, and the Far Side are the best things to happen to the comics page. Ever
 
2010-02-01 10:44:22 AM
Bill Watterson kept my life sane and sense of humor intact throughout my childhood, despite many attempts by many to ruin it.

I grasped onto Calvin and never let go.

Bill Watterson's books have a permanent place on my bookshelf even today.
 
2010-02-01 10:44:24 AM
img704.imageshack.us

img704.imageshack.us

/BLASPHEMY
 
2010-02-01 10:44:33 AM
2wolves: Too much dust in the office this morning.

That pic was 24k Win.

Thanks.

Feeling better, now that I finally know what happened to those kids.

/there's some dust here, too
 
2010-02-01 10:44:52 AM
This is so weird. I have the box set, and I just started re-reading them yesterday.

Go, Spiff!
 
2010-02-01 10:45:01 AM
I have a question. Watterson chose not to merchandise Calvin and Hobbes, and he seems to get paid a lot of lip service for doing so.

My question: why is this seen as respectable? Had he chosen to allow Hobbes stuffed animals and Calvin t-shirts, would it have taken away from the quality of the strip?

While I was never the biggest Peanuts fan, it certainly wasn't because Snoopy sells life insurance.
 
2010-02-01 10:45:13 AM
2wolves: Too much dust in the office this morning.

2wolves > DirkTheDaring

/something in my eye
 
2010-02-01 10:45:17 AM
I remember Charles Schulz commenting that Watterson drew Calvin's feet like dinner rolls. It was a compliment, but I've never been able to look at those feet the same way.
 
2010-02-01 10:45:18 AM
Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink'
 
2010-02-01 10:45:33 AM
DirkTheDaring:
inflatusveritas.files.wordpress.com

/hot like my rage
//seriously, went through the trouble of opening your broken link
 
2010-02-01 10:45:49 AM
The simple reply: "I vote for 'Calvin and Hobbes, Eighth Wonder of the World .'

You've got it, Sir. And Many kind regards to you stopping while the comic was awesome and not ruining it. I wish a million other people had your integrity. I'm really sorry about that shirt I bought that had C&H on it when I was 13 and didn't know you didn't approve them.

[But I loved it and wore it until it fell apart.]

/kind of choked up
 
2010-02-01 10:45:56 AM
Apparently I never saw a picture of Watterson and realized that Calvin's dad was a self-portrait until just now...
 
2010-02-01 10:46:11 AM
the real reason Calvin & Hobbes is no more...

www.tshirthell.com
 
2010-02-01 10:46:26 AM
"This isn't as hard to understand as people try to make it. By the end of 10 years, I'd said pretty much everything I had come there to say,"

I would hazard to say that by the end he was treating the strip as a soapbox for what was wrong with society rather than the endearing and interesting adventures of a precocious 6-year-old. I'm glad he ended it when he did.
 
2010-02-01 10:47:16 AM
Even though you said everything you wanted to, you left a lot of us wanting more.

Excellent job, Mr. Watterson.
 
2010-02-01 10:47:48 AM
I quit reading the funnies some time ago, because I stopped getting the Sunday paper. I could read them online, I guess.

Anyway, FWIW, I liked Get Fuzzy, Pearls Before Swine, and Ziggy. Man, nothing could send me into fits of uproarious laughter like a good Ziggy!

/my story
//not so cool
 
2010-02-01 10:48:26 AM
It's been FIFTEEN years? Thanks for making me feel old, subby
 
2010-02-01 10:48:30 AM
Subby: his first interview since 1989

TFA: his first interview in a decade

Still partying like it's 1999, subs???

Your use of "spiffy" totally makes up for it, though

/spaceman spiff FTW

i24.photobucket.com
 
2010-02-01 10:49:10 AM
Great find and all, but I wish subby had just linked to the article instead of linking to the link for the article.

/quibble.
 
2010-02-01 10:49:25 AM
Ant: 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?


Women in this stupid men world who just managed to loose 5 pounds from their butt?

/ACK!
 
2010-02-01 10:49:44 AM
Kar98: eddyatwork: Could someone explain why Calvin and Hobbes is gone while crap like Cathy and Garfield lives on?

Because Watterson quit before it turned into crap like Cathy and Garfield.


Are you saying there was a time when Cathy wasn't crap?
 
2010-02-01 10:49:46 AM
Velveeta_Poindexter: have a question. Watterson chose not to merchandise Calvin and Hobbes, and he seems to get paid a lot of lip service for doing so.

My question: why is this seen as respectable? Had he chosen to allow Hobbes stuffed animals and Calvin t-shirts, would it have taken away from the quality of the strip?


in his eyes, it would. (see: Garfield) That said, I would've loved to own a Hobbes stuffed tiger.
 
2010-02-01 10:50:13 AM
tom servo bit me: As far as current strips go, I always sort of thought of Frazz as being what Calvin would have been like as a twenty-something. Wiser for his experiences, but still spunky and individualist, passing on his knowledge to a new generation of inquisitive troublemakers. Do they even still do Frazz?

Yeah, Frazz is going strong, and is actually decent more days than not.

Cow and Boy is too meta and relies too much on O LOOK AT THIS CRAZY THING IN THE 3RD PANEL HAHAHAHAHA most of the time to be entertaining. When Cow and Boy is on, it's really good, but that happens maybe once every month or so. Just enough to be frustrating when the firebreathing helicopter orca shows up for the 8th day in a row.

Calvin and Hobbes and The Far Side are still the kings of comics though. Far better than Peanuts or For Better or Worse, IMO. The only active comic that is as consistently good in terms of writing (although nowhere near as good in terms of art) is XKCD.
 
2010-02-01 10:50:25 AM
Velveeta_Poindexter: Had he chosen to allow Hobbes stuffed animals and Calvin t-shirts, would it have taken away from the quality of the strip?

He chose to let "Calvin and Hobbes" be only a strip. Not a cartoon, not a stuffed toy, just a strip.

Whether you agree or not, he has creative integrity and lot a lot of money by refusing to license his strip. I admire his courage.
 
2010-02-01 10:50:38 AM
Now there is a man whose father taught him character.

Probably via camping expeditions in the rain.
 
2010-02-01 10:50:41 AM
PJMurphy: the real reason Calvin & Hobbes is no more...

/shakes tiny tiger fist at you!!!
//I own the shirt always a great conversation starter!!
 
2010-02-01 10:51:11 AM

"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."

Someone who didn't go for the easy money and drive something sweet into the ground. So there just MIGHT be a unicorn out there...

 
2010-02-01 10:51:29 AM
Dirk the Daring, that may be one of the most horrifying things I have ever seen...
 
2010-02-01 10:51:32 AM
Parthenogenetic: /BLASPHEMY

Rule 34 even applies to Calvin?
You have done enough. Have you no sense of decency sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?
 
2010-02-01 10:51:44 AM
blazemongr: badLogic: The problem is that there is no "fresher, livelier talent". All the new stuff is pure shiate.

"Frazz". "Lio". Those, together with "Zits" (which unlike them has already run itself into a rut), are the spiritual heirs of "Calvin and Hobbes", and are among the few newspaper strips I still read every day.


Get Fuzzy is a good one too...not just like C&H, but pretty damn funny and unfailingly absurd.
 
2010-02-01 10:52:06 AM
is it just me, or is this much worse than Calvin Peeing?:

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2010-02-01 10:52:14 AM
JesterJames: Women in this stupid men world who just managed to loose 5 pounds from their butt?

Cheesecake!
 
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