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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 12:32:25 PM  
C0rf: Aexia: He's as old as time itself and was created to fight these guys.

For the best collision of worlds I've ever seen, enjoy your month of TF.


Thanks!
 
2010-02-01 12:34:12 PM  
This text is now purple: Schultz and his estate started coasting in the mid-70s. It hasn't been relevant or interesting in my lifetime.

You are aware that it's entirely reprints, now?
 
2010-02-01 12:34:12 PM  
This thread has made me long for the days I'll never get back.
 
2010-02-01 12:36:44 PM  
Fano: pic of the dog in the rain


That may be the saddest thing I've ever seen
/and I've seen some sad shiat
 
2010-02-01 12:37:14 PM  
Question, though - what does Bill Watterson do for a living now? Or does he just live off royalties?

Thanks to whoever put the link to the C&H archives in here, too - I've found one of my favorite strips ever (of all strips, not just C&H strips).

I got MY wish (link pops).

I'd love to find the Sunday strip where the family gets a bunch of magazines in the mail and Dad goes on a rant about they're selling us stuff we don't need, ending with him deciding that by being non-consumers and throwing the ads away, they're being terrorists.

I had that thing up on the fridge (cut out of the paper!) for years and years and years, but alas, it burned.

If anyone knows what book it's in, I'd go copy it at the library, even...
 
2010-02-01 12:37:51 PM  
ignatz.brinkster.net
 
2010-02-01 12:37:54 PM  
itazurakko: I had that thing up on the fridge (cut out of the paper!) for years and years and years, but alas, it burned.

...and, FOUND IT! Just had to search on "terrorist."

/very very very much thanks to whoever linked that site!
 
2010-02-01 12:39:12 PM  
itazurakko: itazurakko: I had that thing up on the fridge (cut out of the paper!) for years and years and years, but alas, it burned.

...and, FOUND IT! Just had to search on "terrorist."

/very very very much thanks to whoever linked that site!


Welcome to some interesting lists...

/Funny, haven't around FARK too long, but recognize your story from previous C&H threads
 
2010-02-01 12:39:45 PM  
Deucednuisance: You are aware that it's entirely reprints, now?

People said the old ones were good, and we're getting a chance to see the old ones.

Even as a kid, I never thought Peanuts was funny. Some other strips occasionally hit my funny bone, but the only comics that could give me side-splitting laughter on a regular basis were "Calvin & Hobbes" and "The Far Side".
 
2010-02-01 12:40:07 PM  
ignatz.brinkster.net

From here: Rare Bill Watterson Art (new window)
 
2010-02-01 12:40:29 PM  
OniNeko:
Most will remember the strip where he blows a bubble that pops and covers his face, and he think he blew his face inside out.


Oh, man, I loved that one! Even on his off days, Watterson was pretty good.
 
2010-02-01 12:40:56 PM  
cherryl taggart: Best lesson I ever learned in C&H was when Mom was trying to get Calvin to try a new dish and told him it was something hideous like fried lizard brains or anteater nostril casserole. He gobbled it while dad sat there turning green. I do this all the time now for my own Calvins.

One of them was stuffed peppers as stewed monkey heads. Stuffed peppers are actually something I still refuse to eat, because they were so bad during my own childhood. Attempting to explain them to my husband the other week (who had been mercifully spared their horrors) I mentioned the strip, because they really are that gross. Blurrrgh.

And unless I'm in polite company, I still refer to most gloopy meat-and-sauce-over-pasta-or-rice dishes as toad stroganoff. I actually like that one, though.
 
2010-02-01 12:42:13 PM  
beachcave.net
 
2010-02-01 12:42:39 PM  
i173.photobucket.com
 
2010-02-01 12:43:20 PM  
My favorite Strip (new window), which I also have on an unauthorized T-shirt.
 
2010-02-01 12:44:22 PM  
Strobeguy: I'v been a a fan of C&H for years
No amount of encouragment will affect Bill Watterson.

If or when he brings back C&H it will be as he wants it

Would you tell Stephen King how to write a Horror novel?


These days? Yeah, I might...

\I keed.
 
2010-02-01 12:45:15 PM  
FightDirector: destitute college kid: FightDirector: Fark all the C&H trolls in this thread

That first one is as bad as the prozac one. And worse than the "Calvin's college girlfriend" one.

Y'know something weird? I never realized until this moment that they were smoking. I looked at the image and saw C&H rolling around on the ground laughing through the haze of memory. Never even noticed the joint in his hand until you mentioned High Times, and really looked hard at the image trying to figure out what you meant.

I totally apologize - I always saw that as a good image. Mea Cupla.


That's because the original doesn't have the smoke or haze.

i607.photobucket.com
 
2010-02-01 12:45:16 PM  
The strip was cute and funny, one of the best ever, but the level of reverence some of you have is slightly disturbing and possibly part of the reason they guy is as 'reclusive' as he is. Many words might describe some of the C&H parody strips that are out there but 'sacrilege' sure as hell isn't among them.
 
2010-02-01 12:45:27 PM  
Sad thing is, dryknife, that if C&H were to re-debut today, Bill Watterson would've been arrested for child pornography inside a week.
 
2010-02-01 12:49:23 PM  
dragonchild: People said the old ones were good, and we're getting a chance to see the old ones.

Not really.

The really old ones, where the characters look nothing like their final versions (Snoopy's a puppy, for instance) were astonishingly like C&H where the childrens' speech was much more mature than their ages, or the physiques (hence the inspiration for Watterson). They'd be talking about Physcology and anti-depressants... Linus, the youngest, was the wisest, of
course.

Very absurd, and very C&H.

But because the original characters don't look like the modern corporate-logo characters, those strips are never re-printed.

And on another note: My nomination for Worst Transformation from Innovative, Funny Strip into Utter Garbage:

BC.
 
j4x [TotalFark]
2010-02-01 12:52:27 PM  
dartben: No love for Fox Trot? I know it isn't Calvin & Hobbes, but it was damn funny in its day (I think it's Sunday only now).

Foxtrot is what Watterson didn't want C&H to turn into. I've been reading Foxtrot all my life and I'm glad Amend moved it to Sundays only because it was getting EXTREMELY repetitive.

/raided with Amend in WoW
//he was kind of a dork
 
2010-02-01 12:52:39 PM  
towatchoverme:

The... the WHOLE monologue from "Chairman of the Bored"?

If you typed that whole thing, you may be a minor god.
If you typed it from memory... get help.


/loved that episode
 
2010-02-01 12:53:13 PM  
It does look like he got rather annoyed with the interview questions towards the end. Come on, it's the first interview with this guy in 15 years and he hides under a rock that no one can find. The questions towards the end were wasted opportunities.

This guy is the ultimate pragmatist, and clearly sees the comic in a different light than the fans do. I personally think C&H was so popular because it reminded people of their childhood, but Watterson's attitude seems to be "Whatever, I was just writing a strip. Take away from it what you will." What then, I wonder, was the source of his inspiration? C&H resonates like anything else that has had a lot of care put into its making.
 
2010-02-01 12:55:08 PM  
Fano: KhamanV:

Y'know, I started to watch that, and then I stopped. I have a sense that's pretty much going to wreck me for the day.

That is a wise decision. I put it right up there with


I went back. Wasn't quite so wise this time. Well, fark, I hadn't really planned to do anything today anyway.
 
2010-02-01 12:55:59 PM  
Deucednuisance:

And on another note: My nomination for Worst Transformation from Innovative, Funny Strip into Utter Garbage:

BC.


"It Takes Juan, To Know Juan"

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
www.familyguyquotes.com
 
2010-02-01 12:56:04 PM  
My girlfriend is in the process of making me a Hobbes.

it will be awesome.
 
2010-02-01 12:57:34 PM  
Deucednuisance: The really old ones, where the characters look nothing like their final versions (Snoopy's a puppy, for instance) were astonishingly like C&H where the childrens' speech was much more mature than their ages, or the physiques (hence the inspiration for Watterson). They'd be talking about Physcology and anti-depressants... Linus, the youngest, was the wisest, of
course.

Very absurd, and very C&H.


Yes. This is my response to the "why does Calvin have such a big vocabulary?" question also. C&H and Peanuts share a lot.

I love that "Susie is President" comic, too - the hilarious part is seeing more or less realistic-looking adults acting out crazy kid pretending schemes. Ah, if the world were like the various games of "house"...

Fox Trot was great in the early years.

Deucednuisance: And on another note: My nomination for Worst Transformation from Innovative, Funny Strip into Utter Garbage:

BC.


Agreed here too - early BC is hilarious. Then he got religion. Actually he still does the occasional funny strip even in born again mode, but the strip is just... old.

Come to think of it, "it was funny in the early years" seems to apply to a LOT of comedy in all media.
 
2010-02-01 12:58:43 PM  
Wasilla Hillbilly: The strip was cute and funny, one of the best ever, but the level of reverence some of you have is slightly disturbing and possibly part of the reason they guy is as 'reclusive' as he is. Many words might describe some of the C&H parody strips that are out there but 'sacrilege' sure as hell isn't among them.

I think Farkers like Watterson because he's sentimental and crusty, opinionated and slightly twisted ... a lot like us, actually.

If we haven't stalked him yet, we won't.

We just like his work.
 
2010-02-01 01:00:48 PM  
Even if we never see another C&H, I hope Bill does do something new for us. He really seemed to "get" the medium in ways that others could only hope.

He was the man.
 
2010-02-01 01:01:42 PM  
Five Tails of Fury: towatchoverme:

The... the WHOLE monologue from "Chairman of the Bored"?

If you typed that whole thing, you may be a minor god.
If you typed it from memory... get help.

/loved that episode


It's copypasta. But I DID have to remove some of the code and the dialogue by Yakko, Wakko and Dot which reminds me of the time i once copy and pasted the entire Who's on First, which is an interesting story ...

/Have all three available boxes of Animaniacs
//Eagerly awaiting the fourth and final
 
2010-02-01 01:04:02 PM  
This is not directed toward C&H or Watterson, just toward the idiots that put those stickers on their cars:

i249.photobucket.com
 
2010-02-01 01:05:14 PM  
keypusher: dittybopper: I like Calvin better when he was Ralph Phillips.

From A to Z-Z-Z-Z

Boyhood Daze

Nice reminder! But I find it very easy to imagine Ralph Phillips became a serial killer when he grew up. Calvin was not nearly that bad.


Actually, Ralph joined the military and later re-upped.
 
2010-02-01 01:06:20 PM  
This is why I hate Marmaduke:

1.bp.blogspot.com

...because the talentless retard who draws this crap makes humans that look vaguely like the dog. I mean look at this guy's mouth...what the hell is that supposed to be, exactly?
 
2010-02-01 01:06:34 PM  
So, I take it that Cul De Sac isn't widely syndicated.

It's available on the web and well worth hunting down.
 
2010-02-01 01:09:55 PM  
yakmans_dad: So, I take it that Cul De Sac isn't widely syndicated.

It's available on the web and well worth hunting down.


Another fave of mine is Fisher by Phillip Street:

Link
 
2010-02-01 01:10:21 PM  
The hard part in losing Calvin and Hobbes was that artists of Waterson's talent and integrity are far and few between. There was no one to replace him when he stopped doing the comic, but he stopped for the right reasons.

That hardbound compendium will never dip below its original price for a very good reason. I will be forced to shell it out one of these days.
 
2010-02-01 01:11:04 PM  
Velveeta_Poindexter: 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.


Because it shows that Watterson understands what his part in the artistic process is. By not merchandising (or even trademarking for that matter) C&H, he is literally *giving* his work to the world. So many other artists give us the feeling that their work is on loan to us that it's refreshing to see an artist that can create something only for the sake of sharing it with other people. I think it doesn't command respect, necessarily, but it certainly adds an air of legitimacy to Watterson that many other cartoonists lack.
 
2010-02-01 01:11:43 PM  
precia: cherryl taggart: Best lesson I ever learned in C&H was when Mom was trying to get Calvin to try a new dish and told him it was something hideous like fried lizard brains or anteater nostril casserole. He gobbled it while dad sat there turning green. I do this all the time now for my own Calvins.

One of them was stuffed peppers as stewed monkey heads. Stuffed peppers are actually something I still refuse to eat, because they were so bad during my own childhood. Attempting to explain them to my husband the other week (who had been mercifully spared their horrors) I mentioned the strip, because they really are that gross. Blurrrgh.

And unless I'm in polite company, I still refer to most gloopy meat-and-sauce-over-pasta-or-rice dishes as toad stroganoff. I actually like that one, though.


Thanks! Stewed monkey heads and toad stroganoff are going to be added to the menu this week!
 
2010-02-01 01:12:08 PM  
Another that sadly degenerated- and took some unfair crap before it did- was Andy Capp. I heard a lot of whinging about how Andy beat Flo, but very little about the frequent strips where she was lying in wait for him with a rolling pin in hand. So it's okay for her to beat him but not the other way around?
 
2010-02-01 01:12:20 PM  
dartben: Fox

Jason dying Easter eggs with a squirt gun.

/Aw, Mom.
 
2010-02-01 01:13:07 PM  
My personal fave:

imgsrv.gocomics.com
 
2010-02-01 01:15:24 PM  
fudgefactor7: Even if we never see another C&H, I hope Bill does do something new for us. He really seemed to "get" the medium in ways that others could only hope.

He was the man.


I don't know. It seems like most people in entertainment (and by this I include artists, authors, etc) have a certain time when they're ON, and the time before that or after that is never as good. For some people it's when they get older, they finally realize success at something they've been working at their entire lives. Others get struck young, and never seem to recapture that original spark. I think Watterson was one of the latter, and he knows it. Better to go out on top and remain beloved than attempt a comeback as a sad shadow of your former self.
 
2010-02-01 01:19:03 PM  
itazurakko: Deucednuisance: The really old ones, where the characters look nothing like their final versions (Snoopy's a puppy, for instance) were astonishingly like C&H where the childrens' speech was much more mature than their ages, or the physiques (hence the inspiration for Watterson). They'd be talking about Physcology and anti-depressants... Linus, the youngest, was the wisest, of
course.

Very absurd, and very C&H.

Yes. This is my response to the "why does Calvin have such a big vocabulary?" question also. C&H and Peanuts share a lot.

I love that "Susie is President" comic, too - the hilarious part is seeing more or less realistic-looking adults acting out crazy kid pretending schemes. Ah, if the world were like the various games of "house"...

Fox Trot was great in the early years.

Deucednuisance: And on another note: My nomination for Worst Transformation from Innovative, Funny Strip into Utter Garbage:

BC.

Agreed here too - early BC is hilarious. Then he got religion. Actually he still does the occasional funny strip even in born again mode, but the strip is just... old.

Come to think of it, "it was funny in the early years" seems to apply to a LOT of comedy in all media.


Who was it that said 95% of everything is crap?
 
2010-02-01 01:19:27 PM  
Glix Wasi: That's because the original doesn't have the smoke or haze.

And without it, I just noticed that Calvin and Hobbes are representing a Yin/Yang: look at the way they're laid out!

Two sides of the same coin.

That's a even cooler fan pic than I first thought.

(Not generally a fan of "fan" anything....)
 
2010-02-01 01:19:38 PM  
HelloNeuman: It does look like he got rather annoyed with the interview questions towards the end. Come on, it's the first interview with this guy in 15 years and he hides under a rock that no one can find. The questions towards the end were wasted opportunities.

This guy is the ultimate pragmatist, and clearly sees the comic in a different light than the fans do. I personally think C&H was so popular because it reminded people of their childhood, but Watterson's attitude seems to be "Whatever, I was just writing a strip. Take away from it what you will." What then, I wonder, was the source of his inspiration? C&H resonates like anything else that has had a lot of care put into its making.


In terms of comics that inspired him, Peanuts, Krazy Kat and Pogo are the big three that I recall him mentioning in the 10th Anniversary book.

IIRC, he also draws inspiration from his personal life, some of which has been mentioned already (his cat, Sprite, as a model for Hobbes, his wife as Suzy, etc.)
 
2010-02-01 01:20:01 PM  
Ugly Baby Judges You: Failing in public education systems doesn't necessarily indicate stupidity or lack of knowledge. It's likely that if Calvin had been a real child, he would have been one of the ones that chased after knowledge on their own because things fascinated them, but were bored beyond measure by the structure of classroom 'learning' environments.

I think this is why I always identified with Calvin. I could totally see him being mis-diagnosed with ADD today when the fact is he's a creative child who is just bored. Any of the classroom comic strips seem to show this.
 
2010-02-01 01:20:23 PM  
thefonz37: Who was it that said 95% of everything is crap?

Well, me, among others.
 
2010-02-01 01:20:34 PM  
He looks like UNCLE MAX people!!!!

Not "Calvin's Dad".

Seriously, did any of you actually read the books or do you just like sayin it?
 
2010-02-01 01:21:48 PM  
For those of you hating on Garfield, I urge you to check out the Garfield and Friends series on DVD. G&F had Rocky and Bullwinkle sensibilities and an absurdist sense of humor that rarely made it to the strips. This show was pretty ahead of it's time when it comes to kids shows.

Anything Garfield produced after that show is crap. Utter crap, and that includes the live-action movies and those horrid CG things they've got running now.
 
2010-02-01 01:21:52 PM  
Velveeta_Poindexter: 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?


Virtually no one says no to the money. At the very least it's at the very least remarkable that someone we all know did say no and has never wavered.
 
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