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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 01:22:07 PM
hands down the most meaningful, impacting collection of wisdom in my young life. i ended up an english & philosophy student and i never read anything as insightful as calvin & hobbes. a brilliant man!
 
2010-02-01 01:22:16 PM
MmmBadEggs: This is why I hate Marmaduke:



...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?


I always hated Marmaduke because not only is it not funny, but I can't even understand what people see it it. I dislike Family Circus, but I can understand that people think it's cute. I don't even know what the hell the Marmaduke strip is trying to do.
 
2010-02-01 01:22:17 PM
Velveeta_Poindexter: 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?

Yes:

3.bp.blogspot.com

Mass produced schlock? No, thank you.
 
2010-02-01 01:25:23 PM
Fano: Jubeebee: Fano: FrancoFile: Jubeebee: 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.

No love for Zits? That strip does a great job of juxtaposing objective reality with the inner perceptions of a kid (albeit a 16-year-old, rather than a 6-year-old)

Zits seems to get teenagers pretty well, at least when I last read it.

I REALLY liked Zits when it first came out, probably because I was in high school. It's still good now and again, but they seem to have gotten away from exploring relationships and friendship and have lately focused on the parents being shocked by and disconnected from reality, and that gets old. I really liked the story arcs when Jeremy and Hector were fixing up the van and when Hector got the succubus girlfriend. The mom being confused about computers again and the dad being old? Not so much.

Thanks for confirming my suspicions. :( That's why I qualified with "when I read it." Teenagers are hard to nail consistently.


Mores the pity.
 
2010-02-01 01:25:45 PM
www.fanboy.com
Yes I'm old.
 
2010-02-01 01:26:04 PM
Jubeebee: MmmBadEggs: This is why I hate Marmaduke:



...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?

I always hated Marmaduke because not only is it not funny, but I can't even understand what people see it it. I dislike Family Circus, but I can understand that people think it's cute. I don't even know what the hell the Marmaduke strip is trying to do.


Then you guys would love (or perhaps already do) Link (new window)/and at its new homeLink (new window)
 
2010-02-01 01:28:12 PM
To clarify my former post, I also miss C&H and The Far Side.
 
2010-02-01 01:28:31 PM
Atreyou40: 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?


Of course you're right, cupcake.

Now, you go sit in the livingroom and I'll bring you some tea. You know how you get about these things...
 
2010-02-01 01:28:32 PM
Kar98: Velveeta_Poindexter: 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?

Yes:



Mass produced schlock? No, thank you.


OK, I'm not a fan of the Peanuts strip, but I do like the holiday specials and that pisses me off. Manufacturing something like that goes against the entire farking point of that show. Gah, I can't even articulate what's wrong with-- is that thing plastic? Did they make a PLASTIC Charlie Brown's Christmas tree?! kjdxsknbxc jnv0987 zcvx
 
2010-02-01 01:30:13 PM
thefonz37: Who was it that said 95% of everything is crap?

Theodore Sturgeon. It was 90%, BTW.
 
2010-02-01 01:32:21 PM
I just hope that whoever inherits Watterson's estate has the same respect for his creations that he did.

www.blork.org
/hotlink'd
 
2010-02-01 01:33:24 PM
How do I stop?

Steer into a gravel driveway and fall down!
 
2010-02-01 01:33:26 PM
theorellior: thefonz37: Who was it that said 95% of everything is crap?

Theodore Sturgeon. It was 90%, BTW.


And wasn't it "crud"?
 
2010-02-01 01:33:44 PM
1FreeMan: I just hope that whoever inherits Watterson's estate has the same respect for his creations that he did.


/hotlink'd


No shiat. Mr Geisel would NOT have been down with the abominations created in his name after the fact.
 
2010-02-01 01:34:34 PM
I own all the books, (not all the treasuries, which are hacked-up versions of various books) and longed for the complete edition, but I ran into a .pdf of every single strip. It's all in chronological order, including the re-runs while he was on sabbatical as well as the one bonus strip that isn't in any books. Can't remember how I found that...
 
2010-02-01 01:34:55 PM
Nevin Martell must have been pissed to learn of this interview.
 
2010-02-01 01:35:49 PM
Well, while we're on the comics topic, I love Cul de Sac, Pearls, Lio, Zits, C&H of course, and several others. However I for one detest Mutts with such a boiling loathing it scares me.
 
2010-02-01 01:35:53 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?


Enough with the "alchoholic writer with writer's block" characters!
 
2010-02-01 01:36:14 PM
 
2010-02-01 01:36:55 PM
www.myconfinedspace.com

here's the diabeetus
 
2010-02-01 01:37:17 PM
eggrolls: This.

something in my eye today
 
2010-02-01 01:38:33 PM
bersl2: theorellior: thefonz37: Who was it that said 95% of everything is crap?

Theodore Sturgeon. It was 90%, BTW.

And wasn't it "crud"?


Therefore there's a 5% margin of crap that isn't crud. Examine that how you will.

/Also, thanks for the Cul de Sac link. Good call.
 
2010-02-01 01:39:07 PM
vitalogygirl: From here: Rare Bill Watterson Art (new window)

ignatz.brinkster.net

That is totally Calvin's mom in her college years.
 
2010-02-01 01:39:15 PM
Jubeebee: OK, I'm not a fan of the Peanuts strip, but I do like the holiday specials and that pisses me off. Manufacturing something like that goes against the entire farking point of that show. Gah, I can't even articulate what's wrong with-- is that thing plastic? Did they make a PLASTIC Charlie Brown's Christmas tree?!

Everyone knows it's supposed to be aluminum.
 
2010-02-01 01:39:15 PM
Holfax: 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?

Enough with the "alchoholic writer with writer's block" characters!


Someday he will probably kill himself wondering why no one noticed his many cries for help.
 
2010-02-01 01:41:43 PM
Sounds like a typical artist. "My work? Ho hum. I can't possibly explain what others think of it. And it's in the past, so I don't think about it at all. Ho hum."
 
2010-02-01 01:45:35 PM
My boy loves Calvin and Hobbes. He has begged for a large cardboard box, several tiger pets, more books. He is always playing some game Calvin played. It's awesome.
 
2010-02-01 01:46:06 PM
allegedman: alright farkers lets play calvinball



loves me some C&H


To this day, I refer to what most people call "Jury-rigged" as "Calvinball".

P. S. to DirktheDaring. I thought I was the only one who remembered that hero of yore. (Looks admiringly at her 27 x 40" Dragon's Lair poster)
 
2010-02-01 01:49:53 PM
Andulamb: Sounds like a typical artist. "My work? Ho hum. I can't possibly explain what others think of it. And it's in the past, so I don't think about it at all. Ho hum."

How many artists do you know?
 
2010-02-01 01:51:04 PM
erveek: 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.


Wow, the things you learn on Fark! Thanks!

But...remember Timothy McVeigh.
 
2010-02-01 01:54:50 PM
zz9: My all time favourite.

I always loved how Calvin's dad would mess with his mind.

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2010-02-01 01:56:09 PM
Andulamb: Sounds like a typical artist. "My work? Ho hum. I can't possibly explain what others think of it."
So you think all artists should be telepaths?

Everybody reacts differently to things, so telepathy would be the only way to know how other people really think about their work.
 
2010-02-01 01:56:49 PM
Going over Calvin's alter egos in my mind:

Stupendous Man
Spaceman Spiff
Tracer Bullet

. . . huh, I could've sworn there were more.
 
2010-02-01 01:59:08 PM
TheHopeDiamond:

P. S. to DirktheDaring. I thought I was the only one who remembered that hero of yore. (Looks admiringly at her 27 x 40" Dragon's Lair poster)


Once was a time when every quarter I could get hold of got plunked into that machine.
 
2010-02-01 02:00:04 PM
brigid_fitch: zz9: My all time favourite.

I always loved how Calvin's dad would mess with his mind.


Yeah, I like those strips too; reminds me of when my dad used to tease me almost exactly the same way. For ages I still believed that one beep unlocking the car was the car saying 'Hello'
 
2010-02-01 02:00:16 PM
North_Central_Positronics: Watterson is still God.

So say we all.


So say we all!
 
2010-02-01 02:01:35 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!


Woah. Someone did a site like I wanted to do many years ago. I even launched into a side project of trying to figure out how to OCR the text of the scripts (which doesn't work very well!) and I was making a database of all the dialogue and descriptions of the scenes. Like to find all strips where Calvin's dad is sitting in his livingroom chair and reading the paper. That site is WAY awesome, though - much better than I could have ever done!
 
2010-02-01 02:04:37 PM
Andulamb: Sounds like a typical artist. "My work? Ho hum. I can't possibly explain what others think of it. And it's in the past, so I don't think about it at all. Ho hum."

Yeah, these people who think and create and do things people care about and will remember. Phhht. Buncha moonbats. Get a real jerb, hippie! We're better 'n you cause we're simple. Amarite?
 
2010-02-01 02:05:52 PM
HulkHands: "Immediately. I'm going to get in my horse and buggy and snail-mail a check for my newspaper subscription."

What's his Fark handle?


gorgor?
 
2010-02-01 02:06:32 PM
MmmBadEggs: This is why I hate Marmaduke:



...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?


What the f*ck does that comic even mean?
 
2010-02-01 02:08:54 PM
Molavian: What the f*ck does that comic even mean?

PC LOAD LETTER
 
2010-02-01 02:12:54 PM
JesterJames: Jubeebee: MmmBadEggs: This is why I hate Marmaduke:



...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?

I always hated Marmaduke because not only is it not funny, but I can't even understand what people see it it. I dislike Family Circus, but I can understand that people think it's cute. I don't even know what the hell the Marmaduke strip is trying to do.

Then you guys would love (or perhaps already do) Link (new window)/and at its new homeLink (new window)


I've never thought Marmaduke was funny. "Oooo look--it's a big, overly friendly dog that sleeps & jumps on people. It's inherently funny!" No it isn't. Anymore than a sarcastic, lasagne-eating cat is inherently funny.

Now that I own a Great Dane, I hate the comic even more. When I tell people my dog's a Great Dane, they suddenly get a hint of recognition and go, "Oh, like Marmaduke!" No, not like Marmaduke. My dog's actually well-trained and she isn't dumber than a rock.

/It's amazing how many people don't recognize a Great Dane
//I am *so* annoyed they're making a friggin' Marmaduke movie...
 
2010-02-01 02:13:39 PM
Ah, the life of a newspaper cartoonist -- how I miss the groupies, drugs and trashed hotel rooms!
-genius of wit
 
2010-02-01 02:18:05 PM
loathable cockroach: brigid_fitch: zz9: My all time favourite.

I always loved how Calvin's dad would mess with his mind.

Yeah, I like those strips too; reminds me of when my dad used to tease me almost exactly the same way. For ages I still believed that one beep unlocking the car was the car saying 'Hello'


I think that's why I like those the best, too. My dad taught us the wrong words for stuff and told us there were no such things as silent letters.

/I was well into 1st grade before I learned curtains were in fact NOT called walldusters.
//I still to this day have to concentrate on NOT pronouncing the W in sword.
 
2010-02-01 02:20:28 PM
gunther_bumpass: HulkHands: "Immediately. I'm going to get in my horse and buggy and snail-mail a check for my newspaper subscription."

What's his Fark handle?

gorgor?


If Mr. Watterson is a farker you will owe him a new keyboard.
 
2010-02-01 02:20:55 PM
..way too much dust
 
2010-02-01 02:21:09 PM
Lunaville: Ah, the life of a newspaper cartoonist -- how I miss the groupies, drugs and trashed hotel rooms!
-genius of wit


Also impatience with a sycophantic retard of a reporter, methinks. The "questions" were nauseating. First interview in 15 years, and that dumb dickwad re-affirms every single reason Watterson might've thought of to avoid interviews in the first place.

Thanks to John "I'm dumber than a bucket of pig assholes" Campanelli, this will probably be the last interview Bill Watterson consents to.
 
2010-02-01 02:22:32 PM
Annoyance:

I cant find anything good. I have purchased all the books and highly recommend them to any comic fan.

kayoteq: Gunny

Gunny


I havent got into Pogo yet. I am currently very into comic strips (working on my own) so I am blazing through old stuff to see how different artists used the medium. I just finished with my first read through of Krazy Kat (bought all the books) and was leaning towards Pogo. I think it is the right way to go because Steve Pastis (Pearls Before Swine) recommends it highly. It looks great from what I have seen.

DaintySavage: god i love pearls before swine

Pearls is genius stuff and inspired me to start working on my own stuff. It will never grace the pages of a newpaper but it is a ton of fun to work on. Pearls and Fuzzy crack me up every day.

Does anyone else still read Annie? It is the CRAZIEST comic int he paper. The story line is totally insane. I highly recommend it to all Farkers.

I also like Soup to Nuts, Tundra, and Non Sequitur. I figured there would be alot more Non Sequitur fans here on Fark.
 
2010-02-01 02:25:16 PM
FeedTheCollapse: in his eyes, it would. (see: Garfield) That said, I would've loved to own a Hobbes stuffed tiger.

I remember him saying he specifically didn't want that. The idea of millions of kids owning their own stuffed Hobbes toy would pretty much answer the "Is he a stuffed animal or a real creature?" question, which of course he didn't want.
 
2010-02-01 02:27:08 PM
dragonchild: Lunaville: Ah, the life of a newspaper cartoonist -- how I miss the groupies, drugs and trashed hotel rooms!
-genius of wit

Also impatience with a sycophantic retard of a reporter, methinks. The "questions" were nauseating. First interview in 15 years, and that dumb dickwad re-affirms every single reason Watterson might've thought of to avoid interviews in the first place.

Thanks to John "I'm dumber than a bucket of pig assholes" Campanelli, this will probably be the last interview Bill Watterson consents to.


I still have no idea why Waterson agreed to this interview. The guy who wrote "Searching for Bill Watterson" must be in a dark room crying right now.
 
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