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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 05:15:33 PM
Breakwall: Urinal Gum: Oof, I feel for you, Bill. The fans can be a bit much sometimes. When you produce something that strikes a chord, they think "this is the only guy who truly understands me!" And, they think they have some sort of kindred connection to you. Some of the best artists out there have been driven into hiding for this reason.



"Hellooooo? Mr. Watterson? I'd like to discuss with you the matter of comic strip 138, panel 2, where Calvin's parents car is represented as a two-door compact, when clearly in comic strip 144, panel 3, it's a four-door sedan...hello?"


Haha. See, those fans are bad, but they are not psychotic. They're just retardedly nerdy. The psychotic ones are the ones to really watch out for.
 
2010-02-01 05:16:05 PM
do yourselves a favor, check out Pogo if you can. Walt Kelley was clearly an inspiration for Watterston, artistically and thematically.

To the swamp (new window)
 
2010-02-01 05:20:21 PM
geedavey: do yourselves a favor, check out Pogo if you can. Walt Kelley was clearly an inspiration for Watterston, artistically and thematically.

To the swamp (new window)


I already decided that I wanted to start reading Pogo but that seals it. Thanks for the strip. Cheers
 
2010-02-01 05:22:55 PM
Huge fan. I have first editions of every one of the collection books. I bought each one the moment it came out...
It's my son's favorite light reading too - he's 13 now but has been (re)reading them for ~5 years now with no sign of 'moving on'. In fact the "Yukon Ho" anthology is sitting on the kitchen table right now where he left it after reading it while eating breakfast this morning.
He has his own copies of about 7 of the anthologies... My copies are sequestered. There's not many books that I own and treat like the Vatican treats ancient manuscripts - but that collection is one.

/i know, CSB!
 
2010-02-01 05:25:05 PM
FTA: 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.

creatorsincubator.files.wordpress.com

www.weirdspace.dk

and ESPECIALLY

mcaaron.files.wordpress.com

/all hot like Blondie
//hate Dagwood so very much
 
2010-02-01 05:26:13 PM
Pogo still rocks after all these years. Walt Kelly was great. Not only a great artist, but a great (IMHO) poet:

The gentle journey jars to stop
The drifting dream is done.
The Long Gone goblins loom ahead
The deadly that we thought were dead
Stand waiting, every one.

Also

A song not for now
You need not put stay
a tune for the Was
Can be Sung for Today.
The notes of the Does-not
Will sound as the Does
Today you can sing
For the Will-Be that Was.

To say nothing of

Harry the harpie and Quarrel the Queen
Slide with the slate-colored bugle machine...etc.

/I still Go Pogo.
//Wish I coulda met Walt.
 
2010-02-01 05:26:18 PM
Fano:

Either that or the reporter made the whole thing up. It wouldn't have been hard.



True actually. The same has happened countless times, to Salinger, to Howard Hughes...

When you're a recluse, people assume you're going to stay in your turtle shell if they lie about you.
 
2010-02-01 05:27:12 PM
It Smee

That's one of my favorites!

LUNBOKS
 
2010-02-01 05:30:46 PM
farbekrieg: I was just talking to a friend in Portugal (yay intertubes) and said Calvin & Hobbes was never big there (but is 20ish) mostly due to translation issues killing the jokes. So if there isnt there really should be.

Interesting. I have a copy of a German collection of C&H called "Auf dem Sprung", and the translations were brilliant. Watterson was ill-served in Portugal.
 
2010-02-01 05:31:39 PM
HawgWild: Heh, I liked these too:

I've got a copy of that hanging on my cubicle wall.
 
2010-02-01 05:32:02 PM
itazurakko:
I don't think people should be running past their prime turning out schlock, but they shouldn't hog up the space running their old stuff, either. Let some new people in on the game.

This applies to a hell of a lot more than comics - *glares at Rolling Stones, The Who, Brett Favre, T. Boone Pickens and other superannuated assholes*
 
2010-02-01 05:33:19 PM
http://pbfcomics.com/
 
2010-02-01 05:33:55 PM
itazurakko: I don't think people should be running past their prime turning out schlock, but they shouldn't hog up the space running their old stuff, either. Let some new people in on the game.

You know, I hadn't thought of it like this. You make a very good point.
 
2010-02-01 05:34:35 PM
jedimk: Mu favorite comic is the one where Calvin's dad is looking for his glasses....and Calvin comes in wearing them and says like "Calvin, Do this....Calvin Do That....being miserable builds character".

I still laugh thinking about that comic.


picayune.uclick.com

Indeed.

Btw... I'm disappointed in the lack of Transmogrifier love. Those were some of my favorites.
 
2010-02-01 05:34:43 PM
StampedingElephant: hate Dagwood so very much

. fark you. Tall sandwiches are funny. You see, it's way bigger than his mouth. Get it? Do ya?
 
2010-02-01 05:36:50 PM
Gunny Highway: Jubeebee: alvin and Hobbes and The Far Side are still the kings of comics though.



There are 3 IMHO



Four, actually:

papundits.files.wordpress.com
 
2010-02-01 05:37:23 PM
thamike: I'm working on being noteworthy. Noteworthy's cool, right?

Noteworthy is fine. You don't get too many strangers introducing themselves and wanting to have a probing conversation just for being noteworthy.
 
2010-02-01 05:43:52 PM
They were fantastic reads back when I was 9, but when I was 19 I decided to read one of the books I had lying around and it was a totally different experience. That kid was somethin' special.

BTW,img1.fark.net doesn't do Mr. Watterson justice. Man deserves a img1.fark.net tag for life.

Doubtful as it is that he reads this:

Thanks Bill. C&H helped me develop a unique perspective on life when I was growing up and for that I'll be forever grateful. Well, you and George Carlin. :D
 
2010-02-01 05:50:31 PM
Quantumbunny: jedimk: Mu favorite comic is the one where Calvin's dad is looking for his glasses....and Calvin comes in wearing them and says like "Calvin, Do this....Calvin Do That....being miserable builds character".

I still laugh thinking about that comic.



Indeed.


Reminds me of this one: Link (new window)
 
2010-02-01 06:02:01 PM
Que pasa senorita? I am el fugitivo!
 
2010-02-01 06:09:26 PM
already quoted FTFA about the Calvin USPS stamp:

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


and this, my friends, is precisely what makes the man a comic genius.

a real LOL and a fantastic reminder of his talent.

/real LOL
//going to trademark that
///rLOL(TM)
 
2010-02-01 06:09:40 PM
You don't even have to post the whole strip. Most of you will be able to visualize the entire cartoon just from one line...

"Your mom had to CHASE you?!?"

"Is this a trick question?"

"Barney's dad was really bad, so Barney hatched a plan..."

"You misspelled 'Weltanschauung."

"What's the point of wearing your favorite rocketship underpants if nobody ever asks to see 'em?"

"I'm saving all my ear wax to make a candle."

"I'm gonna pound you at recess, Twinky."

"You're trading the earth for 50 alien tree leaves?!"

"...hot tiger tummy..."

Oh, and the car rolling backwards out of the driveway and across the road....
 
2010-02-01 06:12:42 PM
Catsmeow: Oh, and the car rolling backwards out of the driveway and across the road....

"What could possibly go wrong!?"
"Every time you say that, my tail gets all bushy."
 
2010-02-01 06:20:13 PM
OniNeko: Catsmeow: Oh, and the car rolling backwards out of the driveway and across the road....

"What could possibly go wrong!?"
"Every time you say that, my tail gets all bushy."


"Hey Dad, remember our car?"
 
2010-02-01 06:20:42 PM
Stahi:
BTW, [Spiffy Tag] doesn't do Mr. Watterson justice. Man deserves a [Hero] tag for life.


I think you missed the humor of having a Spiffy tag when one of Calvin's alter egos is... Spaceman Spiff?
 
2010-02-01 06:22:32 PM
I think that interview could be nicely summed up in this strip.

picayune.uclick.com
 
2010-02-01 06:22:35 PM
kayoteq: Gunny Highway: Jubeebee: Calvin and Hobbes and The Far Side are still the kings of comics though.



There are 34 IMHO
ftfy.



/I Go Pogo.


You're absolutely right. My (belated) thinking, exactly. :)
 
2010-02-01 06:23:19 PM
Catsmeow: You don't even have to post the whole strip. Most of you will be able to visualize the entire cartoon just from one line...

"Your mom had to CHASE you?!?"

"Is this a trick question?"

"Barney's dad was really bad, so Barney hatched a plan..."

"You misspelled 'Weltanschauung."

"What's the point of wearing your favorite rocketship underpants if nobody ever asks to see 'em?"

"I'm saving all my ear wax to make a candle."

"I'm gonna pound you at recess, Twinky."

"You're trading the earth for 50 alien tree leaves?!"

"...hot tiger tummy..."

Oh, and the car rolling backwards out of the driveway and across the road....


"... and whiskers. Long whiskers!"
 
2010-02-01 06:23:32 PM
I've always wondered....

What has he been doing? Why not a new series or books or something, completely unconnected from Calvin and Hobbes?
 
2010-02-01 06:38:48 PM
badLogic: The problem is that there is no "fresher, livelier talent". All the new stuff is pure shiate.

/git off my lawn


There's always Clarissa:
http://www.whatisdeepfried.com/2008/11/24/clarissa-brings-the-sad-making-lulz/ ^
 
2010-02-01 06:41:40 PM
Mr Watterson:

Thank you for the art in your comic. You knew how to draw, and did so beautifully.
Thank you for demanding that papers give your comic the room so I could appreciate the drawings.
Thank you for finding that difficult balance between having an "adult" kid and still showing child-like wonder.
Thank you for finding that balance often.

I honestly don't know if I can thank you for quitting. The world will never know how long it would be before you started to sell out, because you never did. But I miss those unwritten non-sellout strips even if there was only going to be one of them.


/And like a lot of others here, I miss Calvin and Hobbes and the Far Side. There may be older comics (that I don't know) that are their equal but there aren't any new ones.
 
2010-02-01 06:42:59 PM
Beeblebrox: OniNeko: Catsmeow: Oh, and the car rolling backwards out of the driveway and across the road....

"What could possibly go wrong!?"
"Every time you say that, my tail gets all bushy."

"Hey Dad, remember our car?"


"What do you mean 'remember'?"

"Haha, I bet Calvin's IN the tiger pit since he loves tigers so much."

"Your simian countenance suggests a heritage unusually rich in species diversity."

"Moe, I was wondering something. Are your maladjusted social tendencies the product of your berserk pituitary gland?"

Calvin taught me how to insult people so cunningly they didn't even know they were being insulted. Luckily I'm not forced to associate with those kinds of people anymore.
 
2010-02-01 06:46:25 PM
Fuggin Bizzy: StampedingElephant: hate Dagwood so very much

. fark you. Tall sandwiches are funny. You see, it's way bigger than his mouth. Get it? Do ya?


Haha, YES!! Now that I understand the joke, I can see how it has survived 77 frikkin' years!
 
2010-02-01 06:51:14 PM
Quantumbunny: Btw... I'm disappointed in the lack of Transmogrifier love. Those were some of my favorites.

The series where Calvin turns into a tiny tiger was one of the cutest things I've seen ANYWHERE. I mean, Hobbes himself is cute, but the tiny version? Man.

He's just darling!
 
2010-02-01 06:52:22 PM
Catsmeow:
"You misspelled 'Weltanschauung."


"I was going to be a neo-deconstructivist, but Mom wouldn't let me" might be my favorite C&H line of all time.

Another favorite:

"What if someone calls us 'a pair of pathetic peripatetics?"
"I've never heard of anyone taking the trouble to rhyme weird insults."
"BUT SHOULDN'T WE HAVE A READY RETORT?!"
/lunboks
 
2010-02-01 06:53:22 PM
Beeblebrox: "Hey Dad, remember our car?"

LOL. That's enough to do it...
 
2010-02-01 06:55:05 PM
Satanic_Hamster: I've always wondered....

What has he been doing? Why not a new series or books or something, completely unconnected from Calvin and Hobbes?


I read he had been doing more fine art work, unconnected even to comics in general and in a private, low key way. I assume he has the money to paint all he wants and just stack them in warehouses if he chooses to.

Good for him. I can't think of anything better to spend one's hard earned money on than the freedom to just do what pleases one's self for the rest of one's life.
 
2010-02-01 07:00:15 PM
nicksteel, I came here to post that very one. My all-time favorite.
 
2010-02-01 07:01:51 PM
badLogic: The problem is that there is no "fresher, livelier talent". All the new stuff is pure shiate.

/git off my lawn


There's always Clarissa:
http://www.whatisdeepfried.com/2008/11/24/clarissa-brings-the-sad-making-lulz/ ^
 
2010-02-01 07:02:35 PM
Satanic_Hamster: I've always wondered....

What has he been doing? Why not a new series or books or something, completely unconnected from Calvin and Hobbes?


I think he'd rather pull out his teeth than risk producing something that sells again. I think the mane REALLY hated being famous.
 
2010-02-01 07:06:49 PM
JohnBigBootay: I think he'd rather pull out his teeth than risk producing something that sells again. I think the mane REALLY hated being famous.

I suppose there's always the very slim chance that he is producing, only under a pseudonym this time.
 
2010-02-01 07:13:10 PM
StampedingElephant: //hate Dagwood so very much

Here ya go:

www.thamike.com
 
2010-02-01 07:18:38 PM
I still like Calvin and Hobbes but it's annoying when right-wingers post pictures from it in political discussions here.
 
2010-02-01 07:21:11 PM
itazurakko: Quantumbunny: Btw... I'm disappointed in the lack of Transmogrifier love. Those were some of my favorites.

The series where Calvin turns into a tiny tiger was one of the cutest things I've seen ANYWHERE. I mean, Hobbes himself is cute, but the tiny version? Man.

He's just darling!


I have 3 Transmogrifier memories that pop immediately into my head anytime I hear something that reminds me of C & H.

Calvin as the tiny tiger - As a 28 year old male, I won't admit to this in public much, but yeah, that was pretty damn cute.
Calvin as T-Rex - man there were quite a few of these
The series of strips where Calvin makes a Transmogrifier ray and Calvin and Hobbes fight and turn each other into a bunch of animals.

Also, no love for Stupendous Man!?
 
2010-02-01 07:22:29 PM
whidbey: I still like Calvin and Hobbes but it's annoying when right-wingers post pictures from it in political discussions here.

eclecticmenagerie.com

Like so?
 
2010-02-01 07:27:04 PM
i just love the name spaceman spiff

still cracks me up
 
2010-02-01 07:27:08 PM
Satanic_Hamster: I've always wondered....

What has he been doing?


Hookers and blow.
 
2010-02-01 07:28:31 PM
OniNeko: Luckily I'm not forced to associate with those kinds of people anymore.

Twinky, you associate with 'those kinds' right here....
 
2010-02-01 07:32:09 PM
wjllope: OniNeko: Luckily I'm not forced to associate with those kinds of people anymore.

Twinky, you associate with 'those kinds' right here....


I said FORCED, sparky.
 
2010-02-01 07:34:38 PM
It's still amazing how much he succeeded in capturing what it was to be a boy and his struggles with imagination and reality. If an alien wanted to learn about male humans growing up, Calvin and Hobbes would be one of the most (if not THE most) accurate things you could show them.

blog.miragestudio7.com

That comic was seriously the best thing ever to me. Every boy had similar thoughts about school, or at least most of them. I certainly did.
 
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