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(Columbus Dispatch)   Bill Watterson grants a rare interview and loans a bunch of original strips to the second-ever only Calvin and Hobbes exhibition. Coming soon to a town near you. If you live in Columbus, Ohio   (dispatch.com) divider line 86
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2014-03-21 02:19:54 AM
I still miss those two.
 
2014-03-21 03:49:43 AM
Finally, I can be glad that I live in Columbus.
 
2014-03-21 04:27:21 AM
Finally, a reason to go to Ohio.
 
2014-03-21 04:27:46 AM
Will they throw a Calvin ball?
 
2014-03-21 04:31:58 AM
Love, love, love this guy.
 
2014-03-21 04:50:38 AM
Awesome! I am so happy it's in Columbus. I am definitely going since I live here.
 
2014-03-21 05:03:24 AM
I've never seen Bill Watterson, so whenever I picture him it's Calvin's dad I see. Gotta admire the strength to which he sticks to his principles.
 
2014-03-21 05:09:49 AM
I loved C&H going way back to when they were Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh.
 
2014-03-21 05:13:44 AM
There's so much other content available - instantly and all for free - that there's no reason to stick around if you're not immediately enthralled. We consume everything like potato chips now.

wow...

That's oh so true.
 
2014-03-21 05:17:19 AM

TomD9938: I loved C&H going way back to when they were Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh.


Oh, you've also read the dozens of articles comparing them like everyone else? Does it give you an edgy feeling when you bring it up, or do you feel like a Google search no one asked for?
 
2014-03-21 05:23:19 AM

WinoRhino: TomD9938: I loved C&H going way back to when they were Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh.

Oh, you've also read the dozens of articles comparing them like everyone else?



Truly, no.


Does it give you an edgy feeling when you bring it up, or do you feel like a Google search no one asked for?


Just never cared for it the strip.  Maybe that's why.
 
2014-03-21 05:23:22 AM
C&H and Bill Watterson are both awesome, but I wish he weren't so dreadfully down on the Internet and webcomics. No, there's no one as big as Popeye or Dick Tracy, but there are many many comics with tens or hundreds of thousands of readers, many of whom make a living just from doing their comics.
 
2014-03-21 05:26:29 AM

TomD9938: I loved C&H going way back to when they were Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh.


I've loved your comments all the way back to when you were a smackbottom.
 
2014-03-21 05:28:13 AM

TomD9938: Just never cared for it the strip. Maybe that's why.


Garfield or Cathy?
 
2014-03-21 05:29:59 AM

MooseUpNorth: TomD9938: Just never cared for it the strip. Maybe that's why.

Garfield or Cathy?


For Better or For Worse
 
2014-03-21 05:30:14 AM
Looks like we have some militant C&H supporters here at Fark.

I liked the strip alright but, I was never "into" any comic (strip or book)
 
2014-03-21 05:30:50 AM

parahaps: C&H and Bill Watterson are both awesome, but I wish he weren't so dreadfully down on the Internet and webcomics. No, there's no one as big as Popeye or Dick Tracy, but there are many many comics with tens or hundreds of thousands of readers, many of whom make a living just from doing their comics.


He didn't sound down on it to me, he just acknowledged a fact.  people are free to publish whatever they want to, but getting a sizable audience is MUCH harder than it used to be.

that also applies to tv and movies, and it's one reason we are seeing so many "reboots" of movies. name recognition is way way to help get an audience.

look at it this way, In 1990 people went to work and they talked about the new C&H cartoon from that morning, and what Carson said the night before. Today we just talk
about what we seen on "the internet".
 
2014-03-21 05:32:06 AM

SquiggsIN: Looks like we have some militant C&H supporters here at Fark.


yes. "militant". uh-huh.
 
2014-03-21 05:33:27 AM

log_jammin: look at it this way, In 1990 people went to work and they talked about the new C&H cartoon from that morning, and what Carson said the night before. Today we just talkabout what we seen on "the internet".


People at your company talk to each other about non work-related things?  How dare you be so inefficient!  Do you want us to all turn communist with you?  The beatings MUST continue until morale improves!
 
2014-03-21 05:34:40 AM

log_jammin: TomD9938: I loved C&H going way back to when they were Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh.

I've loved your comments all the way back to when you were a smackbottom.


Thanks?
 
2014-03-21 05:35:39 AM

TomD9938: log_jammin: TomD9938: I loved C&H going way back to when they were Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh.

I've loved your comments all the way back to when you were a smackbottom.

Thanks?


you're welcome.
 
2014-03-21 05:36:23 AM
I will definitely go see this.
 
2014-03-21 05:39:16 AM

log_jammin: SquiggsIN: Looks like we have some militant C&H supporters here at Fark.

yes. "militant". uh-huh.


[stoplikingwhatidontlike.jpg]
 
2014-03-21 05:46:02 AM

parahaps: C&H and Bill Watterson are both awesome, but I wish he weren't so dreadfully down on the Internet and webcomics. No, there's no one as big as Popeye or Dick Tracy, but there are many many comics with tens or hundreds of thousands of readers, many of whom make a living just from doing their comics.


The world is especially cruel to artists.

They're rarely paid what they're worth and rarely appreciated until after they're dead.

And the folks who are lucky enough to be generously paid and appreciated in their lifetime tend to be obviously flawed in their talents (ex. Rob Liefeld, Thomas Kinkade).

I know that would give me a complex. Navigating your way through that alone has to be tough.
 
2014-03-21 05:49:01 AM

MusicMakeMyHeadPound: The world is especially cruel to artists.  They're rarely paid what they're worth and rarely appreciated until after they're dead.  And the folks who are lucky enough to be generously paid and appreciated in their lifetime tend to be obviously flawed in their talents (ex. Rob Liefeld, Thomas Kinkade).


In a world where the Kardashians and the kids from Jersey Shore are rich and famous, how do we expect anyone to be valued properly?
 
2014-03-21 06:35:50 AM
Loved Calvin and Hobbes as a kid. I remember begging my mom for the giant compilation books and going through them every chance I got. I still thumb through them occasionally. Was never into Sunday comics in general, but C&H always captivated my interest.

Looks like the exhibit is open through August 3rd. I'm not too far of a drive from Columbus and would love to make it over there for this.
 
2014-03-21 06:38:06 AM

SquiggsIN: MusicMakeMyHeadPound: The world is especially cruel to artists.  They're rarely paid what they're worth and rarely appreciated until after they're dead.  And the folks who are lucky enough to be generously paid and appreciated in their lifetime tend to be obviously flawed in their talents (ex. Rob Liefeld, Thomas Kinkade).

In a world where the Kardashians and the kids from Jersey Shore are rich and famous, how do we expect anyone to be valued properly?


Junk food is pretty easy to find just about anywhere. It takes a little more time to prep something healthy and satisfying but my body lets me know if bend my rules more than a little bit.
 
2014-03-21 06:42:06 AM

TomD9938: Just never cared for it the strip.  Maybe that's why.


I apologize-- that was a douche-baggy comment by me anyway. Didn't get much sleep and I'm not exactly a morning person.
 
2014-03-21 06:42:07 AM
I'd happily take Calvin and Hobbes or Bloom County anyday over the current crop of garbage strips.
 
2014-03-21 06:48:23 AM
Why does everyone act like he's some kind of recluse?  The guy teaches, does occasional commission work, speaks at colleges...  Just because he's not out there constantly going "Hey, you remember Calvin and Hobbes?!  I'M THAT GUY!" doesn't mean he's going all Howard Hughes in a hotel suite.
 
2014-03-21 06:50:36 AM
Take that, Michigan!

/not in Ohio by choice
 
2014-03-21 06:58:44 AM

eyemarten: I'd happily take Calvin and Hobbes or Bloom County anyday over the current crop of garbage strips.


Even as an adult I used to be an avid comic reader. Some I didn't enjoy (Garfield, Family Circus) but there were others that always had a good dose of humor or clever satire that made them worth while: Shoe, Doonesbury, Bloom County, C&H. Now I don't think I can name one that has much merit to it, but I haven't looked in a while.
 
2014-03-21 07:06:33 AM

TomD9938: MooseUpNorth: TomD9938: Just never cared for it the strip. Maybe that's why.

Garfield or Cathy?

For Better or For Worse


That explains everything.

On a completely unrelated note, did you take your meds yet today? Don't want that schizophrenia flarin' up again...
 
2014-03-21 07:12:44 AM
I hooked up with a girl who has an 11-year-old boy and 9-year-old girl. They found my Calvin and Hobbes compilations (5 of them), and have read through them all.

The boy still reads them before going to sleep every night.

The kids instantly dismiss the big hair of the '80s, and music from the '90s, but they love Calvin and Hobbes. It's a testament to how good this comic was.

"Brings a tear to me eye..." - Scotty
 
2014-03-21 07:15:12 AM
I love Calvin and Hobbes, even have the complete collection.  When I was a kid that was one of my favorite comics, alongside Bloom County.

That said, it's sad that Bill Watterson seems to dislike the internet and webcomics.  As much as he has railed about the flaws in the syndicated newspaper comic format, you'd think he'd embrace the freedom, both editorially and in format, of webcomics.  Instead he still defends a system he hates, a system that basically drove him to be a recluse.

I really think it's generational at this point, he doesn't really understand that a generation of cartoonists is growing up that don't have to worry about some syndicate editor griping about tiny details in his comic, or trying to merchandise something against his will, or his comic having to fit rigidly into a specific shape and size every day.

Yeah, not everybody reads the same comics every day, but some webcomics do have pretty broad audiences that is probably comparable to at least the less widely read newspaper comics.  More people of the generation growing up know about and read XKCD, Order of the Stick or The Oatmeal than probably know about half the newspaper comics out there now.  If I go up to a friend of mine and want to talk about the new Order of the Stick that came out or a comic The Oatmeal put up, they'll understand (I've even seen The Oatmeal posters up at my office, and I can't remember ever seeing posters for a syndicated comic at a workplace).  If I try to describe some random newspaper comic from the other day they probably won't (they MIGHT if it's Dilbert, but that's it).

Heck, I picked up a newspaper last week and looked at it and didn't recognize most of the comics.  Garfield and Dilbert were the only names I recognized.  The rest of the stuff was either lame Far Side rip offs (Bizarro and F Minus) or just unfunny three-panel comics that just seemed so watered down and lame that they were taking up space.
 
2014-03-21 07:18:01 AM

SquiggsIN: Looks like we have some militant C&H supporters here at Fark.

I liked the strip alright but, I was never "into" any comic (strip or book)


The comic wars are winding to a close, we have destroyed most major opposition leaving only bipedal talking cows and lasagna eating cats. Our spiff space corps has met with another setback today though, they keep crashing their ships.  The radio flyer brigade has successfully captured and destroyed 16 pans of lasagna in only two days of fighting.  Snowman losses are accelerating due to the warming weather but we should be able to maintain operational efficiency one our cold blooded T-Rex F16 pilots are less sluggish.
 
2014-03-21 07:29:45 AM

parahaps: C&H and Bill Watterson are both awesome, but I wish he weren't so dreadfully down on the Internet and webcomics. No, there's no one as big as Popeye or Dick Tracy, but there are many many comics with tens or hundreds of thousands of readers, many of whom make a living just from doing their comics.


Agreed, and I think his belief that people won't take the time to appreciate quality work or form connections to the characters on the Internet is flat out wrong. Penny Arcade, for example, has built up a massive global readership on this basis, even though they're confined to a niche topic (gaming), which would not have been possible in print media. So, great guy, but doesn't understand the medium. Probably he formed his opinions about the Internet a decade or two ago and hasn't changed them since.
 
2014-03-21 07:31:52 AM

Egoy3k: SquiggsIN: Looks like we have some militant C&H supporters here at Fark.

I liked the strip alright but, I was never "into" any comic (strip or book)

The comic wars are winding to a close, we have destroyed most major opposition leaving only bipedal talking cows and lasagna eating cats. Our spiff space corps has met with another setback today though, they keep crashing their ships.  The radio flyer brigade has successfully captured and destroyed 16 pans of lasagna in only two days of fighting.  Snowman losses are accelerating due to the warming weather but we should be able to maintain operational efficiency one our cold blooded T-Rex F16 pilots are less sluggish.


Meanwhile the good people at Path-E-Tech keep everyone supplied with weapons and equipment that work at least some of the time, nobody from Camp Swampy has deployed in decades because the paperwork keeps getting lost, and the Meadowcratic Party is trying to cut funding for the war but spends most of their time arguing with each other.
 
2014-03-21 07:34:19 AM

WinoRhino: TomD9938: Just never cared for it the strip.  Maybe that's why.

I apologize-- that was a douche-baggy comment by me anyway. Didn't get much sleep and I'm not exactly a morning person.



Well, I may have been fishin' just a bit there, so don't mention it.

For the record, while I don't share the passion for the strip, I do understand it.
 
2014-03-21 07:36:17 AM
 
2014-03-21 07:45:23 AM

Autistic Hiker: parahaps: C&H and Bill Watterson are both awesome, but I wish he weren't so dreadfully down on the Internet and webcomics. No, there's no one as big as Popeye or Dick Tracy, but there are many many comics with tens or hundreds of thousands of readers, many of whom make a living just from doing their comics.

Agreed, and I think his belief that people won't take the time to appreciate quality work or form connections to the characters on the Internet is flat out wrong. Penny Arcade, for example, has built up a massive global readership on this basis, even though they're confined to a niche topic (gaming), which would not have been possible in print media. So, great guy, but doesn't understand the medium. Probably he formed his opinions about the Internet a decade or two ago and hasn't changed them since.


I had no idea that he was so down on Web comics. That's too bad, because like everything, therein less the future. Penny Arcade, PvP, The Oatmeal (even if he hasn't updated in months), and how many others are huge. Like you said, Penny Arcade alone has huge market power and is able to influence a gigantic multi-billion dollar industry by making a single news post accompanying a three panel strip. Even Watterson couldn't swing that much lumber in his heyday.

Add to that a million little independent ones that never would have seen the light of day getting massive audiences now, I'd say this is a great thing.
 
2014-03-21 07:53:16 AM

Egoy3k: SquiggsIN: Looks like we have some militant C&H supporters here at Fark.

I liked the strip alright but, I was never "into" any comic (strip or book)

The comic wars are winding to a close, we have destroyed most major opposition leaving only bipedal talking cows and lasagna eating cats. Our spiff space corps has met with another setback today though, they keep crashing their ships.  The radio flyer brigade has successfully captured and destroyed 16 pans of lasagna in only two days of fighting.  Snowman losses are accelerating due to the warming weather but we should be able to maintain operational efficiency one our cold blooded T-Rex F16 pilots are less sluggish.


Remind me to add a favorable observation to your next performance appraisal.
 
2014-03-21 07:56:51 AM

Autistic Hiker: parahaps: C&H and Bill Watterson are both awesome, but I wish he weren't so dreadfully down on the Internet and webcomics. No, there's no one as big as Popeye or Dick Tracy, but there are many many comics with tens or hundreds of thousands of readers, many of whom make a living just from doing their comics.

Agreed, and I think his belief that people won't take the time to appreciate quality work or form connections to the characters on the Internet is flat out wrong. Penny Arcade, for example, has built up a massive global readership on this basis, even though they're confined to a niche topic (gaming), which would not have been possible in print media. So, great guy, but doesn't understand the medium. Probably he formed his opinions about the Internet a decade or two ago and hasn't changed them since.


I'd agree. If you look at some of the webcomics that are big enough to allow their artists to making a living making them such as Penny Arcade, Something Positive, Girls with Slingshots they are all at least as good as anything in print and have large and dedicated fanbases. If their readership isn't as ubiquitous as newspaper comics were 20 years ago...well, neither are newspaper comics today.
 
2014-03-21 08:03:16 AM

TomD9938: MooseUpNorth: TomD9938: Just never cared for it the strip. Maybe that's why.

Garfield or Cathy?

For Better or For Worse


they killed Farley! THOSE BASTARDS!
 
2014-03-21 08:07:43 AM
I like "Mutts" and "Pearls Before Swine", and "Mary Worth" has gotten a lot better since she's been rebooted as a twenty-something high priced call girl.
 
2014-03-21 08:14:13 AM
Maybe I could articulate it better if I was willing to put more time/effort into it but Calvin and Hobbes was at once both hysterical and deeply thought provoking.

alignmap.com
 
2014-03-21 08:16:58 AM

Chaide: Loved Calvin and Hobbes as a kid. I remember begging my mom for the giant compilation books and going through them every chance I got. I still thumb through them occasionally. Was never into Sunday comics in general, but C&H always captivated my interest.

Looks like the exhibit is open through August 3rd. I'm not too far of a drive from Columbus and would love to make it over there for this.


Columbus is just a few hours away, and we have to drive through it anyway to see my parents in TN. Sometimes we spend the night at a hotel...think we'll add this onto our trip for my sistsr's wedding in May. My husband loves C&H.
 
2014-03-21 08:18:21 AM

Shadowknight: Why does everyone act like he's some kind of recluse?  The guy teaches, does occasional commission work, speaks at colleges...  Just because he's not out there constantly going "Hey, you remember Calvin and Hobbes?!  I'M THAT GUY!" doesn't mean he's going all Howard Hughes in a hotel suite.


Nevermind that he's been giving quite a few of these "rare" interviews lately. He's not exactly guest hosting Letterman, but he's been talking.
 
2014-03-21 08:22:25 AM
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2014-03-21 08:24:42 AM

CarnySaur: I like "Mutts" and "Pearls Before Swine", and "Mary Worth" has gotten a lot better since she's been rebooted as a twenty-something high priced call girl.


was going to steal a pic of MW and tart her up in Photoshop so  -> Google-> Google Images-> Mary Worth GAAAAAAAA

quasimike: Finally, a reason to go to Ohio.


why not just use Skype?
 
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