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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 18
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2014-03-21 06:42:07 AM  
7 votes:
I'd happily take Calvin and Hobbes or Bloom County anyday over the current crop of garbage strips.
2014-03-21 08:14:13 AM  
3 votes:
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.

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2014-03-21 05:30:50 AM  
3 votes:

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 09:18:09 AM  
2 votes:

Silverstaff: That said, it's sad that Bill Watterson seems to dislike the internet and webcomics.


i never get the impression that he doesn't like webcomics or the internet.  i think his main worry is that the art form of cartooning is nearly gone now, and the internet, to him, is not a suitable replacement for the newspaper.  cartoonists in the heyday of sunday comics could communicate with huge numbers of people and become truly iconic, like he mentioned dick tracy and popeye (note that he didn't use garfield as an example).  the ability to reach and maintain a huge audience like that on a daily basis was part of the magic of cartooning.  but modern newspaper comics don't have anywhere near the popularity these days, and most internet comics have a far more limited appeal and reach.

he doesn't come out and say it, but i think part of his problem is also the fact that many online comics are for adults only.  penny arcade is a good example of a successful online comic with a devoted audience, but they use foul language a lot and violent imagery sometimes, so children can't really read the strip with the same open mind that they can read something like peanuts or calvin and hobbes.  part of making cartooning a powerful art form again is to engage young readers, and penny arcade can't do that.  there also aren't a lot of successful online comics with the same kind of beautiful artwork that he feels is also important to cartooning.  and for every comic like penny arcade or pvp where the creator makes a living doing it, there are 50 other online strips where the creator can only do it as a hobby because they still have a day job.
2014-03-21 07:18:01 AM  
2 votes:

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 07:15:12 AM  
2 votes:
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 05:26:29 AM  
2 votes:

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 05:17:19 AM  
2 votes:

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 10:14:58 AM  
1 votes:

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


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2014-03-21 10:09:08 AM  
1 votes:
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2014-03-21 08:22:25 AM  
1 votes:
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2014-03-21 08:18:21 AM  
1 votes:

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 07:56:51 AM  
1 votes:

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 07:12:44 AM  
1 votes:
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 05:46:02 AM  
1 votes:

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 05:32:06 AM  
1 votes:

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


yes. "militant". uh-huh.
2014-03-21 05:23:22 AM  
1 votes:
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 05:13:44 AM  
1 votes:
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.
 
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