Almost two decades after the end of Great-American-Comic-Strip Calvin and Hobbes, Bill Watterson has released new art. The reclusive (but occasionally quite chatty) artist appears in Stripped, an upcoming documentary about the history of newspaper comic strips. According to The New York Times, Watterson was such a big fan of the movie that he agreed to illustrate the film’s poster. It’s a vintage Watterson joint: Animal companion, articles of clothing spraying in every direction, a hilarious cartoon derriere. Stripped comes out in April — and also features interviews with the creators of For Better or For Worse, Penny Arcade, and Cathy –but you can check out the poster below: READ FULL STORY
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Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses! Sometimes we’ll look back at an essential part of the last twenty-five years of geek history. Today: A comic strip about a boy and his tiger.
I don’t think we love Calvin and Hobbes enough, and I’m trying to figure out whether I’m crazy for thinking that or if everyone else is crazy for not realizing that. I do know that saying “Calvin and Hobbes is underrated” is the equivalent of arguing that Meryl Streep deserves more Oscars, or that Breaking Bad didn’t get enough respect. Bill Watterson published the comic strip from 1985 through 1995, and during that time it became so popular that he was allowed to colonize half a page of every Sunday newspaper in the nation — a move that initially smacked of hubris but produced some of the greatest artwork in the history of the newspaper comic strip. READ FULL STORY
'Calvin and Hobbes' creator Bill Watterson gives rare interview, explains why there won't be a film adaptation
Spaceman Spiff won’t be hitting the big screen anytime soon. Neither will Stupendous Man, Tracer Bullet, or any other products of the precocious Calvin’s imagination.
In an email interview with Mental Floss, Bill Watterson, the famously reclusive mastermind behind the beloved comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, explained why he refuses to see his magnum opus adapted into an animated film.
“The visual sophistication of Pixar blows me away, but I have zero interest in animating Calvin and Hobbes,” he wrote. “If you’ve ever compared a film to a novel it’s based on, you know the novel gets bludgeoned. It’s inevitable, because different media have different strengths and needs, and when you make a movie, the movie’s needs get served. As a comic strip, Calvin and Hobbes works exactly the way I intended it to. There’s no upside for me in adapting it.”
Still, the cartoonist cleared the air about his reputation as a copyright control freak. When asked to verify a story about lighting an unsolicited box of Hobbes dolls on fire, Watterson responded, “No. It was only my head that burst into flames.” Plus, he says he has no problem with people animating the strip on YouTube, saying, “Every artist learns through imitation… I assume they’re either homages or satiric riffs, and are not intended to be taken too seriously as works in their own right.”
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