"Calvin and Hobbes" Creator Bill Watterson Gives Rare Interview
It's been 15 long years since "Calvin and Hobbes" creator Bill Watterson retired the popular comic strip about a boy and his pet tiger. Despite having created the iconic cultural masterpiece, Watterson has maintained a very private life apart from his celebrity, almost to the point of being perceived as antagonistic of his fame.
In a rare interview with The Plain Dealer/Cleveland.com (purported to be his first since 1989) Watterson discussed with reporter John Campenelli ending his strip, what he's done since and how he'd like the strip to be remembered. Here's an excerpt from the interview, click on the link above for full text:
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With almost 15 years of separation and reflection, what do you think it was about "Calvin and Hobbes" that went beyond just capturing readers' attention, but their hearts as well?
The only part I understand is what went into the creation of the strip. What readers take away from it is up to them. Once the strip is published, readers bring their own experiences to it, and the work takes on a life of its own. Everyone responds differently to different parts.
I just tried to write honestly, and I tried to make this little world fun to look at, so people would take the time to read it. That was the full extent of my concern. You mix a bunch of ingredients, and once in a great while, chemistry happens. I can't explain why the strip caught on the way it did, and I don't think I could ever duplicate it. A lot of things have to go right all at once.