The elusive man behind Calvin and Hobbes has given his first on-camera interview and published his first cartoon in nearly two decades. According to Slate, Bill Watterson recently sat down for his "first-ever recorded interview" with David Kellett and Fred Schroeder for their forthcoming comic strip-focused documentary called Stripped. After viewing the film, Watterson liked it so much that he offered to draw up a poster for it, which the makers are boasting as the reclusive artist's first published cartoon in 19 years. Click through to watch the Stripped trailer and view a full-size version of the poster.
Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Waterston has always been vehemently opposed to turning his beloved comic strip into an animated series – or repurposing it for any medium – but animator Adam Brown (Ugly Americans) made this short video, which gives an idea of what a Calvin and Hobbes show would look like. Brown commented on YouTube that he'd try to make more of these videos, which is great news as long as Bill Waterston doesn't catch wind of it. He should at least appreciate that the video is very respectful and loyal to his work and a hell of a lot better than those "peeing Calvin" car decals. [...]
My Calvin and Hobbes anthologies sat unread at home on the highest shelf of my parents’ living room bookcase for almost ten years. My father sent them to me last week, and when they arrived in a beat-up box lined with tennis ball cans (don’t ask), I couldn’t even think of the last time I flipped through Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat or Weirdos from Another Planet, or any of the 12 collections my mom bought me when I was a kid. Not everyone had an obsession with Calvin and Hobbes, but I sure thought they were a riot, and still do now.
I first opened Attack of the Deranged [...]