8 Things I’d Like You to Know About Calvin & Hobbes By DEAR MR. WATTERSON Director Joel SchroederNovember 15, 2013
Calvin & Hobbes took center stage immediately when it appeared in newspaper comics across the country in 1985. The funny pages were a big part of popular culture, and it was hard to ﬁnd a comics reader who didn’t like Calvin & Hobbes.
It has now been 18 years since the end of the Calvin & Hobbes era. Bill Watterson has kept an extremely low proﬁle during this time, living a very private life in Ohio. Despite his quiet lifestyle, he is remembered and appreciated daily by fans who still enjoy his amazing collection of work.
DEAR MR. WATTERSON is not a quest to ﬁnd Bill Watterson, or to invade his privacy. It is an exploration to discover why his 'simple' comic strip has made such an impact on so many readers, and why it still means so much to us today. DEAR MR. WATTERSON is now available on demand.
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8 Things I’d Like You to Know About Calvin & Hobbes By DEAR MR. WATTERSON Director Joel Schroeder
The task of coming up with even a short list of facts that the biggest fans of Calvin & Hobbes will not already know is rather impossible. (Even as I was compiling this, another list of facts about the strip made the rounds on the internet.) But an easier task is to share some items that I’d simply like you all to know. I’ve chosen 8, as that’s my lucky number.
8. Watterson wrote and drew every strip on his own. No assistants, no computers. Just one man at his drawing board--and a wife who is “a good editor, and a pretty accurate Laugh-o-meter.”
7. Some characters in Calvin & Hobbes are based on or named after real-life people: Calvin's doctor & barber, for example.
6. In the mid to late 80's, Watterson and cartoonist Berkeley Breathed exchanged a series of entertaining letters and sketches.
5. The vast majority of the original Calvin & Hobbes artwork is on loan at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum in Columbus, Ohio at Ohio State University, where you can see it for yourself (or at least a selection of it, with an appointment).
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4. While the strip was being developed, Calvin originally had more of a bowl-cut hairstyle before he was given the spiky style we have come to love.
3. In order to get just the right type of ink line for a drawing in a particular Sunday strip featuring a large insect, Watterson turned to his backyard to find a stick that could be used as a pen to do the job.
2. The entirety of Calvin & Hobbes was written and drawn before Watterson turned 38 years old.
1. Bill Watterson and cartoonist Richard Thompson (Cul de Sac) are having an exhibition at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum starting March 22, 2014. Go see it if you can. Bill Watterson would likely tell you to read Cul de Sac if you aren’t familiar with it already.
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