Wow. Just wow.
For those of you who don’t know, I have been a Calvin & Hobbes fan since I was a kid. I own every collection of C&H and, at one point, probably had every strip in the first book memorized verbatim (because I read it, like, 50 times).
So, I literally felt myself becoming choked with emotion reading this … Bill, oh Bill. Why won’t you come back to us??? It’s been far too long and there has been a void in our lives ever since you left. Re-reading the old strips helps, but it just can’t fill the hole left by your absence. But for this one shining moment, it was like we got a glimpse of you ourselves.
Bill Watterson is the Bigfoot of cartooning.
He is legendary. He is reclusive. And like Bigfoot, there is really only one photo of him in existence.
Few in the cartooning world have ever spoken to him. Even fewer have ever met him.
In fact, legend has it that when Steven Spielberg called to see if he wanted to make a movie, Bill wouldn’t even take the call.
So it was with little hope of success that I set out to try and meet him last April.
I was traveling through Cleveland on a book tour, and I knew that he lived somewhere in the area. I also knew that he was working with Washington Post cartoonist Nick Galifianakis on a book about Cul de Sac cartoonist Richard Thompson’s art.
So I took a shot and wrote to Nick. And Nick in turn wrote to Watterson.
And the meeting…
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I was ALL OVER that strip when I heard!! Ooooh, and you need to get Stripped! on iTunes – it’s a documentary about the history of comics and webcomics by Dave Kellett (Sheldon webcomic)….and the cover was not only drawn by Bill Watterson, there’s an audio interview with him!!!!
Cool. But ill be really very happy when Aaron McGruder’s BOONDOCKS comes back.
I loved Boondocks too, but Calvin & Hobbes will always be my #1! In fact, Aaron was very influenced by Watterson.
So funny! Bring back the transmogrifier!