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Bill Watterson: ‘comics will have less widespread cultural impact & make a lot less money’

calvin_and_hobbesCalvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson granted an extremely rare interview to Mental Floss this month.

After years without speaking to the press, Watterson admitted that he has no plans to adapt his beloved comic strip: “There’s no upside for me in adapting it.” Here’s more from the new interview:

Obviously the role of comics is changing very fast. On the one hand, I don’t think comics have ever been more widely accepted or taken as seriously as they are now. On the other hand, the mass media is disintegrating, and audiences are atomizing. I suspect comics will have less widespread cultural impact and make a lot less money. I’m old enough to find all this unsettling, but the world moves on.

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Calvin and Hobbes Documentary Coming in November

A documentary dedicated to the legacy of Calvin and Hobbes is coming on November 15. We’ve embedded the trailer above, you can sign up for email updates about upcoming showings.

Artist Bill Watterson decided to end his beloved Calvin and Hobbes comic strip on New Year’s Eve of 1995. He avoided licensing his creations to toy makers or movie makers, but a Kickstarter documentary will examine his legacy. Here’s more about the film:

It has now been more than a decade since the end of the Calvin & Hobbes era. Bill Watterson has kept an extremely low profile during this time, living a very private life outside of Cleveland, Ohio. Despite his quiet lifestyle, Mr. Watterson is remembered and appreciated daily by fans who still enjoy his amazing collection of work … This film is not a quest to find Bill Watterson, or to invade his privacy. It is an exploration to discover why his ‘simple’ comic strip made such an impact on so many readers in the 80s and 90s, and why it still means so much to us today.

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Bill Watterson, ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ Cartoonist, Resurfaces in Interview

calvin23.pngFor the first time since 2005, cartoonist and ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ creator Bill Watterson has responded to emailed interview questions.

Over at Cleveland.com the reclusive artist gave another interview. He made it clear that he didn’t regret ending his popular strip 15-years ago at the height of his popularity.

Here’s an excerpt: “It’s always better to leave the party early. If I had rolled along with the strip’s popularity and repeated myself for another five, 10 or 20 years, the people now ‘grieving’ for ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ would be wishing me dead and cursing newspapers for running tedious, ancient strips like mine instead of acquiring fresher, livelier talent. And I’d be agreeing with them.”

Five years ago, Watterson was interviewed over email by fans about his work for “The Complete Calvin and Hobbes” (pictured, via). Here’s a quote: “The Internet may well provide a new outlet for cartoonists, but I imagine it’s very hard to stand out from the sea of garbage, attract a large audience, or make money. Newspapers are still the major leagues for comic strips…but I wouldn’t care to bet how long they’ll stay that way.”