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Old June 14 2014, 11:37 PM   #16
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Re: "Calvin and Hobbes" creator Bill Watterson returned to the comics

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Watterson said this specifically about Calvin and Hobbes but it could apply in general...

"This isn't as hard to understand as people try to make it. By the end of ten years, I'd said pretty much everything I had come there to say. 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, ten, or twenty 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. I think some of the reason Calvin and Hobbes still finds an audience today is because I chose not to run the wheels off it. I've never regretted stopping when I did." - Source
Oh, I 100% applaud his decision to close up C&H when he did. I'd just love to see more original content from him of another work entirely, is all.
Agreed. I'm not saying he has to get back to the grind of daily newspaper strips but I find it hard to believe that he's done so very little that's worthy of public consumption in the last 20 years.

Right from the outset, I thought I'd noticed a certain Watterson-esque flair to the art in those first couple strips. (The 3rd one actually has more of an Archie flavor than anything else.) But I assumed that Pastis drew them himself or else collaborated with someone else aping Watterson's style. IIRC, Pastis already experimented a little bit with incorporating C&H characters into PBS a while back showing where they ended up 20 years later. (Moe the bully became a door-to-door evangelist. I don't recall the rest of it.) I never would have believed that Watterson would have come done them himself.
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Old June 15 2014, 05:29 AM   #17
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Re: "Calvin and Hobbes" creator Bill Watterson returned to the comics

The Borgified Corpse wrote: View Post
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Watterson said this specifically about Calvin and Hobbes but it could apply in general...

"This isn't as hard to understand as people try to make it. By the end of ten years, I'd said pretty much everything I had come there to say. 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, ten, or twenty 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. I think some of the reason Calvin and Hobbes still finds an audience today is because I chose not to run the wheels off it. I've never regretted stopping when I did." - Source
Oh, I 100% applaud his decision to close up C&H when he did. I'd just love to see more original content from him of another work entirely, is all.
Agreed. I'm not saying he has to get back to the grind of daily newspaper strips but I find it hard to believe that he's done so very little that's worthy of public consumption in the last 20 years
You're making the mistaken assumption that Watterson wants to publish. He's always has been a very private individual and protective of his artwork. Besides, he's been more focused on painting than drawing since his retirement.
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Old June 15 2014, 09:57 AM   #18
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Re: "Calvin and Hobbes" creator Bill Watterson returned to the comics

Yeah, Watterson's his own man, no doubt about it, and I think that's great. But I'm still hoping this signals a desire on his part to put his work out there again in some form.
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