CALVIN AND HOBBES Creator Gives First Interview In A Decade

In what's believed to be the first interview granted by the reclusive creator of "Calvin and Hobbes" in more than a decade, Bill Watterson tells the Plain Dealer in Cleveland that he has no regrets about ending the strip 15 years ago.

"This isn't as hard to understand as people try to make it. By the end of 10 years, I'd said pretty much everything I had come there to say," Watterson said in an interview published in Monday's edition of the P-D. Watterson lives in the greater Cleveland area and answered questions by e-mail from P-D reporter John Campanelli.

"It's always better to leave the party early," Watterson said. "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.”


I found Watterson's take to be a relatively refreshing point of view. There is something to be said for knowing when to get off the stage and going out strong. We can all name film franchises, television shows, comic books, actors and athletes that hung around too long and lost the magic that made them special. CALVIN & HOBBES never did that and was elevated as a result.

While hardly hurting, Watterson has also turned down a host of licensing opportunities costing himself millions in the process. I'd be curious to see the number of offers he's had for a CALVIN & HOBBES animated movie or series over the past fifteen years. Then again, I'd also love to see the money generated by all the unlicensed "pissing Calvin" window decals sold over the years too.

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