‘Calvin and Hobbes’ Creator Watterson: No Regrets Ending Strip 15 Years Ago

By: E&P Staff

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.?

This year will mark the 15th since Watterson discontinued the popular strip after 10 years of drawing the six-year-old Calvin and the stuffed tiger Hobbes who came to life in his imagination.

“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.”

The P-D said it’s believed to be the first interview with the reclusive artist since 1989. Check it out, here.

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