Ever Wished That Calvin and Hobbes Creator Bill Watterson Would Return to the Comics Page? Well, He Just Did.

As a die-hard fan of Calvin and Hobbes, I LOVED this story! Enjoy it if you haven’t already read it.

I'm Too Stupid to Travel

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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27 responses to “Ever Wished That Calvin and Hobbes Creator Bill Watterson Would Return to the Comics Page? Well, He Just Did.

  1. I love Calvin and Hobbes, and love Pearls Before Swine, and was so excited to read this!!


  2. This is a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing it with us.


  3. I don’t follow the comics, but that was an interesting read.


  4. I SAW that! My 12-year old daughter is fed a steady diet of Calvin and Hobbs books. She LOVES them. Reads them over and over. I’m just passing the torch.


  5. I heard about this! The man is legend. The comic strip is pure joy and heartache and to me, captures everything we had when we were young, and also everything we didn’t have but desperately wanted.


  6. That was the coolest story, how cool would it be to meet someone you worshiped like that. That would be very cool. Nothing like that ever happens to me, I just meet lame people…oh except for you, I don’t worship you or anything but I like you a great deal, that is pretty cool.


  7. Thank you for sharing this! I loved Calvin and Hobbes. I guess if it can’t come back as it was, just having a glimpse of his talent will have to do.


  8. Great story. My oldest son loves both those comics. I’ll have to pass this onto him.


  9. I was so excited to see this! How I miss Calvin and Hobbes. I still have every anthology packed away in a box somewhere. I’ll have to dig them out again and share them with my kids.


    • Calvin and Hobbes was/is the best. And your kids are at just the right age for starting to appreciate the comic. I think that it is designed for people of all ages, so as they grow up, they will see different angles in the same pictures!


  10. What an interesting story. Thanks for sharing, Elyse.


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