Calvin and Hobbes

Interview (sort of) w/ Bill Watterson

I used to love the comics. I was a newspaper junkie & I read all the strips (even the ones I hated) every day. (Family Circus was like the brussels sprouts, C&H the dessert. I had to choke down FC first, then I could savor C&H, which I saved for last. I know, I’m weird.) Now…

Is it just me or have the comics sort of lost it over the last decade or so? There aren’t any that I’m addicted to (or even interested in) the way I was with C&H or The Far Side. I used to like FBoFW, but it jumped the shark a long time ago, IMO.

Anyhow. Calvin & Hobbes. My favorite comic strip ever. I could draw both C & H perfectly (I have a weird, useless talent for artistic mimicry — too bad there isn’t a market for that the way there is for Elvis impersonators!). I have, tucked away, the C&H T-shirt I made (with “98lbs of Trouble” on the back). Total copyright infringement, but I didn’t think about that at the time. It was an homage!