Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Calvin and Hobbes

I can't say I was ever the biggest fan of Calvin and Hobbes, but I would read the strip. I was a girl and a stuffed blue rabbit so, at some level, I had to respect a boy and his stuffed tiger. I think they had grander adventures, but a child and his stuffed counterpart have a very special relationship. Bill Watterson, the creator of Calvin and Hobbes, came out of his obscurity to grant his local paper an interview. The online versions is offered here. I do admire his attitude and find his answers amusing and insightful. Though I understand an artist wanting to leave on top, there is a part of me as a fan that does want something to continue on and on and on (yet is disappointed when quality doesn't live up to nostalgia) which is, of course, why artists have to do what they need to do to keep things fresh or to hold themselves to their own standards and not pander to the public (but it must be difficult not to pander when there is a giant paycheck attached).