Mental Floss Snags Rare Interview With Calvin and Hobbes Creator Bill Watterson

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In 1985, Bill Watterson was, along with Gary Larson and Bill Amend, a titan of newspaper comics. At the peak of its popularity, his syndicated strip, Calvin and Hobbes, appeared in more than 2,400 newspapers worldwide. For a generation of readers, his work was a source of sophisticated entertainment and education.

Then in 1995, Watterson suddenly quit, going into seclusion in Ohio. In a parting letter to the papers that published his strips for a decade, he explained, "I am eager to work at a more thoughtful pace, with fewer artistic compromises."

In the almost 18 years since the last Calvin and Hobbes ran, Watterson has avoided the spotlight; but in the December issue of culture mag Mental Floss, Jake Rossen was able to get a few of his most pressing questions answered by the artist—questions about Watterson's life after comics, his absence from public life and rumors of animated adaptations of his famous strip.

The full interview will be in the December issue of Mental Floss.