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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Dear Mr. Watterson: An Exploration of Calvin & Hobbes!

12.04.2013 – What makes a successful comic strip? Mostly everyone wants to be entertained and appreciate the artist for the creativity. The characters could be likable as anyone who have read and appreciate its enduring popularity.

Calvin & Hobbes is not just some popular comic strip which ran from 1985 to 1995. The readers who have seen its run wonders to this day the cultural impact of one such series, that Bill Watterson have created and this is the documentary…

Dear Mr. Watterson is a documentary not only about Calvin & Hobbes and its creator but its cultural impact. The legacy of Bill Watterson and his creation that he left behind, that inspired the artists of today changed the way comic strips where made.


The documentary started as a series of interviews by Joel Allen Schroeder wanting to understand the cultural impact of Bill Watterson’s decade-long comic strip, so he began as a series of fan interviews in December 2007.

Dear Mr. Watterson launched is kickstarter campaign in December 2009 ending in March 2010 which raised more than 200% of the goal of $12,000.00 US dollars.

They have interviews featuring Berkeley Breathed, Lee Salem, Stephan Pastis, Jef Mallett, Dave Kellett, Charles Solomon, Seth Green, Keith Knight, Jenny Robb, Tony Cochran, Andrew Farago (Cartoon Art Museum), Joe Wos (Toonseum), Jean Schulz, Jan Eliot, Bill Amend, and more.

There was also a second kickstarter campaign in order to fund the finishing of the project. The campaign was successfully funded July 14, 2012. The premiere was on April 9, 2013 and the limited release was on November 13, 2013.


The comic strip follows the humorous antics of Calvin, a mischievous, precocious, and adventurous six year old boy, and Hobbes, his sardonic stuffed tiger. The pair is named after John Calvin, a 16th-century French Reformation theologian, and Thomas Hobbes, a 17th-century English political philosopher.


The documentary is not only about Bill Watterson and Calvin & Hobbes it also tackles the ever changing landscape of comic strips in newspapers. This also revealed where the original strips that Watterson created is archived.

There were interesting insights about where Watterson took inspiration for his characters. Hi stand against making his creations to be licensed beyond the comic strip, and can still influence the next generations who would find the adventures of Calvin & Hobbes. Overall the documentary featured the cultural impact of Calvin & Hobbes it also gave insight how things change from print to digital. It’s something for the readers of the comic strip and for the younger generation.

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