Anyone still holding out hope that the beloved Calvin and Hobbes comic would one day return anew, well, it's time to give up on that dream. Mental Floss magazine managed to snag a rare interview with the comic's reclusive creator Bill Watterson, who confirmed that he has no intention of writing new panels for the lovable comic strip.
"The visual sophistication of Pixar blows me away, but I have zero interest in animating Calvin and Hobbes. ... As a comic strip, Calvin and Hobbes works exactly the way I intended it to. There’s no upside for me in adapting it."
Watterson created and syndicated the adventures of a young boy and his stuffed tiger from 1985 until 1995, when he retired from the comic due to frustration with panel constraints and the daily grind. He understands the appeal of an adaptation, but he nixed those ideas. "You can’t really blame people for preferring more of what they already know and like," Watterson said. "The trade-off, of course, is that predictability is boring. Repetition is the death of magic."
It was a surprising interview for Watterson, who has stayed out of the public eye since the comic strip ended in 1995. Mental Floss editor told Poynter that he had "no idea" why Watterson agreed to the interview in the first place.
Watterson remains highly protective of his creation, eschewing merchandising and other uses of his works without his clear permission. But there was one adaptation that Watterson enjoyed: those stickers of the Calvin and Hobbes characters plastered on the backs of cars. "I figure that, long after the strip is forgotten, those decals are my ticket to immortality," he said.
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