Is there anyone who doesn’t like Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes?
I say “like” and not “liked” in the past tense, because the
irrepressible Calvin and his faithful stuffed tiger Hobbes feel as
present and lovable now as when Watterson discontinued the comic strip
in 1995. If you don’t like Calvin and Hobbes, you probably haven’t read it. Or maybe you don’t have a soul. Either way, the legacy of Calvin and Hobbes,
a strip that ended seemingly at its prime and that endures despite its
creator’s vehement refusal of licensing and merchandizing, is a powerful
one. Mr. Watterson himself has avoided the spotlight ever since,
becoming, as one fellow cartoonist calls him, “the Sasquatch of cartoonists.” Dear Mr. Watterson, a new film by Joel Allen Schroeder,
traces the big footprints left behind by Watterson not to corner the
cartoonist personally, but rather to muse upon the magical hold his
characters still claim upon those who read him long ago as well as new
generations of readers. It’s a legacy that saddens with the thought of
memories gone by, but also gladdens with the hope that there will always
be the childlike glories of wonder and imagination. Please come over to Picture This at Big Think to read more of "What Is the Legacy of Calvin and Hobbes?"
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