Bill Watterson’s First Published Cartoon Since the End of Calvin and Hobbes

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Feb. 26 2014 5:30 PM

Bill Watterson’s First Published Cartoon Since the End of Calvin and Hobbes

Devoted fans of Calvin and Hobbes—and anyone who’s seen the recent documentary Dear Mr. Watterson­—know that its creator, Bill Watterson, effectively retired from cartooning after ending the beloved comic strip at the height of its popularity. (He’s done some painting and watercolors in the years since.)

But Watterson gave what is apparently his “first-ever recorded interview” (meaning, presumably, first on-camera or on-tape interview, since he’s done print interviews before, albeit rarely) to the makers of Stripped, a new documentary about comic strips. And he liked the film so much that he decided to draw the poster.

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Jesus Diaz at Sploid notes that this is, arguably, Watterson’s first published cartoon since the end of Calvin and Hobbes. Diaz also speculates that this figure could be a grown-up Calvin—the hair looks familiar—though I don’t think we need to speculate quite so wildly in order to take a lot of pleasure in this.

David Haglund is a senior editor at Slate. He runs Brow Beat, Slate's culture blog.

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