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Quote of the Day | Bill Watterson sets the record straight on “Calvin & Hobbes” ownership

billwatterson“Just to be clear, I did not have incredible autonomy until afterward. I had signed most of my rights away in order to get syndicated, so I had no control over what happened to my own work, and I had no legal position to argue anything. I could not take the strip with me if I quit, or even prevent the syndicate from replacing me, so I was truly scared I was going to lose everything I cared about either way. I made a lot of impassioned arguments for why a work of art should reflect the ideas and beliefs of its creator, but the simple fact was that my contract made that issue irrelevant. It was a grim, sad time. Desperation makes a person do crazy things.”

- “Calvin & Hobbes” creator Bill Watterson, during a rare interview with Mental Floss covering his career and the direction of comics moving forward.

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God I miss that kid!

David F. Pawlowski

November 15, 2013 at 9:30 am

It would be fitting if the community of artists who gift us with their wry insight push for Bill Watterson to be given the Presidential U.S. Medal of Freedom. He earned it and I am sure Spaceman Spiff and his cat co-pilot would agree. It would also be fitting if Mr. Watterson consider other projects beyond Calvin and Hobbes and not remain the comic equivalent of J.D. Salinger. Warmest regards to Mr. Watterson and whatever sainted Cat that inspired Hobbes.

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