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Watterson reveals Angouleme poster, confirms he won’t attend


In an interview with the French site 20 Minutes, Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson debuts the poster he designed for the 2015 Angoulême International Comics Festival, but he says he won’t be attending the event.

Watterson was awarded the Grand Prix d’Angoulême last year, an honor that usually includes serving as president of the following year’s festival. But in the interview, the reclusive cartoonist says he won’t participate beyond designing the poster and sending some of his original art for an exhibit.

“To be honest, the world of festivals and their awards is very far from my daily concerns,” he said. “But I’m still flattered that people continue to appreciate my work.”

Watterson said he agreed to design the poster because he thought it would be an interesting challenge. He chose the comic-strip format to reference his own work, but he left out any dialogue to avoid the language barrier and thus make it more universal.

“Telling a story solely in images is one of the great strengths — and the great pleasures — that comics have to offer,” he said. “In this way, I hope I have succeeded in expressing both my own work and comics in general. And to pay tribute to that which makes this medium so pleasant to read.”

Angouleme poster 2015



Now THAT poster made my morning. And it reminds me that not having his work seen by most of the public is truly a shame. In a world of comics that rely on sarcasm, “wink wink nudge nudge” and a dark outlook, straight-out good humor and great storytelling is still a joy to behold.

I love his occasional forays back into art, but I really don’t care about his personal life. He’s a recluse, or not, I think it should be respected.

Honestly, I wish he’d do more than these one page or guest panels in the comic strips. A book of new Calvin and Hobbes or something else would be nice.

He’s still a genius and he’s still got it.

I think the representatives he’s sending deserve a shout out. They are Caitlin McGurk and Jenny Robb, the curators of The Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum and Library here in Columbus, Ohio. I believe it’s not just some original art ,but the entire incredible exhibit the museum had earlier this year.

He truly is a master of the medium. I too wish he was still producing a strip regularly.

A Real Black Person

November 5, 2014 at 3:54 pm

It’s a crime that this guy is not being offered a regular outlet for his comic strip work.

” a world of comics that rely on sarcasm, “wink wink nudge nudge” and a dark outlook, ” I’m not sure if can avoid darkness in humor. Humor comes from pain..and it often comes from deriving pleasure from the misfortune of others. I think the different between Watterson and a lot of contemporary humor cartoonists and humorists out there is he has avoided the kind of humor that divides people or is loaded with snark, which seems to be all the rage these days.

I think that may be perceived as being unhip. He may be perceived by editors and managers in the business unmarketable because he’s not targeting his work to a trendy demographic or niche.

@A Real Black Person – I’m pretty sure it’s not that Watterson isn’t being offered a regular outlet for his comic strip work so much as he’s chosen to retire from the daily grind. I don’t think there’s a problem with him being seen as unhip or otherwise unmarketable; the Calvin & Hobbes collections are still selling fine.

How’d that guy lose his shirt?

Sloppy French Kisser

November 5, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Bill, we miss you.

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