Saturday, October 22, 2005

Everyone Misses Calvin & Hobbes

Calvin & Hobbes was one of the most innovative comic strips of its time. It's never easy for a cartoonist to portray a fresh perspective of childhood, but Bill Watterson managed to pull it off. He also pulled the plug ten years ago, and while it's sad that the strip disappeared when it did, we can be glad that Watterson did not allow his work to grow old and stale. In any event, the paperback collections of C&H still keep me entertained, and for that I'm glad. Watterson shared his talent with the world for a few years, then deservedly retired into private life.

Yet there are those who occasionally attempt, without success, to pry into his quiet life, and the anniversary of the strip's retirement is bringing out the media vultures once again.

These reporters are like the people back in the 1970s who kept asking when the Beatles would get back together. The only thing that stopped the speculation was the death of John Lennon. Calvin & Hobbes is over; learn to live with it. Don't keep hounding Bill Watterson to the grave.

His parents sure sound like polite, accommodating folks. They are a good line of defense against the media, killing them with kindness, I gather.

As nice as it would be to catch up with Bill Watterson, he isn't talking. He has a right to his privacy, and we should respect that. Calvin & Hobbes is his gift to us, and it will stay with us for as long as we want it to. We shouldn't ask him for anything more.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have a little Calvin of my own to go look after.

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