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Hephaestion
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posted 24 October 2005 03:58 AM      Profile for Hephaestion   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Has Watterson become a recluse?

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Some call Watterson reclusive. Others say he just likes his privacy.

"He's an introspective person," says his mother, Kathryn, standing at the front door of her home, its yard covered by a tidy tangle of black-eyed Susans and other wildflowers. It's where Watterson grew up. Calvin lived there too, so to speak. Watterson used the well-kept, beige Cape Cod-style house as the model for Calvin's home.

The guy on the front porch kind of resembles Calvin's dad, the exasperated patent attorney who enjoyed gummy oatmeal.

Watterson has acknowledged satirizing his father, who is now a semiretired patent attorney, in the strip. Jim Watterson says whenever Calvin's dad told him that something he didn't want to do "builds character," they were words he had spoken to his cartoonist son.

After Calvin and Hobbes ended, Jim Watterson and his son would paint landscapes together, setting up easels along the Chagrin River or other vistas. He laughed that sometimes they'd spend more time choosing a site than painting. But they haven't painted together for years.

So what's Watterson been up to? It's tough to say.

His parents will say only that he's happy, but they won't say where he lives, and the cartoonist could not be reached for an interview.

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Many of the best moments, though, were time spent alone with his pal, Hobbes.

"The end of summer is always hard on me, trying to cram in all the goofing off I've been meaning to do," Calvin tells Hobbes in an Aug. 24, 1987 strip, the two sitting beneath a tree.

Watterson ended the strip on Dec. 31, 1995, with a statement: "I believe I've done what I can do within the constraints of daily deadlines and small panels. I am eager to work at a more thoughtful pace, with fewer artistic compromises."



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Stupendous-Girl
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posted 24 October 2005 09:36 AM      Profile for Stupendous-Girl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Where is this guy anyway? I miss the strip, it was good and honest fun. Even Berkeley Breathed has made a comeback with his old Bloom County posse - bring back C & H!!! Even once a month would be fabulous!
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posted 24 October 2005 07:49 PM      Profile for person     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
anyone seen Frazz? looks like similar artwork...

FRAZZ:

CALVIN AND HOBBES:


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posted 24 October 2005 09:08 PM      Profile for CMOT Dibbler     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
There time line is slightly ratched. I think the comic strip began in 1989. I believe it ended in 2000.
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Hephaestion
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posted 24 October 2005 10:17 PM      Profile for Hephaestion   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well, I've always found some of the artwork of Kyle H. Cummings to be reminiscent of Watterson's:

Here is some more examples from his gallery, and here is the "front door" for his website: seekyledraw


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