Once upon a time, there was a boy who grew up in the idyllic town of Chagrin Falls, Ohio. He loved comics and was really good at telling stories. He grew up and developed a really great one into a comic strip about a young blond boy with a vivid imagination and impressive vocabulary. The boy had a stuffed tiger that would come to life and join him for adventures throughout his neighborhood. Many consider this comic the greatest comic strip of all time. After a decade of wonderful work, the man retired at an early age, leaving the rest of the world wanting for more and still remembering this boy and his beloved tiger.
Most comic lovers know this as the story of Bill Watterson and "Calvin and Hobbes." Of the many questions and comments that we receive about our comics and cartoonists that are a part of the GoComics family, both creators and fans alike always point to "Calvin and Hobbes" as setting an industry standard that stands the test of time.
As the syndicate representing Bill Watterson, we greatly respect his privacy and appreciate that his work continues to grow from generation to generation. We wanted to share news of a film that is releasing next month (November 15) that celebrates his work and includes several Universal Uclick/GoComics cartoonists, along with some of our very own staff members!
"Dear Mr. Watterson" is a documentary by Joel Allen Schroeder that views like a love letter to Calvin and Hobbes and how comics impact the world around us. In the film, Schroeder's interviews include some of the finest cartoonists alive: Berkeley Breathed (Bloom County), Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine), Bill Amend (FoxTrot), Jef Mallett (Frazz), Jan Eliot (Stone Soup), Keith Knight (The Knight Life), Wiley Miller (Non Sequitur) and Lucas Turnbloom (Imagine This). Additionally, self-professed comics geek and actor Seth Green is interviewed.
Perhaps providing the greatest insight into the relationship and significance of "Calvin and Hobbes" were the segments with Universal Uclick President Emeritus Lee Salem (Bill Watterson's editor), Universal Uclick President John Glynn and Universal Uclick Managing Editor Sue Roush.
Watch the trailer for the film: