An original Calvin & Hobbes strip
Chagrin Falls Library basement
Cartoonist Jef Mallett (Frazz)
Stupendous Man
Jenny Robb, Curator at BICLM
Little Nemo in Slumberland
The Fireside Book Shop
Berkeley Breathed (Bloom County)
The Cheapening of the Comics
Cartoonist Bill Amend (Foxtrot)
Director Schroeder & Author Martell
Watterson's early work
The woods around Chagrin Falls
The final strip
Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine)
Universal Uclick's Lee Salem
Hobbes playing Calvinball
Brian Anderson (Dog Eat Doug)

Calvin & Hobbes dominated the Sunday comics in thousands of newspapers for over 10 years, having a profound effect on millions of readers across the globe.  When the strip’s creator, Bill Watterson, retired the strip on New Year’s Eve in 1995, devoted readers everywhere felt the void left by the departure of Calvin, Hobbes, and Watterson’s other cast of characters, and many fans would never find a satisfactory replacement.

 

It has now been more than a decade since the end of the Calvin & Hobbes era.  Bill Watterson has kept an extremely low profile during this time, living a very private life outside of Cleveland, Ohio.  Despite his quiet lifestyle, Mr. Watterson is remembered and appreciated daily by fans who still enjoy his amazing collection of work.

 

Mr. Watterson has inspired and influenced millions of people through Calvin & Hobbes.  Newspaper readership and book sales can be tracked and recorded, but the human impact he has had and the value of his art are perhaps impossible to measure.

 

This film is not a quest to find Bill Watterson, or to invade his privacy.  It is an exploration to discover why his 'simple' comic strip made such an impact on so many readers in the 80s and 90s, and why it still means so much to us today.

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