Calvin and Hobbes Creator Makes Poster for Movie

Bill Watterson agrees to documentary maker's request
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2014 1:52 PM CST
Calvin and Hobbes Creator Makes Poster for Movie
Bill Watterson's poster for the documentary.   (

Calvin and Hobbes fans have a little something to celebrate: a rare, new drawing by Bill Watterson, creator of the retired but still beloved cartoon. Watterson agreed to make the poster for a new documentary about the cartoon industry called Stripped, reports the Washington Post. "It sounded like fun," says Watterson, who is among those interviewed in the film, though his appearance is brief and in voice only.

As for the resulting image: “Given the movie’s title and the fact that there are few things funnier than human nudity, the idea popped into my head largely intact,” he explains. “The film is a big valentine to comics, so I tried to do something really cartoon-y." Watterson did a painting for charity in 2011, and this new drawing is being breathlessly hailed as his "first cartoon" since the end of Calvin and Hobbes. At Sploid, Jesus Diaz wonders if the adult in the movie poster might be a grown-up Calvin. (More Bill Watterson stories.)

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