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“But Calvin is no kind and loving god! He’s one of the old gods! He demands sacrifice!”

 

Bill Watterson

“If you’ve got more ambiguous characters or stock stereotypes, the plastic comes through and they don’t work as well.”

 

Bill Watterson

“I’d always enjoyed the comics more, and felt that as long as I was unemployed it would be a good chance to pursue that and see what response I could get from asyndicate, as I didn’t have anything to lose at that point. So I drew up a comic strip – this was in 1980 – and sent it off and got rejected. I continued that for five years with different comic strip examples ’til finally Calvin and Hobbes came together. But it’s been a long road.”

 

Bill Watterson

“I guess I just don’t have the killer instinct that I think makes a great political cartoonist.”

 

Bill Watterson

“I think the experience forced me to consider how interested I was in political cartooning. After I was fired, I applied to other papers but political cartooning, like all cartooning, is a very tough field to break into. Newspapers are very reluctant to hire their own cartoonists when they can get Oliphant or MacNelly through syndication for a twentieth of the price.”

 

Bill Watterson

“Cincinnati at that time was also beginning to realize it had major cartooning talent in Jim Borgman, at the city’s other paper, and I didn’t benefit from the comparison.His footsteps seemed like good ones to follow, so I cultivated an interest in politics, and Borgman helped me a lot in learning how to construct an editorial cartoon. Neither of us dreamed I’d end up in the same town on the opposite paper.”

 

Bill Watterson

“My guess is that the editor [Cincinnati Post] wanted his own Jeff MacNelly (a Pulitzer winner at 24), and I didn’t live up to his expectations. My Cincinnati days were pretty Kafkaesque.”

 

Bill Watterson

“I was offered a job at the Cincinnati Post as their editorial cartoonist in a trial six month arrangement. The agreement was that they could fire me or I could quit with no questions asked if things didn’t work out during the first few months. Sure enough, things didn’t work out, and they fired me, no questions asked.”

 

Bill Watterson

“We’re not really taught how to recreate constructively. We need to do more than find diversions; we need to restore and expand ourselves. Our idea of relaxing is all too often to plop down in front of the television set and let its pandering idiocy liquefy our brains. Shutting off the thought process is not rejuvenating; the mind is like a car battery – it recharges by running.”

 

Bill Watterson

“I always think of “Popeye” and “Barney Google” as quintessential comic strips in that old rollicky, slapstick way we’ve sort of lost.”

 

Bill Watterson

“HOBBES: Virtue needs some cheaper thrills.”

 

Bill Watterson

“I chose to tell the story visually, so that anyone of any age, from any country, could understand it.”

 

Bill Watterson

“I guess I have a gift for expressing pedestrian tastes. In a way, it’s kind of depressing.”

 

Bill Watterson

“Miss Wormwood: Calvin, your test was an absolute disgrace! It’s obvious you haven’t read any of the material. Our first president was not Chef Boy-Ar-Dee and you ought to be ashamed to have turned in such preposterous answers! Calvin: I just don’t test well.”

 

Bill Watterson

“If you’ve ever compared a film to a novel it’s based on, you know the novel gets bludgeoned. It’s inevitable, because different media have different strengths and needs, and when you make a movie, the movie’s needs get served.”

 

Bill Watterson

“I think comics overall would be better. I think there’s a tremendous potential to be tapped.”

 

Bill Watterson

“I don’t enjoy lettering very much, but that’s the way I write and that belongs in the strip because the strip is a reflection of me.”

 

Bill Watterson

“A playful mind is inquisitive, and learning is fun. If you indulge your natural curiosity and retain a sense of fun in new experience, I think you’ll find it functions as a sort of shock absorber for the bumpy road ahead.”

 

Bill Watterson

“In a comic strip, you can suggest motion and time, but it’s very crude compared to what an animator can do. I have a real awe for good animation.”

 

Bill Watterson

“At school, new ideas are thrust at you every day. Out in the world, you’ll have to find the inner motivation to search for new ideas on your own. With any luck at all, you’ll never need to take an idea and squeeze a punchline out of it, but as bright, creative people, you’ll be called upon to generate ideas and solutions all your lives. Letting your mind play is the best way to solve problems.”

 

Bill Watterson