Here’s a huge and very pleasant surprise: Bill Watterson, the creator of Calvin & Hobbes, who retired that strip in 1995 and has not published a cartoon in the years since, has drawn a movie poster.

The image is for the documentary Stripped, which is about the art and business of newspaper comic strips. Dozens of people were interviewed for the film by directors Dave Kellett and Frederick Schroeder, including Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics, Zot!), Cathy Guisewite (Cathy), Zach Weiner (SMBC), Bill Amend (Foxtrot), Jim Davis (Garfield), and Kate Beaton (Hark! A Vagrant).

Bill Watterson agreed to be interviewed for the film, and is heard but not seen. He liked the film and filmmakers enough to draw the movie poster, which you can see in full below. Read More »

Calvin and Hobbes

While Calvin and Hobbes have touched the lives of millions of people the world over, their creator Bill Watterson has historically preferred to keep to himself. But for whatever reason, he recently decided to open up to Mental Floss for a rare interview.

The story, which covers everything from the rise of digital comics to that legend about his burning a box of Hobbes toys, is a must-read for anyone who grew up loving this rambunctious little boy and his tiger pal. Among one of the interesting tidbits to come out of it is a definitive statement that there will be no Calvin & Hobbes movie, ever. Hit the jump to find out why.

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