Wednesday, October 30, 2013
I grew up on Calvin and Hobbes. Even today, when I am groggy in the morning I think of Zombie Calvin, warty and delirious. I dream of a cardboard box that could take me through time and space. And some day -- some day -- I will create my own snowman horror scene. (Maybe the best idea that there has ever been.)
Watterston's comic was filled with humor and also soul. And for me creator Bill Watterston himself is like J.D. Salinger, a total enigma. He stopped writing the comic even as it remained hugely popular. He's never publicly drawn anything since.
And he never wanted Calvin & Hobbes taken to another medium, animated or made into a movie. Which I really get -- have you seen Smurfs? The beauty of the strip lies in what your own imagination brings to it.
That's what makes this clip below so amazing. It's not Watterston approved, and yet it feels absolutely true to the Watterston spirit. I could watch it again.
And I probably will.
Posted by Jim McD at 9:01 AM