Here's some must-read material for the weekend. Mental Floss somehow managed to pull off the impossible, and got an interview with the infamously press-shy creator of Calvin & Hobbes, Bill Watterson—proving once again why they're one of the best publications out there right now. It's Watterson's first interview in years, and it's a great read. The full interview is only available in the print issue of Mental Floss, but here are some excerpts, including Watterson's thoughts on animating Calvin & Hobbes:
The visual sophistication of Pixar blows me away, but I have zero interest in animating Calvin and Hobbes. 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. As a comic strip, Calvin and Hobbes works exactly the way I intended it to. There’s no upside for me in adapting it.
How he thinks Calvin & Hobbes fits into today's culture:
Personally, I like paper and ink better than glowing pixels, but to each his own. Obviously the role of comics is changing very fast. On the one hand, I don’t think comics have ever been more widely accepted or taken as seriously as they are now. On the other hand, the mass media is disintegrating, and audiences are atomizing. I suspect comics will have less widespread cultural impact and make a lot less money. I’m old enough to find all this unsettling, but the world moves on. All the new media will inevitably change the look, function, and maybe even the purpose of comics, but comics are vibrant and versatile, so I think they’ll continue to find relevance one way or another. But they definitely won’t be the same as what I grew up with.
And whether or not he's ever peeled one of those stupid Calvin stickers off a pick-up truck:
I figure that, long after the strip is forgotten, those decals are my ticket to immortality.
Considering the fact that Watterson didn't even give an interview to Joel Allen Schroeder's documentary about him, Dear Mr. Watterson, this is all pretty significant. You can check out more excerpts over here at Mental Floss, as well as their excellent cover art.
[via Mental Floss]