Stripped poster by Bill Watterson
Are you sitting down, Calvin and Hobbes fans? No, the deliciously anti-establishment comic strip isn't returning, but its creator is – after a 19-year absence.
Bill Watterson, the genius behind the classic comic, has just released his first original cartoon in nearly two decades: a poster for the documentary Stripped
, a film that celebrates comic strips while exploring the decline of the newspaper industry.
Watterson also participated in the documentary, which the official site
bills as the first-ever audio interview with the very private artist.
"In the right hands, a comic strip attains a beauty and an elegance that really I would put against any other art," Watterson says in the film, according to USA Today
Watterson's new poster features a cartoonist at work who is literally knocked out of his clothes when he sees a headline that blares 'Bye-Bye Newspapers.'
It's an eagerly-awaited return for devotees of Watterson's classic comic strip, which debuted in 1985 and followed the exploits of precocious, anti-establishment Calvin, a 6-year-old boy in an unidentified suburb, and his equally smart-alecky BFF Hobbes, a stuffed tiger alive only to him.
In 2010, the Cleveland-area native, 55, reiterated that he "never regretted" stopping Calvin and Hobbes when he did – and is reticent to comment on its legacy.
"I just tried to write honestly, and I tried to make this little world fun to look at, so people would take the time to read it," he told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer
. "That was the full extent of my concern. You mix a bunch of ingredients, and once in a great while, chemistry happens. I can't explain why the strip caught on the way it did, and I don't think I could ever duplicate it. A lot of things have to go right all at once."