Jake Rossen of mental_floss magazine got the opportunity for an exclusive interview with Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes, which will appear in the December issue. Selected excerpts are at the website. Watterson doesn't like to get personal, but was willing to talk about his work. And it looks like there won't be a Calvin and Hobbes movie anytime soon.
Years ago, you hadn’t quite dismissed the notion of animating the strip. Are you a fan of Pixar? Does their competency ever make the idea of animating your creations more palatable?
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.
Watterson also talks about the YouTube animations of his work, and how he became so protective about the characters he created.
How did mental_floss get to interview the notoriously reclusive Watterson? Even the editor doesn't know!