After less than three years in syndication, it appears in more than newspapers. Watterson was born in Washington, D. Upon graduation in , he became the political cartoonist for The Cincinnati Post , an experience he remembers as relentlessly depressing but mercifully short. For the next five years, Watterson submitted comic strip ideas to the syndicates. Six were developed; six were rejected. Universal Press Syndicate snatched it up and launched it on November
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Bill Watterson was born on July 5, , in Washington, D. While attending Kenyon College, Watterson drew cartoons for the college paper, leading to a position at the Cincinnati Post. Watterson wanted to draw comic strips and began trying to syndicate his original creation, "Calvin and Hobbes," a cartoon about a rambunctious boy and his imaginary toy tiger friend that went on to garner wide fame. When he was 6 years old, Bill Watterson moved with his father James, a patent attorney, and his mother, Kathryn, to Chagrin Falls, Ohio.
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Nicole Cohen. The documentary, Stripped , is a self-described "love letter to comic strips" that includes interviews with, among others, Jeff Keane of Family Circus , Richard Thompson of Cul de Sac and Watterson himself. The poster shows a cartoonist being startled out of his clothing and into his birthday suit by a headline about the death of newspapers — all as his tablet-reading dog looks on. Watterson told The Washington Post , "Given the movie's title and the fact that there are few things funnier than human nudity, the idea popped into my head largely intact.
Calvin is named for a sixteenth-century theologian who believed in predestination. Most people assume that Calvin is based on a son of mine, or based on detailed memories of my own childhood. Calvin is autobiographical in the sense that he thinks about the same issues that I do, but in this, Calvin reflects my adulthood more than my childhood. I suspect that most of us get old without growing up, and that inside every adult sometimes not very far inside is a bratty kid who wants everything his own way. I use Calvin as an outlet for my immaturity, as a way to keep myself curious about the natural world, as a way to ridicule my own obsessions, and as a way to comment on human nature.