Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Last week I felt a big thud in the house with no apparent cause. This has happened before. Sometimes heavy things fall over. Sometimes Mars the Ample Cat jumps down from a counter. Or the spring on the garage door breaks. Once, it was a small earthquake.
This time, though, it was just the Earth momentarily spinning off its axis. Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes, had submitted to an interview – his first since 1989.
The interview itself is more comforting than satisfying. Those of us who just want to know he’s OK, and maybe anywhere close to as happy as he’s made the rest of us, will get that. Those who had hopes that he’d suddenly turn logorrheic and go on about where he lives, what he’s up to, what deep thoughts he has about much of anything, or whether or not he’s secretly drawing a strip about a janitor and hiding behind a false name three-quarters of people mispronounce, will find it comes up short, but people who hope for such long shots have by now learned to live with disappointment.
It’s hard to believe it’s been 15 years since he quit drawing Calvin and Hobbes, that it’s been gone half again as long as it was here. On a more personal level, more and more these days, it knocks me back to see what he did in just ten years. Especially since Frazz is coming up on nine.
Anyway, thanks, Bill. I’m looking forward to knowing you’re OK in another 15 years.
Posted by Jef Mallett at 11:19 AM