Bill Watterson is one of my all time favorite comic strip artists, which is saying something, because my tastes run toward the greats from the early part of the 20th Century like Herriman, McCay, Raymond, Foster, Kelley and such, but Watterson is one of the few contemporary cartoonists I would put in their company.
I’ll write a more complete post on Watterson at some point, but a recent post on Digg pointed to a nice little interview of sorts, in which Watterson responds to reader questions. This is part of the press materials for the release of The Complete Calvin and Hobbes on the Andrews McMeel site.
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Yeah, it’s an amazing series. You can browse and search the C&H collection at http://calvinandhobbes.awardspace.com/
There is no doubt that Watterson has achived the same level of artistry possessed by the earlier artists you mention. The piece reproduced here reminds me very much of Walt Kelley. I think it’s also important to note that beyond artistic skill, a distinctive sense of drama or humor are the other qualities that will vault a strip to such widespread popularity. Watterson’s pacing and humor are remarkable.
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