'Calvin and Hobbes' - a comic strip that hasn't run since 1995 - has seen a run of popularity this year. There was the documentary 'Dear Mr. Watterston' about a filmmaker's attempts to get 'Calvin' creator Bill Watterson to break his legendary silence. Then, Watterson broke his legendary silence...only not to that filmmaker. And now Leonardo DiCaprio is getting in on the fun, producing an upcoming film on one of the most influential comic strips of all-time.
Calvin and Hobbes
Since publishing the last 'Calvin and Hobbes' comic strip on December 31, 1995, Bill Watterson, the notoriously private creator behind the series, has only granted one interview (an e-mail exchange with his hometown newspaper, the Plain Dealer, on the 15th anniversary of the strip). Many have tried to get in touch with Mr. Watterson over the years (and a documentary is scheduled to hit theaters this year on that very topic) and almost all have failed.
But, inexplicably, Watterson has emerged from hiding and spoke at length about the legacy of 'Calvin and Hobbes' and the potential for an animated movie.