A Comic Strip Legacy: Bill Watterson

Bill Watterson, the legendary creator of "Calvin and Hobbes"

"The world of a comic strip ought to be a special place with its own logic and life....." -Bill Watterson

Table of Contents

Publisher Information

Chronological Calvin

Problem and Solution Calvin

Calvin and Hobbes Dance Video

Descriptive Calvin


Publisher Informmation

Hello, I am Ryan Hickey, and I am a Student at Holman Middle School, doing an Inspirational Research project about Bill Watterson, the Creator of the Comic Strip "Calvin and Hobbes". Below are multiple paragraphs and organizers telling you about his life and accomplishments. I hope you like it.

Bill Watterson at the drawing table creating a strip.


               The birth of the creator of Calvin and Hobbes, was born July 5, 1958 at 8:26 AM, at the George Washington University Hospital, D.C. Bill Watterson, as a kid was very unlike his comic strip character "Calvin". He never had imaginary friends like Hobbes, usually stayed out of trouble, and did pretty well in school. As a kid, he developed interest in drawings. During 1976, Watterson was accepted at Kenyon College. He spent four years there drawing political cartoons for the college's newspaper.

The cover page of the Sunday comic treasury, "The Calvin and Hobbes Lazy Sunday Book".

Coming Out on Top

              Fresh out of College, Bill sent his first drafts of his political comic strip to countless newspapers. Sadly, they all were rejected. To earn money, Bill even had to work for a car dealership for around 4 years. A while later, Bill completely changed his strip around from a political cartoon to "Calvin and Hobbes". He was immediately accepted into his local newspaper, and later on in more and more newspapers, making his comic strip nationwide.  

Bill's Main Inspirations

       Bill was inspired by multiple cartoons. His main ones that he mentioned in his tenth anniversary collection were "Peanuts", "Krazy Kat", and "Pogo". His biggest inspiration out of these three was by far "Peanuts" by Charles Schulz. He stated in his tenth anniversary collection that he liked the simple dimensions and format of the strip. He also states how he likes the simple dashes to make it look like it's raining. Bill liked the idea, and added it to his own strip. His second inspiration was Walt Kelly's "Pogo". Also in Watterson's tenth Anniversary book, he states, "Pogo was a lushly drawn strip, full of bombast and physical commotion. The strip's dialog was a stew of dialect, pun, and nonsense, and the word balloons were often filled with Gothic type or circus poster letters to suggest the characters personality and voice." Lastly, Bill Watterson talks about George Herriman's Krazy Kat, and says that his strip fills him with awe, and that is more poetic than funny, and has a charm that's impossible to say.


https://s3.amazonaws.com/data.tackk.com/mio/35646979... (Picture of Calvin and Hobbes in a fort, making silly faces, etc.)

https://vimeo.com/29435575 (Video of Hobbes jumping on Calvin)

https://s3.amazonaws.com/data.tackk.com/mio/35690095... (picture of Bill Watterson at the drawing table)

http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcR9VimXgOA... (Picture of Calvin and Hobbes in front of the fireplace reading the comics.)

https://s3.amazonaws.com/data.tackk.com/mio/35678975... (picture of Calvin and Hobbes crossing a stream on a log)

https://vimeo.com/78040385 (Video of Calvin and Hobbes)

https://s3.amazonaws.com/data.tackk.com/mio/35679029... (Krazy Kat cover)

https://bv8envyltg3v.cloudfront.Peanutnet/mio/35... (Peanuts Cover)

https://733nvyltg3v.Pogo (Pogo Cover)



"Looking for Calvin and Hobbes"

"The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary book"

Comment Stream

3 years ago

i loved the way Calvin thinks he's safe but gets surprised by Hobbes

3 years ago

i also loved how you took actual pictures from the comic strip. Alex

3 years ago

It was so interesting how this went from a boring cartoon to such a funny cartoon. Harrison

3 years ago

I loved how you picked someone who made interesting cartoon characters-Asha