100 Comics Positives For 2013: Bill Watterson Is Still Loved
I think there are downsides to the fever-level affection that multiple generations of comics readers feel for Bill Watterson and his Calvin & Hobbes, gone almost two decades now, that was on full display this year. I think people should respect Watterson's wishes and leave him alone, and respect that work and leave it alone. But I'm happy that so many people still love such a quality comic strip, and there are a lot of positive values I ascribe to that work and its creator to which we can all aspire. I was thrilled to hear that a show of Watterson's originals will be the first solo exhibit at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum as it was announced late this year, and that he'd be joined by a cartoonist he admires -- the great Richard Thompson. Watterson's originals are beautiful and many are touchingly worked on in a way that similarly graceful cartoonists like Jack Davis or Hal Foster or Walt Kelly never were. I think it provides a human strip even more humanity.