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June 17, 2005

Details on Calvin and Hobbes Do-Over

imageUniversal has posted details of their Calvin and Hobbes Fall re-run offer to newspapers, surely one of the grander sales gimmicks in modern times. There are also some nice reminders of what made Bill Watterson's strip pop out during its run.

If I were a newspaper editor, I would use the Calvin and Hobbes re-runs just so I could test the waters on getting rid of a strip without having fans in the audience direct its hatred towards its replacement. In fact, I would probably run Calvin, and then try out Franklin Fibbs in early 2006, which at least has a fantasy element and a drawing style that wouldn't look out of place taking over after Watterson's brief, ten-year-later victory lap.
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