Calvin and Hobbes
Calvin and Hobbes is a daily American comic strip created by cartoonist Bill Watterson. It was syndicated from November 18, 1985 to December 31, 1995. In 1995, Watterson sent a letter to all newspapers announcing his plans to end the strip by the end of his syndicate.
About Calvin and Hobbes in brief
Calvin and Hobbes is a daily American comic strip created by cartoonist Bill Watterson that was syndicated from November 18, 1985 to December 31, 1995. Commonly cited as \”the last great newspaper comic\”, Calvin and Hobbs has enjoyed broad and enduring popularity, influence, and academic and philosophical interest. The strip depicts Calvin’s frequent flights of fancy and friendship with Hobbes. It also examines Calvin’s relationships with family and classmates, especially the lovehate relationship between him and his classmate Susie Derkins. The series does not frequently mention specific political figures or contemporary events, but it does explore broad issues like environmentalism, public education, philosophical quandaries and the flaws of opinion polls. In 2010, reruns of the strip appeared in more than 50 countries, and nearly 45 million copies of the Calvin & Hobbes books had been sold worldwide. In 1995, Watterson sent a letter to all newspapers announcing his plans to end the strip by the end of his syndicate. This made him only the second cartoonist since Garry Trudeau to have sufficient popularity to demand more space and control over the strip’s future. Watterson took a second sabbatical from the strip from April 3 through December 3, 1994, when he returned to the strip in 1992 with plans to draw his Sunday strip as an unbreakable half-breakable tabloid page. At the height of its popularity, Calvin and. Hobbes was featured in over 2,400 newspapers worldwide, and it was re-run in 50 countries in 2010, when the strip was popular that they had no choice but to continue to run it for fear that newspapers might pick it up and continue to draw its fans away.
The first strip was published in 35 newspapers in November 1985, and Watterson introduced all the major characters within the first three weeks and made no changes to the central cast over the Strip’s 10-year history. By April 5, 1987, Wat Patterson was featured. the Reuben Award from the National Cartoonists Society in the Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year category, first in 1986 and again in 1988. He was nominated another time in 1992, The Society awarded him the Humor Comic Strip Award for 1988. In April 1992, he took an extended break from May 5, 1991, to February 1, 1992, a move that was virtually unprecedented in the world of syndicated cartoonists. Watterson’s desire for privacy subsequently reasserted itself and he ceased all media interviews, relocated to New Mexico, and largely disappeared from public engagements, refusing to attend the ceremonies of any of the cartooning awards he won. The pressures of the battle over merchandising led to Watterson taking an extended hiatus in 1991, and he returned in 1992 to produce his strip in the Sunday morning slot. In March 1994, he announced that he had made the decision to end his strip, and that he would not return until he had produced his next strip in December 1994. In December 1994, the last strip was printed in the Los Angeles Times.