Oh my goodness Bill Watterson speaks

Bill Watterson, illustrator of Calvin and Hobbes and notorious recluse, has done a rare interview, about the strip, his life, and his legacy. He says:
I just tried to write honestly, and I tried to make this little world fun to look at, so people would take the time to read it. That was the full extent of my concern. You mix a bunch of ingredients, and once in a great while, chemistry happens. I can't explain why the strip caught on the way it did, and I don't think I could ever duplicate it. A lot of things have to go right all at once....Readers will always decide if the work is meaningful and relevant to them, and I can live with whatever conclusion they come to.
Hurray Bill, for writing something so awesome, knowing when he was done, and keeping his values strong (I would have sold out to merchandising day one, reader types. Just saying).

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    Bill Watterson is my favorite. In high school, I did an "author" report on him after convincing the AP English teacher that he was more of an author than some of the schmoes we read in class that didn't draw pictures.

    Finding 50 sources of information on this hermetic man at university libraries, pre-Google, was horrendous hard work. But it was an act of devotion on my part.

    Not to sound like an insanely crazed fan, but I have two copies of his entire collection, and I read a strip every day, like taking a mental vitamin. :D I've been reading Calvin and Hobbes since I was Calvin's age.