May 5, 1991 |
Calvin, the rambunctious, 6-year-old star of "Calvin and Hobbes," is going away--but not as Spaceman Spiff, private-eye Tracer Bullet or any of his other imaginary guises. Beginning today, cartoonist Bill Watterson is taking a nine-month leave of absence from his popular comic strip. Until Watterson returns with new material on Feb. 1, 1992, the Universal Press Syndicate will distribute reruns from the first 14 months of "Calvin and Hobbes" to newspapers, including The Times.
November 16, 1995 |
In the old days, successful comic-strip artists drew till they dropped dead--and sometimes longer, if their strips were bequeathed to others. Then, in 1983, "Doonesbury" creator Garry Trudeau rattled the industry by taking a 20-month sabbatical. "That sabbatical inspired other sabbaticals, and those sabbaticals led to retirements," says Steve Moore, whose "In the Bleachers" panel appears in about 200 papers, including The Times.
December 15, 1987 |
Scientists at the American Rocket Company (AMROC) in Silicon Valley are currently testing a pair of prototype commercial rocket engines that they've christened, Calvin and Hobbes, after the mischievous little boy and stuffed tiger in Bill Watterson's syndicated comic strip. (Two earlier engines were named Elwood and Jake, after the Blues Brothers.
April 1, 1994
"Calvin and Hobbes" cartoonist Bill Watterson will be on sabbatical beginning Sunday and continuing through Dec. 31. During that period, The Times will rerun selected "Calvin and Hobbes" cartoons from 1989 and 1990. Universal Press Syndicate, which distributes the strip to about 2,300 newspapers, said Watterson is taking a break from "the manic pace" of drawing the cartoon seven times a week.
February 15, 1987 |
"Calvin and Hobbes," Bill Watterson's ultra-popular newspaper comic strip about a difficult little boy and the toy tiger who serves as his imaginary companion, is getting some rare tributes lately--homages from other cartoonists. Teddy Monclava, the problem child in "Mary Worth," has been wearing a T-shirt with a picture of Hobbes, the tiger. And in "Bloom County," cartoonist Berke Breathed pictured character Michael Binkley in a T-shirt that read "Calvin and Hobbes Rule."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 1990
"How come we play war and not peace?" --Hobbes Bill Watterson, the comic-strip artist behind Calvin and Hobbes, has made a good point. We have wars because that is the environment we have grown up in. It is the first way we learn to solve problems. When we are kids, we play war; our heroes are GI Joe, Rambo and guns. How could anyone have grown up and not have had the idea of war stained deep into his or her brain? I can understand why kids play war but not why mature, wise, ignorant adults still play the same game.