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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Expanded Book Chronicles Search for Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes Creator

Posted By on Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 1:53 PM

Calvin & Hobbes doing what they do.
  • Calvin & Hobbes doing what they do.

An expanded version of Looking for Calvin and Hobbes: The Unconventional Story of Bill Watterson and His Revolutionary Comic Strip is now available in paperback. In two new chapters, author Nevin Martell continues his fruitless quest for the elusive Watterson, who grew up in Chagrin Falls and still lives in Northeast Ohio.

As with the previous version of the story, he ferrets out everything he can — short of an interview with the artist.

For the new parts, says Martell, “I got in contact with Watterson's college roommate, acquired a copy of the über-rare Teaching with Calvin and Hobbes [book], and had a chance to see the first art that the reclusive artist has exhibited publicly in almost two decades,” says Martell. “I also had the chance to really enjoy some time in Watterson's hometown of Chagrin Falls. It was so nice to be there without giving thought to deadlines and fact finding. Everyone there was so warm and welcoming, it felt like I was reuniting with my long lost family.”

(Scene is among the parties that have gone hunting for the Tiger’s creator, but failed. See “Missing,” November 26, 2003 )

Shortly after Martell’s book was published (in October 2009), Watterson gave his first interview since 1989, answering a half-dozen e-mail questions from the Plain Dealer’s John Campanelli. (The strip ended in 1995, and Time magazine ranked him as its No. 7 Most Reclusive Celebrity.) Martell says he addresses the interview in the new chapters, and the Italian version of the book will include the PD Q&A. — D.X. Ferris

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