- NAME: Bill Watterson
- OCCUPATION: Illustrator
- BIRTH DATE: July 05, 1958 (Age: 55)
- Did You Know?: Watterson first published "Calvin and Hobbes" when he was 27 and retired the strip when he was 37.
- Did You Know?: Watterson became the youngest cartoonist ever to receive the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award—the industry's highest honor—in 1986.
- EDUCATION: Kenyon College
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Washington, D.C.
- Full Name: William Waterson
- ZODIAC SIGN: Cancer
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Bill Watterson is best known for his comic strip creation "Calvin and Hobbes," about a boy and his imaginary friend.
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With the strip's popularity exploding, Universal Press Syndicate was eager to produce and sell "Calvin and Hobbes" merchandise. Watterson refused. Merchandising, he said, "would turn my characters into television hucksters and T-shirt sloganeers and deprive me of characters that actually expressed my own thoughts." That's why there are no official "Calvin and Hobbes" toys or t-shirts,
though unauthorized reproductions of the characters still abound. "I clearly miscalculated how popular it would be to show Calvin urinating on a Ford logo," Watterson once quipped, referring to the popular bootleg car window decals.
After 10 years of writing delighting readers, Watterson announced in 1995—to the heartbreak of fans—that he was ending the strip, saying that he had done all he could with "Calvin and Hobbes." The final "Calvin and Hobbes" piece ran on December 31, 1995.
Bill Watterson and his wife live in Cleveland, where he keeps a low profile and declines most interview requests. He says he has no regrets about ending the strip when he did. "It's always better to leave the party early," he said in a rare email interview with the Cleveland Plain Dealer in 2010. "If I had rolled along with the strip's popularity and repeated myself for another five, 10 or 20 years, the people now 'grieving' for 'Calvin and Hobbes' would be wishing me dead and cursing newspapers for running tedious, ancient strips like mine instead of acquiring fresher, livelier talent. And I'd be agreeing with them."
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