William Boyd Watterson II born July 5, is an American former cartoonist and the author of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes , which was syndicated from to Watterson stopped drawing Calvin and Hobbes at the end of with a short statement to newspaper editors and his readers that he felt he had achieved all he could in the medium. Watterson is known for his negative views on licensing and comic syndication, his efforts to expand and elevate the newspaper comic as an art-form, and his move back into private life after he stopped drawing Calvin and Hobbes. Watterson was born in Washington, D. Watterson — worked as a patent attorney.
Bill Watterson - - Biography
After less than three years in syndication, it appears in more than newspapers. Watterson was born in Washington, D. Upon graduation in , he became the political cartoonist for The Cincinnati Post , an experience he remembers as relentlessly depressing but mercifully short. For the next five years, Watterson submitted comic strip ideas to the syndicates.
Calvin and Hobbes
Calvin and Hobbes is a daily comic strip created by American cartoonist Bill Watterson that was syndicated from November 18, to December 31, Commonly cited as "the last great newspaper comic",    Calvin and Hobbes has enjoyed broad and enduring popularity, influence and academic interest. Calvin and Hobbes follows the humorous antics of the titular characters : Calvin, a precocious, mischievous and adventurous six-year-old boy; and Hobbes , his sardonic stuffed tiger. Set in the contemporary suburban United States , the strip depicts Calvin's frequent flights of fancy and friendship with Hobbes.
He was author and artist during the strip's decade-long run. Calvin and Hobbes abruptly ceased publication in , when Watterson decided to retire. He is now removed completely from the public eye, and is reluctant to take interviews, preferring to let his work speak for itself. He drew Calvin's father to look exactly like himself, for symbolism.