Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Jawbone #81: In Search of Bill Watterson

On this episode of Jawbone, I go in search for an American cartooning icon, the creator of Calvin and Hobbes, Bill Watterson. Out of the public spotlight for a decade, Watterson remains incredibly elusive and private. With my Sony mic and IRiver in tow, I travel to Chagrin Falls, Ohio and try to track down one of the most influential comic artists of the 20th century. And what I get is more than I ever expected. Listen in now! RUNNING TIME: 16:03 SHOW NOTES: Chagrin Falls, Ohio The Complete Calvin and Hobbes RSS feed. Download now. ON EDIT: The host for our podcast is having some serious issues and you may have had some problem getting this file. I have a temporary link up until their issues are resolved. I'm also looking for better, more reliable long term hosting plans. So if you have any tips, please send em along. Sorry for the inconvenience, folks. ON EDIT: This podcast just also got Boing Boinged by none other than Cory Doctorow himself. Hello to all you Boing Boing readers! Hopefully, my server will be able to handle all your requests. :) (Thanks for being down, Libsyn -- that's sarcasm, in case you were wondering.) ON EDIT: The file is now updated to point to our original host. Hopefully all of you who were trying to get it earlier and dealing with time outs and 404s can now get the file. (fingers crossed)


  1. Wow...I think it would be a fantastic opportunity to visit the birtplace of Watterson's genius. I bet if you ran through the hills and forests you would find images you could lift up and put side by side with the world of Calvin and Hobbes. I grew up reading Calvin and Hobbes, got a new book every birthday, and spent hours on my own adventures in the backyard, on the sled and in my little red cart. Your interview brought back a lot of fond memories. Thank you.

  2. Dave:

    Yes, the little ditty about Chargin Falls being trashed by Calvin is mentioned near the end of the cast.

    I live about 45 minutes away from "The Falls" so it's not really in my backyard. But it is a beautiful town and it holds a special place in my heart now.

    What is the coolest about the entire podcast that I didn't really mention is that I just woke up yesterday thinking "I'm going to do a segment for the show about Calvin and Hobbes." I never expected I would get anything more than just some locals chatting about not really knowing him. So it was a very pleasant surprise to actually get to talk to his mother.

    She is a charming woman. And I feel incredibly honored to have been able to chat with her.

  3. I too am a huge Calvin and Hobbes fan, but I think if Bill Watterson wants to be alone, then we, the public, should not stalk him. Dave, it's great that you know where he lives, but also a little creepy.

  4. I miss Calvin & Hobbes. Though there are a few decent strips out there today, none has ever compared with Watterson's offering.

    I'm a bit disappointed in him though. When he announced his retirement, I distinctly remember that he was stopping C&H only because he felt that he had done all he could with it and wanted to step it up with other projects.

    To date, I don't see any other projects coming from him. Regardless I thank him for the many wonderful memories. I still have the original cutout of his last strip hanging in my room.

  5. excellent work!

    in addition to being really well produced, you managed to capture and express the feel of the town.
    and in turn, explore one of watterson's large influences.

    well done!

  6. Calvin & Hobbes rocks... and now that I have my own little panel of Jawbone Art, I can see it with a whole new meaning.

    Thanks for giving us some great insight to the creator of a strip that influenced me... and my parenting...