Bill Watterson, creator of beloved 'Calvin and Hobbes' comic strip looks back ... cleveland.com
... It's always better to leave the party early. 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.
I think some of the reason "Calvin and Hobbes" still finds an audience today is because I chose not to run the wheels off it.
I've never regretted stopping when I did...Makes one miss his voice all the more. Of course, never return to Calvin and Hobbes, but does he really have nothing to say that we would like to hear?
What would it take to get a public speech? Presidential Medal of Honor? The Nobel Prize in Literature?
It would be cruel to wish such fates upon him, so I won't.
He is, and will forever be, perhaps the greatest master of the short graphic story.