Watterson was born in Washington, D.C., 1958. At Chagrin Falls High School and Kenyon College in Ohio, he drew for the student newspapers and yearbooks. Upon graduation in 1980, he became the political cartoonist for The Cincinnati Post, an experience he remembers as relentlessly depressing but mercifully short.
Note pads and coffee mugs just aren’t appropriate vehicles for what I’m trying to do here. I’m not interested in removing all the subtlety from my work to condense it for a product. . . .
Q: [Why not a Hobbes doll]?
A doll communicates even less of the strip than [note pads and coffee mugs.] [A Hobbes doll would] take the character out of the world for which he was intended. If you stick 30 Hobbes dolls on a drugstore shelf [he’s] no longer a character . . . [he’s] just another overpriced knickknack.
[T]he whole intrigue of Hobbes is that he may or may not be a real tiger. The strip deliberately sets up two versions of reality without committing itself to either one. . . . It makes no sense to allow someone to make Hobbes into a stuffed toy for real, and deprive the strip of an element of its magic.
[A 1778 map made by Thomas Hutchins] mistakenly placed the Shaguin River immediately west of Biche River (Chagrin River). In order to make the map agree with French maps and early accounts which always showed the Roche River (Rocky River) several miles west of the Segequin River (Cuyahoga River), he moved La Roche east. This placed La Roche (Rocky River) east of the Segeuin (Cuyahoga River) and west of the Biche (Chagrin River), where there was in fact no river at all.
In 1796, General Cleaveland and a small group were sent to the Cuyahoga River area to survey. They found a river not traced on the charts and assumed it to be the Cuyahoga. After being temporarily lost for some time and feeling very “chagrined” about the situation they named the unmapped river the Chagrin River.
« Older This video shows the process of building a log cab... | Adam
L. Penenberg challenged ... Newer »
This thread has been archived and is closed to new comments
Buy a Shirt