Calvin & Hobbes on a Stamp
January 6, 2010 11:59 AM Subscribe
posted by jabberjaw (99 comments total)
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Calvin & Hobbes will be put on
a U.S. postage stamp
, honoring "Sunday Funnies," along with Garfield, Beetle Bailey, Dennis the Menace, and Archie. Although there has been no end to the homages
and unlicensed materials
regarding his beloved characters, creator Bill Watterson, "the only cartoonist who resented the popularity of his own strip," has expressed his disapproval of third-party appropriation in detail
A wordy, multiple-panel strip with extended conversation and developed personalities does not condense to a coffee mug illustration without great violation to the strip's spirit. The subtleties of a multi-dimensional strip are sacrificed for the one-dimensional needs of the product.
Even if Watterson hasn't approved, nothing in the USPS committee's selection criteria
requires artist approval.
Of course, an obligatory Calvin & Hobbes comic archive
, and, it being wintertime and all, an ancient angelfire site
. And, previously, Watterson rarities
, and other Calvin & Hobbes love