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— Thomas Ragon (@ThomasRagon) June 10, 2014
If they were to produce a remake of Field of Dreams, suffice to say Bill Watterson would NOT be one of the characters.
The cartoonist, once so elusive that a whole book was written about trying to find him, , the Calvin and Hobbes cartoonsist is now on a veritable charm offensive. First there was the brilliant cross over with Stephan Pastis on Pearls Before Swine. Now there’s the official news that Watterson will draw the poster for the 2015 Angoulême comics festival — in January Watterson was elected president of the 2015 fest, a position which usually carries very active duties. Although it’s incredibly unlikely that he’ll attend in any way, he’s clearly happy with the honor.
Watterson has been far more public in the recent couple of years—he drew a painting for the Team Culde Sac benefit, drew the poster for the Stripped Documentary and has been interviewed in several places. There was also the retrospective of his art at OSU which he participated in.
There are signs we’ll be seeing even more of Watterson. In October IDW will publish a retrospective of the early satirical Puck Magazine, Puck: What Fools These Mortals Be, with an intro by Watterson. This project (which looks amazing) is even further afield than the previous Watterson sightings, so who knows where he might go next?
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.