‘Hobbes’ creator intensely private

first_img His former editor, Lee Salem, also remains mum, saying only that as a painter Watterson started with watercolors and has evolved to oils. Watterson’s parents respect – but have no explanation for – their son’s extremely private nature. It doesn’t run in the family. Kathryn is a former village councilwoman, and Jim is seeking his fourth council term this fall. Their other son, Tom, is a high school teacher in Austin, Texas. Bill Watterson, 47, hasn’t made a public appearance since he delivered the commencement speech in 1990 at his alma mater, Kenyon College. But he recently welcomed some written questions from fans to promote the Oct. 4 release of the three-volume “The Complete Calvin and Hobbes,” which contains every one of the 3,160 strips printed during its 10-year run. – Associated Press 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week You might even expect Calvin to come bounding out the door with Hobbes in tow, the screen door banging behind them. After all, the guy on the front porch kind of resembles Calvin’s dad. Readers will remember him as the exasperated patent attorney who enjoyed gummy oatmeal and jogging in 20-degree weather. Sure enough, Watterson’s father, Jim, has a sheen of sweat on his neck, not from a run but from the 73-year-old’s three-mile morning walk. After “Calvin and Hobbes” ended, Jim Watterson and his son would paint landscapes together, setting up easels along the Chagrin River or other vistas. He laughed that sometimes they’d spend more time choosing a site than painting. But they haven’t painted together for years. So what’s Watterson been up to since ending “Calvin and Hobbes?” It’s tough to say. His parents will say only that he’s happy, but they won’t say where he lives, and the cartoonist could not be reached for an interview. Maybe someday, officials will put up a statue marking Chagrin Falls, Ohio, as the birthplace of “Calvin and Hobbes.” Just don’t expect cartoonist Bill Watterson to attend the unveiling ceremony. It’s been nearly 10 years since he abruptly quit drawing one of the most popular comic strips of all time. Since then, he’s been as absent as the precocious Calvin and his pet tiger, err, stuffed animal, Hobbes. Some call Watterson reclusive. Others say he just likes his privacy. “He’s an introspective person,” says his mother, Kathryn, standing at the front door of her home, its yard covered by a tidy tangle of black-eyed Susans and other wildflowers. It’s where Watterson grew up. Calvin lived there, too, so to speak. Watterson used the well-kept, beige Cape Cod-style house as the model for Calvin’s home. last_img read more