Catnip for comic fans: Interview with Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes

For their December issue, Mental Floss scored a real coup: an interview with Bill Watterson, the famously exploitation-averse creator of my favorite comic strip of all time, Calvin and Hobbes. There’s an excerpt of the interview on the Mental Floss site. Here’s what Watterson has to say about making an animated film of the strip:

“The visual sophistication of Pixar blows me away, but I have zero interest in animating Calvin and Hobbes. If you’ve ever compared a film to a novel it’s based on, you know the novel gets bludgeoned. It’s inevitable, because different media have different strengths and needs, and when you make a movie, the movie’s needs get served. As a comic strip, Calvin and Hobbes works exactly the way I intended it to. There’s no upside for me in adapting it.”

Great! I don’t want Hollywood telling me what Calvin or Hobbes sound like. I don’t want those characters forever associated with the voices of whichever actors are chosen to play those roles. Their voices, especially Hobbes voice, belong to each individual reader. 

By the way, did you know the entire run of Calvin and Hobbes is available free online? There goes half my day.

And speaking of big cats, Mental Floss cross-linked the Watterson interview with their re-post of this viral video from Big Cat Rescue, in which—spoiler alert!—big cats go ape for catnip: