Calvin & Hobbes Creator Designs A Poster

Bill Watterson does Stripped

Calvin And Hobbes is one of the most beloved comic strips since Peanuts but its creator, 55 year-old Bill Watterson, hasn’t put comic pen to paper since retiring the characters 1995, instead passing the time painting and largely keeping out of the public eye. This poster is the first public Watterson cartoon for nearly two decades and if it isn’t a boy and his tiger tearing about on a toboggan, it’s the next best thing. The film it's advertising, Stripped, is a documentary that’s just debuted on the iTunes store. Launched in 1985, Calvin And Hobbes followed the amazing, mum-baiting antics of six year-old Calvin and the smartypants stuffed tiger he brings to life with the power of his imagination. With its energy and advanced sense of the surreal, it read like Bagpuss by way of Charlie Kaufman.

As the title hints, Stripped takes a nostalgic look at some of the heroes of syndicated comic strips. As well as Watterson, co-director Dave Kellett tracked down Garfield’s Jim Davis, Cathy creator Cathy Guisewite, as well as Mort Walker (Beetle Bailey), Jeff Keane (The Family Circus) and others. Head to the official site for the full down-low.