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calvin_hobbes_640_480There has never been a comic strip that captured my imagination like “Calvin and Hobbes” .  I would even give “Calvin and Hobbes” collections as birthday, Christmas gifts etc. Spending a quiet rainy afternoon with a PBJ reading about Spaceman Spiff or  Calvin’s transmorgrifier would melt my worries away.

Joel Schroeder has now put together a documentary film that will celebrate and explore the art and impact of Calvin & Hobbes, created by Bill Watterson…..

About this project

Calvin & Hobbes dominated the comics in thousands of newspapers for over ten years, having a profound effect on millions of readers across the globe. When the strip’s creator, Bill Watterson, retired the strip on New Year’s Eve in 1995, devoted readers everywhere felt the void left by the departure of Calvin, Hobbes, and Watterson’s other cast of characters, and many fans would never find a satisfactory replacement.

It has now been more than a decade since the end of the Calvin & Hobbes era. Bill Watterson has kept an extremely low profile during this time, living a very private life outside of Cleveland, Ohio. Despite his quiet lifestyle, Mr. Watterson is remembered and appreciated daily by fans who still enjoy his amazing collection of work.

Mr. Watterson has inspired and influenced millions of people through Calvin & Hobbes. Newspaper readership and book sales can be tracked and recorded, but the human impact he has had and the value of his art are perhaps impossible to measure.wattersonrare

Dear Mr. Watterson is a film that will look to the readers and fans of Calvin & Hobbes to tell the story of the strip and its creator. As we explore the art and impact of Bill Watterson through this unique perspective, the undying appreciation and love of Calvin & Hobbes and the man behind it will be evident in the anecdotes, stories, and memories shared by readers of the strip and friends and colleagues of Mr. Watterson.

While the crew has been donating their time to make this project happen, we’ll be taking several trips to conduct interviews and collect footage, so the costs of air tickets, rental cars, meals, and motel stays will add up. If we raise our minimum goal of $12,000 all at once through Kickstarter, we’ll be able to move forward on this film with less of a funding hurdle, and the more we raise on top of that, the more we can do with the film, and the faster we can do it.

So many people have expressed such gratitude to us for making this film, and in turn, I have great appreciation for those of you who are able to support us in this endeavor.

Thank you so much for helping us reach $12,000. With so much time left, let’s see if we can double that!

Joel

Director, “Dear Mr. Watterson”

www.dearmrwatterson.com

Dear Mr. Watterson Kickstarter Trailer from DMW on Vimeo.

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