“Calvin and Hobbes” cartoonist Bill Watterson made some art recently. This art made waves because it’s only the second piece of publicly viewable art since he retired “Calvin and Hobbes” in 1995. The creators for the documentary “Stripped” asked Watterson on a whim to create the poster, and to their surprise, he said yes. Bill Watterson talked about how it happened in an interview with the Washington Post.
Last fall I had a chance to see an advanced print of “Stripped” when I visited Ohio State University for Festival of Cartoon Art hosted by the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum. The premise of the documentary is that newspapers are dying, and that the chances of a new cartoonist making a career as a syndicated cartoonist are slim. What I found interesting is that the industry is changing so quickly that some of the premises that the documentary makers had as they were filming have already, in some ways, become obsolete.
If you weren’t one of the backers who supported filmakers Dave Kellett and Fred Schroeder in their Kickstarter campaign, you may pre-order “Stripped” yourself from iTunes.