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Ask Nevin Martell about Looking for Calvin and Hobbes

A new book about Bill Watterson is due out in October by Nevin Martell who set to write a biography of Watterson and his influence on cartooning (see my review of the book). He spent 18 months interviewing over a hundred of Watterson’s colleagues, peers, friends and family members. He has agreed to take questions from you the Daily Cartoonist readers about his experience in researching, interviewing and learning about Watterson.

You can direct them to me editor@dailycartoonist.com or leave them in the comments. I’ll gather them and forward them to Martell and I’ll post the responses here in the near future. Thanks Martell for agreeing to the Q & A.

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#1 Mike Cope
August/13/2009
@ 12:13 pm

In the movie Superman Returns, Lois Lane is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for an article entitled “Why the World Doesn’t Need Superman.” She wrote it in anger after Superman left Earth on personal quest to find remnants of his home planet. As the movie progresses, terror grips Metropolis, and Lois realizes how wrong she had been.

As a cartoonist, Bill Watterson was undoubtedly one of the professionâ??s greatest superheroes, fighting with and against the powers that be to publish a comic strip that harkened back to the Golden Age of newspaper funnies. At the height of his popularity, he chose to leave us, to pursue a more personal quest.

But unlike Superman, he hasnâ??t returned.

Itâ??s no secret that newspapers are desperately struggling for survival. Costs of production are increasing, while circulation numbers and ad revenues are dwindling. As a result, editors and publishers are looking for ways to not only save money, but also preserve their own existence. Unfortunately, many comic strips are finding themselves homeless, right alongside their editorial cousins.

This is no slight against newspapers, for it’s the changing habits of readers and advertisers who are forcing this change.

Based on everything you learned about Bill Watersonâ??s influence and achievements as a cartoonist, what would you say to newspaper editors, publishers, advertisers, and readers, if you had an opportunity to write an article entitled â??Why the World Needs Newspapers Cartoonistsâ??

(That is, newspaper cartoonists of Wattersonâ??s calibre)

Thank you.

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