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Bill Watterson provides poster art for Stripped documentary

The upcoming release of Dave Kellett and Fred Schroeder’s documentary Stripped got a big win when Bill Watterson provided artwork for the poster.

From The New York Times Arts Beat:

“In the right hands, a comic strip attains a beauty and an elegance that really I would put against any other art,” Mr. Watterson says in his interview. Mr. Schroeder said, “It seemed like he really wanted to express some thoughts about comics and cartooning, where they had been and where they are going.” The retired cartoonist was so pleased with the documentary that he also supplied the artwork for the poster of the film.

What a coup for Dave and Fred and what a generous contribution from one of the great masters of the art. Documentary is released on April 2.

Community Comments

#1 Pedro Molina
February/26/2014
@ 3:04 pm

Nice!

#2 G Louis Johnson
February/26/2014
@ 3:28 pm

Love it! I can’t wait to see this documentary. I wish I had been able to participate in the Kickstarter.

#3 Jesse Cline
February/26/2014
@ 4:57 pm

Unbelievable. I’m still in shock they got him to do an interview for the film, let alone create original art for it. Dave Kellet must be on cloud nine right now.

Can’t wait to see the movie.

#4 Magi Addicion
February/26/2014
@ 5:22 pm

Awesome!

I want to know what info Dave Kellett is using to blackmail Watterson!

#5 Andy Anderson
February/26/2014
@ 8:04 pm

Simply awesome.

#6 Dave Stephens
February/26/2014
@ 9:44 pm

Newspapers have been disrespectful to their readership and their comics page for over 50 years now. If they could get away with it, they would remove them entirely as yet another cost-cutting move on their way to oblivion. Even on the web and on their mobile apps, newspapers barely acknowledge the existence of cartoons at all…

I’d love to hear an insider’s opinion on the current and future situation, especially from one of the all time greats who fought the good fight daily for Calvin and Hobbes.

#7 Tyson Cole
March/2/2014
@ 5:58 pm

I bet the guys who made the recent “Dear Mr. Watterson” documentary are pretty pissed that he’s doing all this for “Stripped” and didn’t do anything for theirs.
I’m excited though. Waiting for my copy from Kickstarter!

#8 chris sparks
March/6/2014
@ 9:45 am

Tyson,
I think there is a big difference in “DMW” and “Stripped”. DMW” is a love letter about C&H and focuses on the filmmaker and others love of the strip.

“Stripped” is about the cartoon industry and in my personal viewpoint, it would been incomplete not have Mr.Watterson in (voice) the movie.

I find the movie poster art just a reminder how much Mr. Watterson loves his comics strips.

Congrats on everyone involved in this movie. This is why I love comics.

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