Comics Riff blogger Mike Cavna interviewed Cul de Sac creator Richard Thompson on the topic of doing a kids strip after Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes.
Richard sums it up:
Oh boy, has it ever. Calvin’s little sneakers are big shoes to follow, and don’t even try to fill them. Watterson pretty much permanently defined a hyperactively imaginative 6-year-old, who is, of course, the perfect occupant of a comic strip. Children fit into a comic strip remarkably well, especially those of small stature but vivid personality. Watterson’s genius was to not only create a particularly vivid kid, but to make that kid’s imagination the other character in the strip.
So my conclusion is, Watterson sure hasn’t made my job any easier.