The Man Who Shaped Your Childhood Comes Out of Hiding to Draw Butts
Bill Watterson, the man who invented snowman grotesquery, taught me where the Yukon was, and introduced the term “bat barf” into my personal lexicon, has (at least temporarily) dropped his reclusive ways and put out his first public drawing since 1995.
That glorious bum there is the poster is for the documentary Stripped, a “love letter to comic strips.” According to Watterson,
Given the movie’s title and the fact that there are few things funnier than human nudity, the idea popped into my head largely intact. The film is a big valentine to comics, so I tried to do something really cartoon-y.
Watterson’s history with the comics industry was… complicated. By which I mean he didn’t even try to hide his animosity. While most of us know him for comics like this:
By the end of his public career, he was producing works like this:
Subtle, no? He also famously refused to license his characters for merchandising. And while I respect the hell out of the man, I’m positive my childhood would have been at least 30% happier if I’d been able to own a Spaceman Spiff lunchbox (with matching thermos!).
Stripped is already available for preorder on iTunes and Watterson says we’ll soon be able to see his second public drawing since ‘95. It will be “a silly picture that sums up my reaction to the current publishing upheaval.”
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