I will be stopping Calvin and Hobbes

Letters of Note has a copy of the letter Bill Watterson sent to newspaper editors in 1995 announcing that he was no longer going to be drawing the cherished Calvin and Hobbes comic strip.

This was not a recent or an easy decision, and I leave with some sadness. My interests have shifted however, and I believe I’ve done what I can do within the constraints of daily deadlines and small panels. I am eager to work at a more thoughtful pace, with fewer artistic compromises.

That last strip still gets me.

An Interview with Bill Watterson

The Creator of Calvin and Hobbes gives a brief email interview 15 years after he called it quits.

It’s always better to leave the party early. If I had rolled along with the strip’s popularity and repeated myself for another five, 10 or 20 years, the people now “grieving” for “Calvin and Hobbes” would be wishing me dead and cursing newspapers for running tedious, ancient strips like mine instead of acquiring fresher, livelier talent. And I’d be agreeing with them.

I think some of the reason “Calvin and Hobbes” still finds an audience today is because I chose not to run the wheels off it.

I’ve never regretted stopping when I did.

(via df)