What Makes Calvin and Hobbes So Great? – Episode 075

August 3, 2016

Calvin and Hobbes ran for ten years from 1985 to 1995. Bill Watterson, its creator, is famously protective of his creation. He retired at the top of his career, he has never authorized any merchandising of his characters, and he honed his craft over the ten year run until his strips became works of art in their own right.

The strip is a classic. It taps universal themes and brings real emotion and empathy to Calvin and Hobbes that takes it above the comedy.

We also check in about writing and publishing. Erik talks about writing for a “puzzle room” and Brent talks about the publication and marketing of “Three Truths and a Lie.” (If you want to skip the check-in, the main topic starts at 4:07.)

Your Hosts

Brent Hartinger
Erik Hanberg

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The first comic featuring Spaceman Spiff

Media Consumed This Episode

Calvin and Hobbes (comic strip)
Peanuts (comic strip)
Garfield (comic strip)
Chicago (film, 2002)
Shrek (film, 2001)
The Simpsons (TV series)


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