The legacy of 'Calvin & Hobbes'

Jan 27, 2014
The February First Film explores the work of “Calvin & Hobbes” artist/author Bill Watterson.

Rockland — The Farnsworth Art Museum and the Strand Theatre will present “Dear Mr. Watterson: An Exploration of Calvin & Hobbes” as the First Friday Film Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. at the Strand, 345 Main St. The screening will be followed by a brief discussion.

“Calvin & Hobbes” dominated the Sunday comics in thousands of newspapers for more than 10 years, having a profound effect on millions of readers across the globe. When the strip’s creator, Bill Watterson, retired the strip on New Year’s Eve in 1995, devoted readers everywhere felt the void left by the departure of Calvin, Hobbes and Watterson’s other cast of characters … and many fans would never find a satisfactory replacement.

Watterson has inspired and influenced millions of people through “Calvin & Hobbes.” Newspaper readership and book sales can be tracked and recorded, but the human impact he has had and the value of his art are perhaps impossible to measure. This film is not a quest to find Watterson or to invade his privacy. It is an exploration to discover why his “simple” comic strip made such an impact on so many readers in the 1980s and ‘90s, and why it still means so much to so many today.

Tickets are $8.50, $7 for Farnsworth members, and may be purchased at the Strand box office prior to the film.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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