It’s believed to be his first interview since 1989, or so and certainly the first the world has heard from him since he ended the famed strip in 1995. Hard to believe it’s been 15 years since the strip ended.
“I just tried to write honestly, and I tried to make this little world fun to look at, so people would take the time to read it. That was the full extent of my concern,” Watterson said. “You mix a bunch of ingredients, and once in a great while, chemistry happens. I can’t explain why the strip caught on the way it did, and I don’t think I could ever duplicate it. A lot of things have to go right all at once.”
When he decided to retire one of the greatest cartoon strips ever (honestly has there ever been anything on par with it’s depiction of childhood whimsy, creativity and thirst for adventure?), it’s pretty much when I checked out of reading comic strips. This of course, has nothing to do with the concurrence of also no longer reading a physical newspaper, but whatever.