'Calvin and Hobbes' documentary hits cinemas November 15
Since then, film director Joel Allen Schroeder envisaged a documentary about Calvin and Hobbes, and in 2007 began filming interviews with fans. In 2009, Schroeder created a Kickstarter campaign to fund his project, which raised twice its initial goal of $12,000. A subsequent campaign raised $96,000. Now complete, the movie (Dear Mr. Watterson) has been picked up by a distributor and is scheduled to arrive in theatres November 15.
The documentary features comic artists - including Berkeley Breathed of Bloom County, Bill Amend of FoxTrot, and Stephan Pastis of Pearls Before Swine - discussing the legacy of Watterson's work, with comments by Lee Salem, Watterson’s editor at Universal Press Syndicate. The documentary also discusses Watterson’s stubborn refusal to concede the rights to Calvin and Hobbes, with the result that almost no legal merchandise of the strip exists, outside collected book volumes.