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Best known for inspiring a generation through his comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, Bill Watterson was born on July 5, 1958 in Washington D.C. At the age of 6, he moved to Chagrin Falls, Ohio because his parents felt that a small town was the right place to raise him and his brother Thomas. Bill spent much of his childhood alone and used this time to work on his cartoons and drawing. Through his schooling, he developed a greater interest in cartoons and was inspired by works such as Peanuts and Pogo. He continued his education at Kenyon College, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in political science.

A brilliant expression of political satire, Calvin and Hobbes touched on politics, philosophy, war and more, and did so through the eyes of a 6-year-old and his stuffed tiger. A man who truly believed in his art form, Bill did not want to merchandise his work because he felt it would take away from its value. You can find Watterson’s work listed in our catalog, and remember…”It’s a magical World, Hobbes, ol’ Buddy. Let’s go exploring!”