Each year the Grand Prix de la ville d'Angoulême is awarded to a living creator honoring his/her lifetime achievement, and the Grand Prix winner becomes president of the next year’s festival. Last year the winner was the legendary Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin & Hobbes.
That’s Ivan on the right, Master of PR & Events at comiXology.
A walk around the room gives an overview of Watterson’s influences, before breaking down Calvin & Hobbes into its basic elements, focusing on things like the importance of various seasons to the characters in the strip and the emphasis on C&H’s naive yet poignant philosophical discussions.
There was a glass case displaying some of Watterson’s tools, which at first glance looked kind of boring to someone who is not a creator themselves, but upon closer inspection each object had a description matching the wit that made Calvin & Hobbes so famous.
With so much of Angoulême being unfamiliar to me, it was comforting to see such a nice display of admiration for a work very close to my heart.
They’re all getting so big! Especially Hobbes. She’s just gotten HUGE lately! I need to get some weigh ins done soon! Last time Calvin and Hobbes were around 65g, and I think Bear was around 10g. I’m guessing Hobbes is pushing 80g, Calvin probably 75g, and bear is probably 8g. How many grams do you guess they are?