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“Calvin and Hobbes” creator Bill Watterson gives rare interview

Mental Floss's Jake Rossen has scored the interview of a lifetime, becoming one of only a handful of people to ever have been granted a response by reclusive "Calvin and Hobbes" creator Bill Watterson. Watterson, who, after a long battle over copyright issues, quit producing the beloved comic strip in 1995 because he didn't want to make any "artistic compromises." Watterson purposefully disappeared into obscurity in his hometown of Chagrin Falls, a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, where he took up painting.

Mental Floss will publish the full interview in its December issue, but an excerpt made available online today shows what Watterson thinks about the current state of comics:

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