Dá até para imaginar o Bill Watterson (autor de Calvin & Haroldo) respondendo, por e-mail, as perguntas do repórter John Campanelli, do Plain Dealer. Velhinho, calmo, sem muitas preocupações – e querendo voltar correndo para o livro que estava lendo ou a torta que deixou no forno.
Em sua primeira entrevista em 20 anos, o autor responde, com uma simplicidade incrível, sua opinião sobre porque os fãs continuam amando as tirinhas de Calvin:
This isn’t as hard to understand as people try to make it. By the end of 10 years, I’d said pretty much everything I had come there to say.
It’s always better to leave the party early. If I had rolled along with the strip’s popularity and repeated myself for another five, 10 or 20 years, the people now “grieving” for “Calvin and Hobbes” would be wishing me dead and cursing newspapers for running tedious, ancient strips like mine instead of acquiring fresher, livelier talent. And I’d be agreeing with them.
I think some of the reason “Calvin and Hobbes” still finds an audience today is because I chose not to run the wheels off it.
I’ve never regretted stopping when I did.