Dear Mr. Watterson is a documentary film that will celebrate and explore the art and impact of Calvin & Hobbes, created by Bill Watterson.
Calvin & Hobbes dominated the comics in thousands of newspapers for over ten years, having a profound effect on millions of readers across the globe. When the strip’s creator, Bill Watterson, retired the strip on New Year’s Eve in 1995, devoted readers everywhere felt the void left by the departure of Calvin, Hobbes, and Watterson’s other cast of characters, and many fans would never find a satisfactory replacement.
It has now been more than a decade since the end of the Calvin & Hobbes era. Bill Watterson has kept an extremely low profile during this time, living a very private life outside of Cleveland, Ohio. Despite his quiet lifestyle, Mr. Watterson is remembered and appreciated daily by fans who still enjoy his amazing collection of work.
Mr. Watterson has inspired and influenced millions of people through Calvin & Hobbes. Newspaper readership and book sales can be tracked and recorded, but the human impact he has had and the value of his art are perhaps impossible to measure.
Dear Mr. Watterson is a film that will look to the readers and fans of Calvin & Hobbes to tell the story of the strip and its creator. As we explore the art and impact of Bill Watterson through this unique perspective, the undying appreciation and love of Calvin & Hobbes and the man behind it will be evident in the anecdotes, stories, and memories shared by readers of the strip and friends and colleagues of Mr. Watterson.
While the crew has been donating their time to make this project happen, we'll be taking several trips to conduct interviews and collect footage, so the costs of air tickets, rental cars, meals, and motel stays will add up. With the funds raised through Kickstarter, we'll be able to move forward on this film with less of a funding hurdle.
So many people have expressed such gratitude to us for making this film, and in turn, I have great appreciation for those of you who are able to support us in this endeavor.
Thank you so much for helping us reach double our original goal!
Director, "Dear Mr. Watterson" www.dearmrwatterson.com
Yes! (Depending on when "right now" is.) We have a 2nd and final Kickstarter campaign going on from June 14th until July 14th at noon (PST). If you'd like to pledge, you can do so here: http://kck.st/KKqniL
pledged of $12,000 goal
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Dec 15, 2009 - Mar 15, 2010
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$1 for Calvin, $1 for Hobbes, & $1 for Bill Watterson. You'll get access to our Kickstarter updates, and that pleasant feeling of satisfaction.
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Online credit on our website, plus the above.
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DVD copy of the film plus all of the above.
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DVD of behind-the-scenes footage and/or extended interviews, plus all of the above, and the DVD of the film will be signed by the crew.
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"Special Thanks" credit in the film plus all of the above.
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Pair of tickets to a film festival screening of the film plus all of the above.
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Be in the film! Plus all of the above. (You will need to send us something to include in the film: either a photograph, written letter to Bill Watterson, or a Calvin & Hobbes inspired artwork you've created).
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We will send you a FLIP camera in order to record a self-interview, and we will make every effort to include a piece of it in the final cut, somehow. (Don't get too excited, you need to send the FLIP back to us). Plus all of the above.
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Associate Producer credit in the film plus all of the above.
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Associate Producer credit in the film and all of the above, plus an invitation to our first official screening in Los Angeles.