the calvin and hobbes creator talks about doing something cartoonists almost never do--retiring at the top of his game:
By the end of 10 years, I’d said pretty much everything I had come there to say.
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'm proud of the strip, enormously grateful for its success, and truly flattered that people still read it, but I wrote "Calvin and Hobbes" in my 30s, and I'm many miles from there.
An artwork can stay frozen in time, but I stumble through the years like everyone else. I think the deeper fans understand that, and are willing to give me some room to go on with my life.
you tell 'em, bill. most of the "grievers" really just wanted more "peeing calvin" anyways.
full interview here.