Thrilled to See His Character Peeing
Watterson, the creator of the
popular comic strip Calvin & Hobbes,
is ecstatic to see his beloved character
make a resurgence on the dented bumpers
and dirty back windows of pickup trucks,
muscle cars and "sweet rides"
across the country.
am flattered, to say the least,"
gushed the retired Watterson via phone
from his Ohio home. " I never thought
to have Calvin urinate on things and
people, but I love it! Dropping his
pants and peeing seems like the logical
progression for that little scamp Calvin.
He loved throwing water balloons at
his nemesis Susie
Derkins; why not have him
take a wee-wee on her? It's genius!"
stopped producing his daily strip in
1995 and stopped production of his wildly
popular books in 1996. The revered Watterson
was one of the few cartoonists who did
not merchandise his characters (no dolls,
toys, or TV shows) because he feared
over-commercialization would ruin the
never wanted to see my characters on
lunchboxes or watch a TV show with some
woman doing a horrible 'Calvin' voice.
But I got to tell you, seeing Calvin
draining his pee-pee on Osama Bin Laden's
face rekindles my interest in doing
the strip. Maybe I'll put out my own
line of 'Official Peeing Calvin' products."
This might be a wise move. Watterson
does not see a single dime from the
sales of these unlicensed decorations,
which are sold at specialty stores like
Gift Shop, and Eddie
Bauer Home Store.
been laying low for a long time now,
and well, integrity doesn't pay the
bills, my friend. It might be time to
cash in," adds Watterson.
stickers are a favorite with drivers
from urban areas, as well as rural byways.
It is nearly impossible to motor through
the megalopolis of New Jersey or the
small Deep South state of Delaware without
seeing the sly-faced, penis-grabbing
Calvin taking aim at various targets:
Saddam Hussein, Arabs, Boy Bands, O.J.,
Chevy or Dodge logos (popular on Ford
F-150s), Charlie Brown, Born Again Christians,
Phish, vegans, Japanese motorcycles,
Mickey Mouse and Nicole Kidman.
little dude rocks. I just put one on
my new tricked-out Civic. It's the classic
version with the little dude just peeing
on the ground. Very subtle. Very classy,"
said Ricky Staples, a drag racer from
Turnersville, NJ. When asked why he
likes Calvin, Ricky admitted he was
not aware the character's name was actually
Calvin, nor was he cognizant of the
comic strip's existence. "I just
thought he was called
'The Little Piss Dude.'"
see bumper stickers as my way of expressing
myself and my interests," said
Nancy DeWalt, a sales assistant from
Turnersville, NJ. All my stickers, 'Peeing
Calvin,' 'My Son Beat Up Your Honor
Student' and 'My
Other Car is a Broom' let
other drivers know not to mess with
me because I don't take no crap from
nobody!" DeWalt also has 59 other
colorful bumper stickers displayed on
the back of her 1991 Ford Festiva. Most
of these weathered stickers also alert
other motorists that the driver does
not take any crap.
justifies the urination theme with some
historical contex: "I believe Walt
Kelly showed Pogo
lifting his little possum leg and marking
his territory in a few panels of the
early Pogo strips. And if I'm not mistaken,
Charles Schulz portrayed Linus
as a chronic bed wetter. So as you can
see, urine is definitely a funny and
acceptable subject for a cartoonist
how he could take the concept to the
next level, Watterson added, "I
would like to see the feline philosopher Hobbes
get involved. Since they are best friends,
they could wee-wee on many things together.
Maybe even leave a special surprise
in that annoying babysitter Rosalyn's
soda? The possibilities are endless."
just like to thank the person who first
took the character I held so dear to
my heart and had the courage and foresight
to put him on a sticker and make him
I owe you one."