Bill Watterson had a tabby cat named Sprite that was the inspiration for Hobbes in his iconic comic strip Calvin and Hobbes. Watterson mentioned Sprite in the Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book, saying “Our cat Sprite inspired much of Hobbes’ looks and personality. Sprite was a sweet cat with an unnerving tendency to come out of nowhere at high speed”.
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Bill Watterson is an American cartoonist and the author of the award-winning comic strip Calvin and Hobbes. After graduating from Kenyon College in 1980, Watterson began developing his comic strip, which was first published in 1985. Calvin and Hobbes quickly became one of the most popular comic strips of all time and ran until Watterson retired it in 1995. Throughout his career, Watterson has been known for his strong opinions on the importance of artistic integrity, particularly in regards to comic strips. He was a vocal opponent of merchandising and refused to license his characters for commercial use. He also rejected requests for television adaptations of Calvin and Hobbes, arguing that the strip’s humor would not translate well to a different medium. Watterson wrote and published an adult comic titled The Mysteries with artist John Kascht contributing the illustrations, which is set to release in October 2023.