The famously press-adverse creator of Calvin & Hobbes, Bill Watterson, has given a rare interview in the newly released documentary on famous comic strip artists, Stripped.

In it, he opens up about his work and creative process, which Fast Company shared insights from:

You Have To Lose Yourself In Your Work: “My comic strip was the way that I explored the world and my own perceptions and thoughts. So to switch off the job I would have had to switch off my head. So, yes, the work was insanely intense, but that was the whole point of doing it.”

Create For Yourself: “Quite honestly I tried to forget that there was an audience. I wanted to keep the strip feeling small and intimate as I did it, so my goal was just to make my wife laugh. After that, I’d put it out, and the public can take it or leave it.”

Read the rest of the insights here and watch the documentary here.

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  • Les Gray

    “who is your audience?”; “who is your audience?” That was driven home by I don’t know how many experts. Now one of the person’s I admire for their creativity says “forget your audience.” I have struggled to be creative in my art when all the time I should have ignored the audience. This I will try to get my brain to obey.

    • Jake Jorgovan

      I agree with this Les. I struggle everyday with the battle of creating for myself, and creating for my audience. You hear the advice all the time of tailoring to the needs of your audience, yet here we have one my childhood icons telling me to create for yourself.

      Sometimes, I think it is better to just stop listening to everyones advice and spend more time creating.

    • Tracy Jackson

      Hi Les. Bill said he ‘tried to forget’ the audience, and focused on making one person laugh- maybe you can use that direction instead.

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