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Gravitas Nabs 'Calvin & Hobbes' Doc 'Dear Mr. Watterson' on the Influence of the Classic Comic Strip (TRAILER)

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood July 15, 2013 at 1:44PM

In time for Comic-Con, Gravitas Ventures has snapped up North American rights to documentary "Dear Mr. Watterson," which explores the impact of Bill Watterson's "Calvin & Hobbes" comic strip. It is directed by first-time filmmaker Joel Allen Schroeder.
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Poster detail for "Dear Mr. Watterson"
Poster detail for "Dear Mr. Watterson"

In time for Comic-Con, Gravitas Ventures has snapped up North American rights to documentary "Dear Mr. Watterson," which explores the impact of Bill Watterson's "Calvin & Hobbes" comic strip. It is directed by first-time filmmaker Joel Allen Schroeder.

Here's more info on the film, which had its premiere at the Cleveland International Film Festival:

“Calvin & Hobbes” dominated the comics sections of thousands of newspapers for over 10 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 lived a very private, if not reclusive life outside of Cleveland, Ohio. In his retirement, as he did during his career, Mr. Watterson has steadfastly declined to license his beloved Calvin and Hobbes characters for any wider commercial purposes, a principled decision that left perhaps hundreds of millions of dollars on the table.  DEAR MR. WATTERSON features commentary from leading cartoonists including Berkeley Breathed (Bloom County), Bill Amend (Foxtrot), Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine) and Seth Green (Robot Chicken and Family Guy). 

Gravitas is partnering with Submarine Entertainment for a theatrical and VOD release on November 15. 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.