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.