Bill Waterson Returns to Newspaper

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Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Waterson -- the recluse who's Northeast Ohio's greatest comic-art creator since Superman's Jerry Siegel -- returned to newsprint this week. He didn't have new cartoons, but he did weigh in some classics, writing a long review of Schultz and Peanuts: A Biography, a new biography of Charlie Brown creator Charles Schultz. The Peanuts strip was a major influence on Watterson, whose work is one of the few funny-pages serials with comparable psychological complexity. Schultz and Peanuts author David Michaelis presents the Peanuts strip as surprisingly autobiographical, with its creator as the basis of both dejected Charlie Brown and self-obsessed piano prodigy Schroeder. Click here for the full read. -- D.X. Ferris

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