Bill Watterson has a new interview out that’s been excerpted from “Exploring Calvin and Hobbes,” the catalogue for the recent Calvin and Hobbes retrospective exhibition at Ohio State’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum.
Damn. Rest in Peace.
A new exhibition in Brooklyn looks at a few examples from the more than four hundred pieces of fold-in art created by the MAD Magazine mastermind.
Just some guy who wants to be a “super hero” so he can wear the costume and reap the benefits of seeming important while doing as little work as possible. Pretty much the prototypical modern American male.
Where did he get his powers from?
He doesn’t really have any powers. If it appears like he does it’s probably because he’s dreaming.
Well then, in his dreams, what does he use his powers for?
Getting what he wants (beer, girls, chicken nuggets, whatever).
Does Whatever Man have any enemies?
I think there are a couple guys in the comic who follow the super villain trope, but they’re featured more as vignettes and don’t really interact with WM. If they do happen to cross paths they’re almost always victorious because Whatever Man sorta sucks at combat.
Who knows about Whatever Man?
Like his actual identity? Everyone, he can’t be bothered to wear a mask.
What happens next?
He tries to get a publishing deal and eventually optioned for a cartoon series or full-length feature that flops. Or just a free beer at the very least.