Bill Watterson is a renown American cartoonist. He is better known as the author of ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ comic strip which used to run from 1985 to 1995. Here are the complete details about the career, biography and the net worth of Bill Watterson in the year 2019.
Early Life & Biography
His full names are William Boyd Watterson 11, born in Washington D.C, on the 5th of July 1958. He was the son of Kathryn Watterson and James G. Watterson who was a patent attorney. The family relocated to Ohio when he was only six years old and he grew up together with his brother named Thomas. He is now a musician based in Texas.
He spent most of his time alone when he was a child. This made him interested in cartoons from an early age and he drew his first cartoon when he was only eight years old. Throughout his schooling, he used to draw for the school paper and also in the yearbook.
His interest in cartoons continued, and he discovered various comic strips that influenced and inspired him to be professional. He is a graduate with a degree in political science from Kenyon College.
Bill Watterson got married to Melissa Richmond in 1983. The couple was blessed with a daughter Violet Watterson.
Career, Awards, & Nominations
Bill had a passion for cartoons from an early age and his career kicked off immediately after he completed his college in 1980. He was employed at the Cincinnati post on a trial base. He did not work for long due to various challenges that he faced at the time.
He drew various merchandise like postcards, magazine covers, clothing graphics and educational books. He also drew on the album art for Thomas, his brother, and his band.
‘Calvin and Hobbes’ was published for the first time in November 1985. He incorporated values, interests, beliefs and other elements of his life in his cartoon work. His work was loved by many people and he published the cartoon for ten years.
He spent a lot of his time trying to change the ways people take newspaper comics. He believed they were not given enough space, and that they were always undermined. After he stopped publishing ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ he took into painting and other artistic activities.
He received the National Cartoonist Award both in 1986 and 1988. He was also awarded for being the youngest cartoonist with the Society’s Reuben Award.
Net Worth & Earnings
The cartoonist has a net worth of $110 million. All his wealth has come from him being a cartoonist and an author. He managed to turn his passion for cartoons into a successful career and has also earned him a lot of money.
Bill Watterson is a good example of the people who knew exactly what they wanted in life since they were young. His parents and the people surrounding him did not discourage him and they supported him to achieve his dream. He eventually made it in the entertainment industry and he is today a true legend as a cartoonist.