The beloved comic strip ran for a decade – November 1985 to December 1995 – before Watterson called it quits, saying he had done all he could with it

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You don't have to be from Chagrin Falls, Ohio to know who Bill Watterson is. He's the creator of the iconic comic strip "Calvin and Hobbes."

But you do need to be in Northeast Ohio to see the "Dear Mr. Watterson" documentary about him and the beloved adventures of a six-year-old named Calvin and his stuffed tiger Hobbs.

The beloved comic strip ran for a decade – November 1985 to December 1995 – before Watterson called it quits, saying he had done all he could with the strip. There was much mourning and pleas for Watterson to continue – all to no avail.

So filmmaker Joel Allen Schroeder decided to make a documentary about the reclusive Watterson by talking to other comic strip artists and ordinary people who were impacted by the adventurous twosome.

The documentary was first screened at the 37th annual Cleveland International Film Festival back in April and won the Best Feature award at the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival in October in Chagrin Falls.

Starting Friday (Dec. 6) at a 1:45 p.m. showing, you can see the documentary at the Cedar Lee Theater at 2163 Lee Road in Cleveland Heights.

Know that 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.

It has now been 18 years since the end of the Calvin & Hobbes era. Bill Watterson has kept an extremely low profile during this time, living a very private life in Northeast Ohio.

The theater knows that he is remembered and appreciated daily by fans who still enjoy his amazing collection of work.

This film is not a quest to find Bill Watterson, or to invade his privacy. It is an exploration to discover why his 'simple' comic strip has made such an impact on so many readers, and why it still means so much to us today.

You can visit Chagrin Falls any time and enjoy what inspired Watterson to create what he did. The tiny village in Northeast Ohio has a lot of charm, especially at this time of year.

You can't go home again, as the saying goes, but you can go forward with a piece of your past. Embrace life and all what the future can be. What are you waiting for?

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