Stripped Away 

Calvin and Hobbes was a beloved, highly influential strip faithfully read by millions -- and then after a ten-year run it ceased. Series creator Bill Watterson retreated into private life, where he remains to this day, still refusing to license his characters -- an imaginative boy and his stuffed tiger, respectively -- or concede to interviews. Joel Allen Schroeder's documentary Dear Mr. Watterson explores Watterson's lasting creative and cultural legacy, and includes interviews with comic strip creators Berkeley Breathed (Bloom County) and Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine), but not (of course) the reclusive Bill Watterson. However, his hometown of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, which served as the inspiration for Calvin's hometown, makes frequent appearances. Dear Mr. Watterson screens at 7:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday (March 7 through 9) in the Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood Avenue; 314-968-7487 or www.webster.edu/filmseries). Tickets are $4 to $6.
March 7-9, 7:30 p.m., 2014

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