February 03, 2014 2:52pm PT by Graeme McMillan
'Calvin & Hobbes' Creator Awarded the Angoulême Grand Prix
Bill Watterson, the reclusive creator of Calvin & Hobbes, was awarded the Angoulême Grand Prix this weekend, the highest honor offered at the Official Prizes of the 41st Festival International de la Bande Desinée in Angoulême, France.
The lifetime achievement award, the highest honor available at the international comics festival, is voted on by previous recipients. Watterson was only the second American to receive the accolade, following Art Spiegelman in 2012.
Thanks to Watterson's legendary hermit tendencies, the award was collected by Lee Salem, president of Universal Uclick and former editor of the cartoonist during the Calvin & Hobbes run in newspapers.
According to a report from Heidi Macdonald, Salem told the audience that he was "going to try and talk [Watterson] into" attending the festival next year. Given that the cartoonist has publicly broken his silence only twice in the 19 years since Calvin & Hobbes finished -- both times for written interviews -- such an appearance would be shocking, and would make Angoulême the must-visit convention of 2015.