Watterson wins top French prize

AFP-JIJI

U.S. cartoonist Bill Watterson, author of the worldwide cult series “Calvin and Hobbes,” won the top prize Sunday for his craft at France’s Angouleme world comic strip festival, organizers said.

Watterson, 56, won the grand prix at the 41st edition of the festival, beating Japan’s Katsuhiro Otomo (“Akira”) and Britain’s Alan Moore (“Watchmen”).

He was not present to receive his prize, the most prestigious of its kind in the French-speaking world.

“Calvin and Hobbes,” which catalogs the trials and triumphs of a 6-year-old boy and his toy tiger, is the chief work of this cartoonist, who syndicated it from 1985 to 1995. It has sold more than 30 million comic books worldwide and been distributed to 2,400 newspapers.