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'Calvin and Hobbes' triumphs at French world comic strip festival in Angoulême

Front cover for the book 'Calvin and Hobbes' written by Bill Watterson
Front cover for the book 'Calvin and Hobbes' written by Bill Watterson Wikimedia commons

American cartoonist Bill Waterson, father of the worldwide cult series Calvin and Hobbes  won top French prize on Sunday. He beats Japan's Katsuhiro Otomo with his manga Akira and Britain's Alan Moore with his graphic novel Watchmen.

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Calvin and Hobbes trace the adventures of a six-year-old boy and his soft toy, a sarcastic talking tiger. 

The comic started in 1985, sold more than 30 million comic books worldwide, but stopped ten years later at the very height of its notoriety.

Appearing first in 130 newspapers, the series was eventually distributed to 2,400 newspapers around the world and translated into some 40 languages.

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

He received the US National Cartoonist Society's Reuben Award in 1986 and the best foreign book at the Angoulême Festival in 1992.

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