Calvin and Hobbes' creator Bill Watterson has returned with his first public work in 19 years.

It's about time, Bill.

Watterson just released his first original cartoon in nearly two decades: a poster for the documentary "Stripped," which celebrates comic strips and explores the decline of the newspaper industry.

The film's website says the documentary features the first-ever recorded interview with Bill Watterson, who apparently is a very private guy. It also features interviews with a number of other prominent comic strip authors.

"In the right hands, a comic strip attains a beauty and an elegance that really I would put against any other art," Watterson says in the film, according to USA Today.

Watterson's poster features a cartoonist getting knocked out of his clothes while reading a headline that blares "Bye-Bye Newspapers."

Hey ... that's not funny.

Calvin and Hobbes debuted in 1985 and, of course, followed the exploits of 6-year-old suburbanite rebel Calvin and his equally smarmy stuffed tiger Hobbes, who only comes alive for Calvin.

In 2010, Watterson -- who lives in the Cleveland area -- said he "never regretted" stopping Calvin and Hobbes when he did.

"I just tried to write honestly, and I tried to make this little world fun to look at, so people would take the time to read it," he told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. "That was the full extent of my concern. You mix a bunch of ingredients, and once in a great while, chemistry happens. I can't explain why the strip caught on the way it did, and I don't think I could ever duplicate it. A lot of things have to go right all at once."

Let's hope we hear from Watterson again ... soon.

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