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  • Hmmm, so that is what Bill Watterson looks like. Calvin and Hobbes is my favorite comic strip and I never knew. He kind of looks like Calvin’s Uncle Max, if you remember him.

    • Dustin

      I love that Watterson is the teaser image for this article. Calvin and Hobbes is a classic from my childhood that is worth revisiting year after year. Great call on the uncle.

      Funny. That Simpsons reference to Pynchon was lost to me until reading this. I bet I laughed anyway and pretended I got it.

  • Gwen

    I can understand what it is to want to be reclusive. I find it very interesting to be driven to not want to be in the spotlight. Their muses want them to create yet their want to not be interviewed and chewed on by the fans and to want their creations to speak for them is what I think these artists wanted. I myself am a recluse and do not like people as a general rule. I can sympathize with every single one of these guys and feel for them.

    I loved the Calvin and Hobbs comics. I can feel the joy of being a child and having a stuffed tiger that came to life when you have no friends. The comics alone made me feel less alone. I loved them for this feeling alone.

    • Thanks, Gwen. I am the opposite, a glory hound for sure. Why else start this site? 😉

  • Franny and Zooey is not a novel but a pair of novella reprinted from the New Yorker. Pynchon has not given any interviews.

    • Yeah, I guess that is a bit unclear. Pynchon did once interview a band for an article in Esquire, and he also answered some questions via fax, but always on subjects other than his own career. There have been magazines that claimed to have interviews with him, but they're all most likely faked.

      That's interesting about Franny and Zooey. I've read the book, and I always assumed that the two sections were meant to be read together. I hadn't noticed that they were originally published separately.

  • joe

    dont forget the author"trevanian"he belongs on this list.

    • Evan

      Very interesting addition, Joe. I have to admit that I'd never heard of Trevanian before writing the list, but he definitely would've been a contender if I had. Here's the wiki article on him for anyone that's interested:

  • Yohan

    British graffiti artist Banksy is a favourite of mine, heres the wikipedia link for anyone thats interested

    • Banksy is a great addition. I wish I had a good excuse for not including him, but the truth is that I just forgot. Otherwise, he definitely would have made the list.

      • ambitionless

        I’d say Banksy doesn’t actually fit to this list. If he’d tell his true indentity he would probably end up in jail. The motive to stay out of the public eye is different than what the others have.

  • Jess

    Actually, Ninotchka was made in 1939. Garbo made one more film, Two-Faced Woman, before retiring.

    • Yep, that's definitely a mistake on my part. it should read the Two-Faced Woman, not Ninotchka. Nice catch, Jess.

      • Jess

        No problem. =]

  • pisces indecisive

    Kurt Cobain

  • Jimbob

    Beethoven! He was the original. How could he not be on this list?

  • red red

    nice list one more

    JJ Cale

  • ambitionless

    Where’s Howard Hughes?

  • Spencer Jackson

    One of the UK’s reclusive artists is a friend of mine – Colin Hall. He’s very talented, but his moods make him very hard to get to know. It’s worth the effort though.



    • David Hulks

      Hi Spencer
      I met Colin in our gallery last week. He did indeed seem extraordinary, and it was a privilege to meet him. Where can I find out more about his work, including past exhibitions?

  • rea

    nice nice list! Good work!