I haven't really noticed much Garfield merchandise in the last year (only books and DVDs). I haven't neccessarily been looking for Garfield merchandise, but if the strip was over-licensed I should have seen a lot of stuff without looking for it. When I read about Bill Watterson's lack of interest in merchandising I wondered, "what about the various book collections?" I guess that's different or he doesn't have controll over how the strip is released (then again, he did write liner notes in the 10th anniversary collection, and some of the big color Calvin and Hobbes books had original material). I've also read that there were a few official Cavin and Hobbes products early on, I think one was an educational book or something. Having said that, it's a shame he wouldn't at least license the characters onto school supplies. I must also say, in the 10th anniversary book, Watterson says that licensing the characters would affect the "innocence of a six-year-old boy". And I think, what innocense? He has a distructive imagination, he often complains and causes trouble for authority... Not exactly innocent. Also, I find it ironic that the tenth anniversary book came out so soon to when the strip ended. I don't think Watterson even mentioned any plans to end the strip in that book. Hmm, I don't really want the thread to go off-topic from its original topic. Are there any existing threads on this forum about Calvin and Hobbes? Speaking of artists licensing their characters, I wonder, and I might not be able to get an answer here, how much does the average successful comic strip artist make a year without the extra cash from merchandise sales? And have there ever been any Family Circus toys?