May 5, 2013
Merry Cartoonist Day!
I have had a life-long love affair with Calvin and Hobbes. I don’t remember when it started but it was probably far before I was old enough to understand the humor behind most of his work. If you haven’t lived on planet Earth or moved here after the early 90’s when Bill Watterson retired then here is a recap. Calvin is a very boy who drives everyone a little crazy with his ability to read the situation with startling aclarity and then make witty and accurate remarks about social or cultural folly. He has a stuffed animal named Hobbes who is his tether to reality and balances out his excitement with the perfect mix stability and playfulness. They have a variety of on-going situations and plots that are interwoven between childish exuberance for the world around and tongue in cheek pointing out the hilarity of what humans do and think is normal. One of my favorite on-going themes is about Calvin’s morose snowman dioramas that are both impractically large scaled and hilarious because of how most have no words but convey a very direct message. Genius! You can google it or here are a few to get you started.