Quite like Calvin, my human sidekick Calvy (pompously named after the cult child) misses a filter between his brain and mouth Bill Waterson, the creator of the iconic comic strip, once quipped, “Hobbes has the patient dignity and common sense of most animals I’ve met. Like Calvin, I often prefer the company of animals to people, and Hobbes is my idea of an ideal friend”.
Calvin’s rambunctious character and an intelligence quotient which is clearly superlative for a six year old along with Hobbes wisdom made for a great read. Though frequently depicted in the strip as a selfish kid, Calvin does exhibit a deeply caring side for fauna and flora. He often remarks on the pettiness of humans and envies the quiet dignity of animal life. The wonderful duo of Calvin & Hobbes which guided me through those innocent days of childhood is a part of my memoirs as vivid and lively as the moments that I have lived, here’s my list of favorite Calvin & Hobbes strips on issues ranging from environment to death. It is always hard to pick upon rubies amidst gems yet here we go!
# The Raccoon incident
One of the most endearing C&H strips ever, this incident delved upon the manner in which a child’s innocence encounters death for the first time. Look out for the end quote- “…But don’t YOU go anywhere.”
# The dead bird
What to say about this one…sheer poetry. Did anybody said philosophy?
#Calvin on Hunting
Calvin’s take on hunting industry’s rationalization of killing in the name of containment of overtly populated species. And as irony would have it, while the likes of Dodo have been wiped off the face of Earth, humans have multiplied like there’s no tomorrow!
# C&H on Environment
Calvin & Hobbes detested human activities that led to contamination of environment, be it the pollution, the garbage and litter thrown around, deforestation etc.
#Calvin & Hobbes on animals
The profound impact that Hobbes had on Calvin is depicted in many strips, Calvin often quoted that he loved being amidst furry friends over and above humans. Here are the dog’s favorite strips highlighting the animal-loving influence that Hobbes has had on Calvin.
Well, the list here would go on and on…would keep updating the post.
Hats off to Mr. Bill Waterson! My childhood would never have been what it was or what it still is sans the daily strip.
Note: All caricatures and strips are licensed to Mr. Bill Waterson.