February 07, 2019
January 17, 2018
I like today’s Calvin and Hobbes because it also says a lot about the adult Bill Watterson.Calvin is ahead of his time, absorbed in the future. Bill Watterson was ahead of his time as a cartoonist, like his heroes/mentors George Herriman (Krazy Kat), Walt Kelly (Pogo), and Charles Schulz (Peanuts) before him.Calvin is most creative when he is lost in the world of his own imagination, disconnected from the “real” world. Similarly, Bill Watterson’s creativity depended on him being disconnected from the rest of the world to a large extent.Calvin lets out a sigh at the end of today’s strip, because he is being brought out of his own world and into the “real” world, against his will. Similarly, I can picture Bill Watterson sighing like this when he has been forced to deal with the “real” world, rather than being left alone in his own world where he has always been the most comfortable.Calvin’s imagination is pure genius. Bill Watterson’s imagination is pure genius. But then, come to think of it, Calvin’s imagination is…….. Bill Watterson’s imagination.