Calvin: You can’t just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood.
Hobbes: What mood is that?
Calvin: Last-minute panic.
Haven’t we all experienced this at some point of time in our lives!
I was not so much of a comic strip reader till some time back and hence I cannot claim that I have read them all. But Calvin and Hobbes have been quite special
My first brush with the character was during a college event where I had to sketch a few animated Calvins’ for a cartoon fanatic senior. The association with Calvin was quite short lived. Sometime later, I stumbled onto some of the quotes and boy! The truth in them surpassed even the Monks and the Alchemists!
To the uninitiated, Bill Watterson came up the idea of a precocious six year old Calvin and his stuffed tiger Hobbes in around 1985. The comic strip was published from 1985 through 1995. In Calvin’s world Hobbes is a real life tiger, where as to the rest of the characters he is just a stuffed toy. Calvin’s sophisticated vocabulary brings out his highly philosophical thinking and Hobbes is his pragmatic side-kick. Together, they embark on journeys that take them into the past, future, outer space and various other fantasies.
What I love most about Calvin is the fact that he can express his thoughts better than most grown-ups, and he does this in the wittiest and humorous manner.
One of the initial quotes that really caught my attention was “Life’s disappointments are harder to take when you don’t know any swear words”. Through my rough patches I felt Calvin could better decode my thoughts. This one really got me hooked on to more. So every time I needed to express myself and I was not able to, I would turn to Calvin who would bail me out immediately. It has been a few years since I read the first quote, and it has been rare that Calvin has not been able to provide a medium to vent out my frustration.
Just to illustrate; a majority of us lead a routine life at work with just the weekend to look forward to. However on that occasional weekend when your boss expects you to turn up to office, would you not mumble to yourself “In my opinion, we don’t devote nearly enough scientific research to finding a cure for jerks”
We always live our life in reverse, wanting to grow up when we are young and then once we are all grown up, getting nostalgic about our childhood. Calvin lets you go on that fantasy trip where stuffed toys are your imaginary friends; your wardrobe is a make-shift space shuttle on which you can escape to any planet on wacky adventures. He lets you relive an upgraded version of your childhood.
Would you not wish that you were just as witty to come with such stuff each time you are faced with a situation? “I gotta get my life some writers.” But until then, well, “Reality continues to ruin my life”