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Calvin

Calvin &
& Hobbes
Hobbes
• Created by Bill Waterson and one of the most
loved comic strips ever

• Featured daily for a decade from November 1985


to December 1995

• Featured in atleast 2400 newspapers

• The entire series comprised of 3160 comic strips


Calvin
• 6 year old American kid

• Named after 17th century French


theologian, John Calvin

• Lives mostly in a fantasy world of his


own
Hobbes
• Hobbes is a stuffed tiger

• Calvin imagines him to be real

• Named after the 17th century English


political philosopher Thomas Hobbes
• Script centered mainly in the east American
suburb

• Calvin is a stereotypical kid, stuck in the


system but constantly questioning it

• Adult like in thoughts, but very much a kid

• Imaginations are wild manipulations of real


world scenarios
• Hobbes is portrayed as a real individual
with thoughts and feelings

• Dim view of human nature

• Immune to silliness; that of humans and


of Calvin

• Voice of reason against Calvin's


impulsive imagination
• Wry humour with criticism of society

• Criticized the academia and artworld


through Calvin; eg. Snowmen, art critic

• Criticized consumerism, commercialism


and gadget culture through Hobbes
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