He is 6 years old and has a pet tiger named Hobbes. Calvin sees his tiger as real. To everyone else, Hobbes is a stuffed tiger. The adventure begins. This simple description does not convey the powerful insightful wise adventures Calvin and Hobbes have in the comic strip of the same name. They appeared in more than 2000 newspapers in the United States beginning in 1985. After ten years, the artist and creator, Bill Watterson, felt he had accomplished his goal, so in 1995, he stopped creating new scripts.
I am a big fan of Calvin’s wisdom, humor, struggles, imagination, fears, and a unique way of looking at the world. It helps me to feel I belong here, on earth, being myself. I even used Calvin & Hobbes in my first teacher training manual, Yogi’s World.
Calvin & Hobbes occupied such a special place in the American culture they even got their own postage stamp. A wonderful image of joy, protest, and fierce personal expression. But with all this fame the creator Bill Watterson made a bold decision. No licensing of Calvin & Hobbes for tee shirts, lunch boxes, coffee mugs, or any other item. It was estimated he could have made half a million dollars. His refusal was a powerful statement of his personal values and purpose. He said he created Calvin & Hobbes to say things, not to sell things. This level of integrity is rare. He wanted to say something about life, parents, imagination, and all the rest as a way to better understand ourselves. It had nothing to do with money, fame, or selling a Calvin & Hoppes baseball cap.
To be clear, there is nothing wrong with making money, selling your ideas and baseball caps with your artistic creation. Sharing his wisdom through the life of a six-year-old boy, was Bill’s focused passion. What distracts you from living your passion?
I found this gif on the internet years ago. A dance of joy, friendship, personal expression, and best of all, it is fun.