07 September 2007

Calvin and Hobbes


Calvin and Hobbes is a comic strip written and illustrated by Bill Watterson, following the humorous antics of Calvin, an imaginative six-year old boy, and Hobbes, his energetic tiger.The strip is vaguely set in the contemporary Midwestern United States, on the outskirts of suburbia, a location probably inspired by Watterson's home town of Chagrin Falls, Ohio.The broad themes of the strip deal with Calvin's flights of fantasy, his friendship with Hobbes, his misadventures, his views on a diverse range of political and cultural issues and his relationships and interactions with his parents, classmates, educators, and other members of society.Because of Watterson's strong anti-merchandising sentiments, almost no legitimate Calvin and Hobbes merchandise exists outside of the book collections.
Calvin: Named as theologian John Calvin, Calvin is an impulsive, sometimes overly creative, imaginative, energetic, curious, intelligent, and often selfish six-year-old, whose last name the strip never gives. Despite his low grades, Calvin has a wide vocabulary range that rivals that of an adult as well as an emerging philosophical mind, implying that he comes from a naturally literate family.

Hobbes: In the classic comic tradition of sidekicks, Hobbes represents Calvin's potential maturity and externalized conscience.From everyone else's point of view, Hobbes is Calvin's stuffed tiger.From Calvin's point of view, however, Hobbes is an anthropomorphic tiger, much larger than Calvin and full of his own attitudes and ideas.He is named as the philosopher Thomas Hobbes.

Calvin's Family: Calvin's mother and father are for the most part typical Middle American middle-class parents. Like many other characters in the strip, their relatively down-to-earth and sensible attitudes serve primarily as a foil for Calvin's outlandish behavior.

Susie Derkins: She's the only important character with both a first and last name, is a classmate of Calvin's who lives in his neighborhood. In contrast with Calvin, she is polite and diligent in her studies, and her imagination usually seems mild-mannered and civilized.


Information: www.Calvinyhobbes.com and Wikipedia