Calvin & Hobbes creator Bill Watterson reveals the comic that changed the series forever as a heartbreaking story opened up the world.
A comic that changed Calvin and Hobbes forever, creator Bill Watson revealed that writing a darker story ended up opening the door for a different type of storytelling in the series. After publishing a comic strip featuring Calvin and his stuffed tiger Hobbs discovering a dying raccoon, Watson admitted that tackling the heartbreaking subject showed comics could handle the series' darker side Story - This changed Calvin and Hobbes forever.
In Bill Watterson's The Calvin & Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book, the author and artist behind the iconic comic delves deeper into his story and provides commentary on creating the series. While discussing a heartbreaking comic strip in which Calvin and Hobbs find a badly injured raccoon, and the young man is optimistic his mom can help it, Watson shares the cartoon, Opens the door for more emotional stories in the series. He said the comics showed that the series was "broad enough to handle a wide range of themes, ideas and emotions," changing comics forever as the world of the comics "suddenly opened up."
The Calvin & Hobbes comic strip is one of the more tragic and moving stories told in the series. leftover The story follows Calvin's mom explaining that the raccoon was unlikely to survive because the hopeful six-year-old offered to give it most of his dinner because he was too young to fully understand the situation. Calvin is heartbroken when his father tells him that the raccoon didn't stay up, causing him to break down and think about the meaning of death, as the comic ends with Calvin asking Hobbs not to go anywhere as the two share a hug.
Watson admits that the heartrending story was actually inspired by real-life events, as after his wife found a dead kitten one morning, he said the story of Calvin and Hobbes "is itself written". He shared that while death is not a common theme in comics aimed at children, the story made him realize that the comic could tackle big issues and ideas—which changed storytelling going forward, as Watson preferred to deal with emotional stories.
Following the comic's publication, which recounted Calvin's more informed emotional experiences with life and death, Watson went on to tell more powerful Calvin and Hobbes stories that weren't afraid to go darker or more heartbreaking. place. However, when it comes to the most heart-wrenching stories Bill Watterson once said in "Calvin & Hobbes" that few people can surpass the comics that changed the series forever.