Uno de mis regalos de cumpleaños es mucho mejor que un poni…
In Calvin and Hobbes, I used my childhood -sometimes straight out of the can, sometimes wildly fictionalized, and sometimes as a metaphor for my twenties and thirdties- to talk about my life and the issues that interested me. Without exactly intending to, I learned a lot about what I love -imagination, deep frienship, animals, family, the natural world, ideas, ideals… and silliness. These things make my life meaningful, and having the opportunity to consider it all at lenght through the medium of drawing was the most personally rewarding part of Calvin and Hobbes. Giving words and form to what had previously been jumbled, half- conscious thoughts, I occasionally felt like I hit some truth, and in doing so, got to know myself a bit better.
Of course, the Calvin and Hobbes phenomenon was one of those times when the planets all lined up. Somehow everything came together, and readers where ready for the strip at the same moment I was ready to draw it. I certainly never again expect to duplicate the strip’s success or wide appeal. To be honest, seeing the planets in a row sort of freaks me out anyway, and once is probably enough. But the experience of wrinting and drawing Calvin and Hobbes changed my life, and that level of change and engagement will be my goal in whatever I do. I truly loved drawing this comic strip, and I’ll always look back on Calvin and Hobbes with great pride and affection.