We’ve seen many, many Star Wars / Calvin and Hobbes mashups in the past, but Brian Kesinger‘s versions are certainly better than most. That might be due to the fact that he’s a story artist at Walt Disney animation studios and an artist for Marvel Comics.
Check out more illustrations from his The Force Awakens series below.
Little 6-year-old Owen Lake accidentally left behind his Hobbes stuffed animal at Tampa International Airport before a flight to Houston. This might sound like the start to a very sad story, but the airport personnel took Hobbes on a grand adventure while waiting for Owen’s return to the airport. He got back his precious Hobbes, and he also received a photo album showing all all the awesome things Hobbes did while they were apart.
See more pictures after the break.
Calvin of Calvin and Hobbes kept busy during the winter by building snowmen. His creations weren’t of the friendly Frosty the Snowman variety though, they were a little more morbid. He lobotomized them, made it look like they were hit by cars – you get the idea. When artist Sean Daigle had to face his first Thanksgiving alone this year, he decided to use the free time to re-create those memorable scenes illustrated by Bill Watterson with massive wood sculptures – some of them are 7 feet long!
He ended up making several of them, and I’m positive that the resident of Austin, Texas, will have the best holiday decorations in the city.
See more of Daigle’s snowmen after the break.
This beautiful piece features Calvin and Hobbes careening down a hill in their little red wagon. It was a commissioned piece that was hand sculpted and painted by Emily Coleman. It measures 8″ tall and took her 25 hours to complete, which seems surprisingly short given the detail on the finished figure.
Calvin of Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes spent a fair amount of his time wrecking things. You’re going to break a few lamps when you’re running around the house being chased by a tiger – it happens. Matt J. Michel, editor of the the parody science journal Proceedings of the Natural Institute of Science, put his free time to good use and estimated just how much it would cost to cover damages when raising a kid like Calvin.
He went through every published comic and noted every instance where Calvin did damage on the page or when someone referenced damage Calvin caused. Michel then went to Amazon.com to look for the costs of comparable items. In the end, it was over $15,000. His results:
In total, Calvin caused an estimated $15,955.50 worth of damage over the duration of the comic strip (Figure 1). Damage ranged from a broken glass jar ($2 from amazon.com) to a flooded house ($4,798.83 from homewyse.com). Taking into account Watterson’s sabbaticals (see Figure 1) and the November start to the comics, Calvin caused $1,850.55 of damage per year. For context, the USDA estimates that middle-income families spend an estimated $1,750 per year on child care and education for 6 year-olds. In fact, the amount of damage caused by Calvin would rank 4th out of the USDA’s categories in annual expenditures, behind Housing, Food, and Transportation, and ahead of Education, Miscellaneous, Health Care, and Clothing.
Read the full report at PNIS. By the way, read that acronym slowly. Then skip around their site and note the sections called “HARD” and “SOFD.” Other articles on the site include “Assessment of the frequency with which men think of things: chicken wings” and “A Shakespearean translation of the last rap battle in 8 Mile, with a subsequent analysis of its quality.”
Calvin & Hobbes fans will no doubt be super impressed by this embroidered scene created by Redditor lhartrich. She made the piece for her son’s birthday and says it’s the most detailed work she’s ever tackled. Basically, she made a copy of an illustration on the back of a Calvin & Hobbes book, transferred it to fabric, and filled in the color with DMC floss. The embroidery floss colors didn’t match the original art one hundred percent, but it was close enough.
Though the Calvin & Hobbes piece isn’t for sale, you can check out more Laura’s work (and maybe even make a custom request) in her Etsy shop, Tiny Scissor Times.