The comic strip Calvin and Hobbes has been publishing repeat comic strips for 25 years, ever since its comic art creator, Bill Watterson, completed his last strip, sending boy Calvin and his stuffed tiger Hobbes into the winter snow looking for yet more adventures. Readers loved the comical interplay between the two fun-loving yet philosophical characters and identified strongly with their joyous exploits.
Wonderfully, Tufts University in Massachussets recently offered an experimental “Philosophy For Children” course for education majors that included discussions on how to utilize comic strips such as Calvin and Hobbes to explore complex and sophisticated philosophical examination to children. The complexities of abstract philosophical inquiry is certainly made much more fun through exploring through Calvin and Hobbes’ adventures, a timeless and delightful experience even when the comic strip is on reruns!
Read insights by The Washington Post into the Calvin and Hobbes strip and why Bill Watterson’s work enchants us still.