Calvin and Hobbes is a daily American comic strip created by cartoonist Bill Watterson that was syndicated from November 18, to December 31, Commonly cited as "the last great newspaper comic",    Calvin and Hobbes has enjoyed broad and enduring popularity, influence, academic and philosophical interest. Calvin and Hobbes follows the humorous antics of the titular characters : Calvin, a precocious, mischievous and adventurous six-year-old boy; and Hobbes , his sardonic stuffed tiger. Set in the contemporary suburban United States , the strip depicts Calvin's frequent flights of fancy and friendship with Hobbes. Hobbes' dual nature is a defining motif for the strip: to Calvin, Hobbes is a living anthropomorphic tiger, while all the other characters see Hobbes as an inanimate stuffed toy. Though the series does not mention specific political figures or contemporary events, it does explore broad issues like environmentalism , public education , philosophical quandaries and the flaws of opinion polls.
This week sees the release of Dear Mr. Happily, the film is as much a celebration of the strip as anything else. He worked for six months at the Cincinnati Post in , right after he graduated from Kenyon College in Ohio with a degree in political science, incidentally. Some of this work is available online, and as you can see from the example above, his distinctive style was already pretty much fully formed long before Calvin and Hobbes entered the picture.