In the title story, stitched together from strips that appeared between December 31, 1990 and January 19, 1991, Calvin believes he has brought a snowman to life.
This snowman goes on to build an army that terrorizes the neighborhood.
In my case, there once was a sweet, well-behaved, straw-blonde kid with a quiet affection for books, and a secret desire to be the spiky-haired, mischievous Calvin.
Calvin who terrorized his parents, invented hilarious games with no rules, rebelled against his babysitter, and brought snow monsters to life. Calvin, who transformed into Stupendous Man or Spaceman Spiff, and whose backyard crossed three state lines, and whose wagon flew through the air.
Not much, except that Calvin's name is inspired by 16th century Protestant reformer John Calvin.
Bill Watterson, who was a poli-sci major at Kenyon College, has explained, "It's an inside joke for poli-sci majors."But the joke goes deeper than a shared name.” No one sees the world the way Calvin sees it, and the tension between Calvin’s imagination and the mundane real world of school, chores, homework, dinner, and baths, provides the central source of conflict and humor in the strip.creator Bill Watterson explains “I show two versions of reality, and each makes complete sense to the participant who sees it.Are people's fates already decided long before they are born, as many religious figures have argued? Calvin asks Hobbes about fate and predestination in one of the earliest strips from November 30, 1985.For Calvin, the idea that his actions are inevitable would ease his conscience, especially around Christmas time.anthologies sat unread at home on the highest shelf of my parents’ living room bookcase for almost ten years.My father sent them to me last week, and when they arrived in a beat-up box lined with tennis ball cans (don’t ask), I couldn’t even think of the last time I flipped through , which I remember getting at one of my elementary school’s book fairs.In That these stories take place in multiple forms and styles marks the strip as a product of a particular moment in which the playful exploration of a multiplicity of genres was in vogue — but in which the ur-medium for consuming multiple genres at once was only just entering the American home.ended 1995, the same year the Aronstein household got AOL, so my first interaction with the strip was in its daily newspaper format. As a second grader I diligently traced my name in pencil on the inside front cover of .Watterson constantly fought with Universal Press Syndicate and newspapers to get more space, and to break the rigid rules of comic strip formats in order to formally explore Calvin’s imagination.As a result, no daily comic in wide circulation during the Nineties provided such regular and creative insights into a child’s interior life.