Calvin and Hobbes Fan Art: Manga and Cartoon

Bill Watterson’s comic strip, Calvin and Hobbes, has a distinctive style, yet his characters are so unique that they are recognizable even when rendered in manga or other cartoon styles.

The creator of Calvin and Hobbes, Bill Watterson, considered turning his famous comic strip into an animation, but said that it was “a bit scary to think of hearing Calvin’s voice”. Although Watterson felt that animators could successfully give life to Calvin, through the tricks of distortion and exaggeration that animators use, Calvin and Hobbes never made it to the screen. It seems that the infamous duo will forever remain on paper as cartoon heroes.

Manga Calvin and Hobbes

The Japanese cartoon style, manga, has gained popularity around the world. Manga is often very expressive, creating caricatures with large, emotive eyes and expansive facial expressions. These artists have created homages to the original Calvin and Hobbes cartoon by creating Calvin and Hobbes fan art in a manga style.

Other Cartoon Styles

The following fan artworks show Calvin and Hobbes in a variety of cartoon styles. No matter what age Calvin and Hobbes are shown as, and no matter what style they are drawn in, these characters are still recognizable.
Watterson named the characters after historical figures, John Calvin, a 16th-century theologian and Thomas hobbes, a 17th-century political philosopher.

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