My two favorite comic strips of all time are Bloom County and Calvin & Hobbes. I read them religiously when I was a kid, racing to the newspaper every single day to see what wackiness awaited.
I have a slew of Bloom County books and a few years ago got the Complete Calvin & Hobbes triple-hardcover slipcase. You need a forklift to read the thing. I completely respect creator Bill Watterson for stopping Calvin & Hobbes when he did. It was still a damn funny strip, and they went out on top. Rather than spiraling into mediocrity like… uh… Opus and company did with Bloom County.
But for the life of me, I can’t figure out why Watterson never did any merchandising other than book collections. I can understand not wanting to sell out. No, we don’t need a Calvin & Hobbes Monopoly or any Spaceman Spiff Transformers. But how about some basic T-shirts and mugs? How about art prints? Just your average collectibles would be nice.
Thankfully, there are talented people in this world. While I actually am getting a bit better with Photoshop these days, I still can barely draw a stick figure. An artist I’ll never be. But super-awes0me-thank-you-for-these photographer/photo-editing master Nite4awk has done something that totally put a smile on my face.
He created some gorgeous wallpapers mixing Calvin and hist trusty tiger Hobbes with real settings. Take a look at some of my favorites:
You can view all 15 scenes, as well as getting much larger images on Nite4Hawk’s imgur page.
Seeing these scenes just makes me miss these guys even more.