This is my last month as “the intern” at GoComics. As a recent college grad, it’s a transitional time. I find myself in a reflective state, but I’ve also spent a lot of time thinking about the big picture.
This reminded me of one of my first assignments here at GoComics. I had to come up with a question to post on the Calvin and Hobbes Facebook page. Here it is:
“Calvin is a highly intellectual 6-year-old, despite his poor grades. What do you think Calvin will be when he grows up?”
This is a “stump the chump” question, considering the Calvin’s complexities. Firstly, Calvin’s disdain for school is contradicted by his profound discussions. In a society where education plays a strong role in determining ones future, Calvin does not let his education define him.
Calvin’s alter egos, like Spaceman Spiff, are something else to consider. Like most 6-year-olds, Calvin is always pretending and imaging what he wants to be when he grows up.
However, the final strip leaves this question open ended and full of possibilities. Calvin is, and always will be, perpetually 6 years old in the decade-long strip, so there is no right or wrong answer.
In an odd way, the things we have to consider to answer this question about Calvin are the things I’ve also had to contemplate about my next step in life. Will my academics define where I end up? Is this what I saw myself doing when I was little? Is there even a right or wrong answer?
I stumbled across this strip a couple of days ago, in which Calvin suggests he wants to take the Christopher McCandless Into the Wild route and become a hunter-gatherer, so that’s one option:
Like every other human being on this planet, I have some things to consider about the big picture, but the beauty is I get a fresh start and a lot of possibilities.