Calvin and Hobbe
By: Bill Watterson
Though only four images with very short sentences, this web comic demonstrates most elements Volger suggests all stories should contain.
The first image gives us our main character, Calvin, who’s talking to his pet cat Hobbes. Bill Watterson follows the ordinary world beginning for Calvin to make the readers feel more connected, which is clever on Watterson’s part because everyone has been a kid no matter what kind of life the reader lives. The mentor has also been introduced in the beginning, but cleverly doesn’t have to say a word until the end. Every reader can relate to the demands of Calvin because we have all, at some point in our lives, fallen into self-pity demanding more without realizing all the good things we already have.
The crisis is clear in the Middle when Calvin screams his wish. The climax lingers along in the third image as Hobbes stands speechless. Although this comic covers a lot of Volger’s rules, having a reward here is not given until the Return.
The comic reaches its climax in the final image when Calvin tries to degrade Hobbes’ reaction to his comment. The resolution occurs when Hobbes responds with a clear, true statement. In that moment the main character learned that sometimes holding your tongue says more than yelling.
The change within the comic for Calvin was my last statement above along with taking the time to close your mouth, hold your breath, and be grateful for all the things you do have rather than be disappointed with the things you don’t. In other words, you can’t find happiness when you only see the glass half empty, be happy it’s half full.