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‘The Force Awakens’ meets ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ in this adorable mashup

By Brian Kesinger

By Brian Kesinger

As if Star Wars: The Force Awakens doesn’t have us feeling nostalgic enough, Groot artist Brian Kesinger has channeled Bill Watterson in a series of illustrations that merges the galaxy far, far away with the world of Calvin and Hobbes.

Kesinger, who’s also a story artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios, captures Rey and BB-8 in their makeshift sled, “Spaceman Finn” and his crashed TIE Fighter, and the interrogation of Poe Dameron by one of the bullies of the First Order. But he really strikes a chord with the illustration of a pint-sized Kylo Ren exploring “the forests of Starkiller Base with his imaginary friend,” Darth Vader.

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“Bill Watterson has been one of my biggest artistic influences,” Kesinger tells BuzzFeed, “so it was a fun opportunity to combine two of my favorite things.”

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These are great.

Kylo and Darth doesn’t really work for me because they never actually interacted in the film. But the rest of them, especially Spaceman Finn, are really great.

Jon – Since it’s a take on Calvin and Hobbs, and Hobbs is a stuffed tiger Calvin imagines to be real and interacting with him, I think it’s actually the one that works the best.

Kylo and Darth really works for me because Kylo spent part of the film carrying around Darth as an inanimate object / imaginary friend.

Wait. Are you people trying to say Hobbes isn’t a real tiger?

@MrGWillickers – He’s a quantum tiger. Both real, and not, depending on who observes him.

I prefer Jeffrey brown’s comic vader and son.

So Hobbes isn’t really a tiger then… but a cat.
Schrödinger’s cat, to be specific.

These are wonderful!! cheers to Mr Kesinger!

I REALLY want the Kylo and Darth on a t-shirt! TeeFury?!

He’s one of my favorite artists… You should check out his books : http://www.bkartonline.com/ . Honestly the story is silly fun and the art is beautiful!

@Had
Schroedinger really wanted to put a tiger in a box in the first place. But, his colleagues said that no one would take his idea seriously – “a tiger! Seriously?”
On the other hand, Calvin thought the idea of a tiger in the box to be so cool – especially one called “Hobbes”.
The rest is History!

Calvin and Hobbes is the best, Space Man Finn rocks.

If these are being sold, does Watterson get his due? God knows he doesn’t make any money from all those “Pissing Calvins” out there.

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