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Monday, November 23, 2015

(12) Calvin & Hobbes pt. 1



I will be conducting my three installations over Calvin and
Hobbes, a comic strip by American cartoonist Bill Watterson. The three installations
will consist of an image of the comic strip that will be discussed, my own
interpretation of it along with posting any other relevant media I feel may positively
contribute to the theme of the comic strip. I would first like to give some
general background on the Calvin and Hobbes comics. Calvin and Hobbes is a
comic that follows the witty antics of six year old Calvin, and his stuffed
tiger Hobbes – who to Calvin is a live personified tiger but appears to others
as an ordinary, inanimate, stuffed toy. Some of the topics covered in Calvin
and Hobbes often touch on the subject of public education, environmentalism, philosophical
ideas, life in general, etc.
 I chose this as my first comic strip due to the vast amount
of relatability it will in no doubt stir amongst the classroom. It is simple,
yet effective at getting its point across which is that most, although admittedly
not all of us work best under pressure – when we know we have exactly 18 minutes
to get an assignment done for example. It is the nature of who we are as human
beings, or could it just be me? Nevertheless, it is something I strive to work
with on a daily basis, yet see very little to no progress in. For some of us last-minute panic opens up the faucet of creativity, while some may get frustrated and a blank mind, it may not phase some, and yet to others it may give them a sense of hopelessness and threatens them with the risk of going into shock,   I feel as if we are all procrastinators in some way, shape or form, it doesn’t necessarily have to be school related, as we often link it to but we have all put things off whether they be dishes to be washed, a house to be cleaned, a book to read, family and friends to go visit. There is simply not enough time in a day to get everything done which is why certain things must be set aside to be done at a later date.

1 comment:

  1. I myself am guilty of procrastination, and it forces me to wonder if that sense of urgency created by living life on the edge of a deadline could be reproduced by instilling within myself a sense of urgency for a different reason. Maybe something along the lines of "If I don't do this, it will be harder for me to make a positive change in the world". Optimally, that sort of carrot-on-a-stick method shouldn't be needed, but maybe it could be helpful into adapting out of procrastination. The same could be same of religion in a way. It's unfortunate that so many require the concept of some sort of eternal reward or punishment in order to act in the interest of humanity, but it is helpful if ultimately they do good things.

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