Calvin and Color

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I was reading through an old old Calvin and Hobbes of mine over the break and noticed a strip that stuck out to me. What stuck out was the fantastic Mr. Waterson’s use of color. Instead of making, for example, the bedspread two different shades of one color when the lights are on or off, the bedspread is instead two completely different colors: red and blue. The colors go from sleepy tones of blue, white and grey to bright yellow and red. I felt like this technique really woke the page up and established an immediate transition from fear to triumph (Calvin and Hobbes conquer the monster that lives beneath their bed). The strip then jumps back into blues once Calvin and Hobbes are sent back to bad – once their father conquers them. Just thought it was kinda cool.

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