a real tiger in Calvin's personal reality
Calvin sees Hobbes differently from everyone else. Each sees a different reality,
and each person's reality is self-consistent. Watterson says he thinks that's how
life works (and I agree, by the way): none of us sees the world in exactly the same
way. He says he just draws that literally, in the strip.
And don't forget, in the strip itself, we see plenty of evidence that Hobbes
is capable of hiding information from Calvin and doing both physical and
mental labor to help Calvin out.
Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary
, p. 22.
Artwork © Watterson/UPS; click for notice.