Calvin & Hobbes got into more trouble than pretty much anyone. They were creative in their shenanigans, and it made for some excellent reading, but there’s no doubt that the hijinks caused by the mischievous tiger and child would have been expensive if they were real. Luckily, there are people out there who will do things like calculate the exact cost of all the damage done by Calvin and give those number-nerds among us a solid breakdown of the whole $15,995.50 that would have been racked up over the course of Bill Watterson‘s books.
While the publication where Matthew J. Michel published his findings may be fictional, the data analysis he applied to the popular comic that ran from 1985 to 1995 is pretty spot on. Using The Complete Calvin & Hobbes Collection to do his research, Michel noted every instance of property damage over the course of a decade of raising Calvin. He then researched home repair prices, clothing replacements (at J.Crew because Calvin’s mom seemed with the times in terms of fashion), and other things that would have needed replacement on Amazon. The total is near to $16k and inspired the following graphic breakdown of the years this writer was reading Calvin & Hobbes with a religious devotion every morning:
via Matthew Michel
Michel found that the most extravagant costs that drove up Calvin’s bill were associated with water damage. For instance, he flooded the house and built a snowman in his bedroom during the first year the comic was in print. Interestingly, he caused more than half of the damage in the first years of publication and got less destructive over time.
We can’t help but wonder what kind of damage a modern day Calvin would inflict on his poor parents. Snowmen staged with iPhones to their snowy ears? Laptops turned into dashboards of starships and smashed to bits? What kind of trouble do you think a 21st century Calvin could get into? Tell us in the comments below!
Feature Image via Calvin&HobbesWikia