Some toys have sentience. Or so it appears. To kids at least. Similar contemporary concepts may have been used in Calvin & Hobbes and the Toy Story movie franchise, but this strip was inspired by something that happened years before either of those entities existed. They were based after real life “Storybook Beans” dolls and interactions I had with my brother back in the late 1970s-early 1980s (and probably one reason why I loved and identified with “is Hobbes real or imagined?” concept of Watterson’s strip so much – that and the ingenious artwork, although I have never been a big fan of computer-graphic cartoons, so I was never into the Toy Story movies as much as people a little younger than me who grew up with those and never knew C&H).

This color version was colorized and web-published in 2006. The original, uncolored version was done in 1998 and is located in the older archives here.

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