This is a creative project that I made after finishing the play Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett. The main characters in the play, Vladimir (Didi) and Estragon (Gogo) are two hapless beings caught waiting for a man (Godot) who never appears. The span of the play consists of Didi and Gogo doing nothing other than sitting by a tree and considering the meaning of existence. Their situation reminded me of my childhood love, the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes. The two characters go through absurd situations (a lot more than Didi and Gogo do), but their outlook is much the same: contemplative and existentialist. Moreover, many strips consist of the two sitting beneath a tree, conversing about the issues of life. Calvin often complains about the faults of the world, even the lack of entertainment in the summer. In this way, he is like Estragon, who refrains, “Nothing to be done,”. Hobbes is optimistic and the sage, just like Vladimir. Hobbes consistently is encouraging Calvin to see the brighter side of life. Here’s an example of Watterson’s genius:
What I did, was integrate the two stories. The characters in Godot are known for their bowler hats, as well as Gogo for his bare feet. And of course, the refrain “Nothing to be done,” drives the point home.
Here it is: