It goes without saying that most of us geeks tend to have rather vivid imaginations. I fell into that category — would spend my youth reading various fantasy novels (in my Grade 7 year, we had The Hobbit as a set work: I finished the book in one evening of solid reading, and then kept on re-reading it through the rest of the year). These days, I still read books of that genre (I recently discovered around R600 of old Exclusive Books gift vouchers lying around, and promptly went out and got as many of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books as the vouchers would let me), as well as having a sort of addiction to role playing games (explaining the occasional board game evening of Arkham Horror, as well as the fact that I’m an avid World of Warcraft gamer — and more recently, Diablo III).
That said I’ve always been a Calvin & Hobbes fan as well. It’s something that I’ve always been able to relate to, for two main reasons: one is that I shared his vivid imagination growing up, the other being that I was just as naughty as he was. (None of those have changed, by the way!).
Anyway, last night, I stumbled across the following image. The artist depicts an adult Calvin, understanding the importance and value of having an imagination growing up. If in the future I have kids, I can imagine myself in the image as well.
I don’t know who the artist is, by the way. If you know, or if the artist is you, please get in touch!
(Footnote: George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books forms the basis from where the current Game of Thrones TV series was derived. If you enjoy the show, but haven’t read the books, you’re doing yourself a great disservice.)