OK, we’re done. Someone has won the internet. In the tradition of Garfield Minus Garfield and This Charming Charlie, we give you: Calvin & Maud’Dib—a mashup of Calvin and Hobbes strips and some of the greatest lines from Frank Herbert’s Dune series. Since C&H had a decidedly philosophical bent to begin with, it’s not a surprise that the heady mixture of religion and politics of Arrakis fit perfectly with Calvin’s musings to Hobbes.
The best part is that, as in the comic, Hobbes can enact the ideas that Calvin is only toying with…usually demonstrating why Calvin is, at best, misguided, and at worst, a tiny megolomaniac.
And while Calvin’s view of himself as a superior being makes him an excellent match for Paul Atreides’ role as reluctant messiah—not that Calvin would bother with the “reluctant” part:
Hobbes can embody the harshness of Dune’s worldview, being a constant torment to the Kwisatz Haderach.
As with all the characters of Frank Herbert’s world, however, even the mightiest can be subject to a fall.
And, as in Bill Watterson’s original strip, you can also find some uplifting moments in Calvin & Maud’Dib, if you try.
We just know that Susie Derkins will make one terrifying Reverend Mother. Check out the rest of the strips here!