Calvin & Hobbes, Peanuts as 3D comic strips

Gabriel de Laubier

Calvin & Hobbes, Peanuts as 3D comic strips

As a kid, I’d developed a reflex action that saw me flip instantly to the comics page in the morning paper to read the daily Calvin and Hobbes strip. You can imagine my pure and unadulterated joy when I found the anthologies of Bill Watterson’s funny, insightful creation a few years later.

Fast forward two decades and it’s still one of my favorite comics around. But whether you’re a hardcore fan or just getting into it, you’ll certainly want to check out artist Gabriel de Laubier’s 3D reimagining of one of the strips.

The Paris Digital Designer Gabriel de Laubier has brought a fantastic idea to the grid in December and January. On FabLab he has implemented a comic strip Calvin & Hobbes and Peanuts in real-time 3-D. Core Animation: The comic strip as a hutch. Works great and now that it is again on the table, will hopefully happen much more often (and open up an interesting craft field for cartoonists). Here, below a picture that the 3-D work in Blender and the Operating principle illustrated.


In the interactive embed above, you can click to drag, zoom and pan around to see how marvelous each panel looks with added depth. De Laubier used techniques like backface culling and flat-shading in the 3D program Blender for the effect.

Sadly, there’s only one strip to play with. Here’s hoping Watterson and de Laubier team up to render more of the comic genius’ work in glorious 3D.
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