Calvin and Hobbes-Themed Engagement and Wedding Photographs


Stephanie and her husband Jonathan are huge fans of Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes. When the two got engaged and married in 2011 and 2012, respectively, they decided to use the comic as their theme for both their engagement photo shoot and their wedding. To capture the images, they recruited San Francisco-based photographer Junshien of Junshien International.

Most of the photographs revolve around a custom hand-sewn stuffed Hobbes, just like the one Calvin has (when he’s not a ‘real’ tiger). This isn’t something you can just go out and buy, since Mr. Watterson has a policy of not licensing the comic for merchandise. If you’d like to use this idea, you’ll probably have to make your own as well.

The engagement shoot featured the Hobbes, along with a cardboard box transmogrifier, a Calvin outfit (i.e. a red striped shirt, black shorts, and red shoes), and a red wagon:










The wedding featured the same Hobbes, a ring bearer dressed as Calvin, comic strips incorporated into the table settings, and wooden Calvin and Hobbes cake toppers:







Illustration created by Emily Chen

Illustration created by Emily Chen


You can find more photos from the engagement here and from the wedding here.

Image credits: Photographs by Junshien International and used with permission

  • PepperNation


  • C.K. Lee

    Very cute :)

  • Nikki Comma

    So cute. How original.

  • Jamar Wynn


  • fast eddie

    This is awesome :)

    I started sewing together a stuffed Hobbes back in October of last year, and I stopped about a week later at sewing all of the stripes on. It’s so tedious!! I hope to have it finished by Halloween 2013 for my soon to be 3 year old son. I just have been too busy to sit down and hand stitch the 20+ stripes, attach the eyes and tail to the body, and my wife doesn’t sew. I learned how to use a sewing machine and picked up a few hand stitching techniques just to make him.

  • It’s a trap!

    Of course copyrights and licensing fees were paid to respective owners. No?

    I’m all for themed weddings and all, but this photographer should think twice before posting these photos online. There is an obvious bonus to the photographer’s portfolio, and whoever owns the rights to Calvin and Hobbes might not have authorized the blatant use of their intellectual property to benefit this photographer.

    Sorry to burst everybody’s happy bubble (the photos are very nice), but gaining profit thanks to somebody else’s copyright is a no-no in any business. Again, take the pictures and please the newlyweds for having chosen this theme, but do NOT share these publicly!

  • Dennis Pike

    I think this is the greatest thing I have ever seen

  • Anthony Burokas

    The bride and groom had a Calvin & Hobbes theme.

    – No matter who took the photos.

    The photographer covered the event.

    – No matter the theme.

    And you expect the photographer to pay licensing to COVER an event that used a decades old comic (that does NOT license the artwork, by the way) as a theme?

    What, she’s not allowed to hold a stuffed tiger?

    Was “transmogrifier” trademarked by Calvin?

    The ONLY item I can see (in this set of photos here) with any issue is the box that the couple made for themselves with C&H artwork on it. An item not for sale.

    The booklets are in the style of, but have original artwork featuring the couple.

    So while they may get close, I think the couple is fine and the photographer merely took pictures of the event.

    “Blatent use of intellectual property to benefit the photographer?” If anything Radio Flyer ought to pay the couple a stipend for product placement in the images. :)

    Dude. You just got to lighten up.

  • Vlad Dusil

    Oh for f’s sake, not this same nonsense about copyrights and licensing.

    Amazing work, super cute and pays homage to a great artist on their special day!

  • Dave

    ‘it’s a trap’ hit the nail right on the head. Your comment is very ignorant. Mr Watterson ceased allowing his comic the be syndicated in the US due to pressure to merchandise his characters. It is very likely, almost certain that he would be opposed to having his ideas ripped off. This is an easy case of copyright infringement (even if the images and props were not sold, a sale is not necessary for the definition to be satisfied). A photographers livelihood is threatened by copyright infringement, why not afford the same respect to another type of artist? It is like your own kind preying upon you.

  • Vlad Dusil

    I am not denying that artists get paid for their work, they should.

    Do you believe that George Lucas should be paid for every Star Wars spoof, comic, YT video, compilation, theme wedding, birthday cake, hell… make it every Halloween costume a kid puts together with his parents?

    I see where you’re coming from, but at the same time there’s room for people to celebrate the passion for the art and paying tribute to the artist by including his life’s work in a special day like their wedding.

  • Anthony Burokas

    Mr Watterson wrote: “I will be stopping Calvin and Hobbes at the end of the year. This was not a recent or an easy decision, and I leave with some sadness. My interests have shifted however, and I believe I’ve done what I can do within the constraints of daily deadlines and small panels. I am eager to work at a more thoughtful pace, with fewer artistic compromises. I have not yet decided on future projects, but my relationship with Universal Press Syndicate will continue.”

    The collection covers are watercolors painted by Watterson.
    The entire 10 years he was pressured to license his characters and it was always a flat no. He did it his way. He didn’t stop the series because of this.

    Your assertion is idiotic because if the photographer took a picture of the bride in a Vera Wang gown, would the photographer need to get licensing from Vera Wang to show the photo? No.

    There’s lots of bootleg t-shirts and stickers featuring Calvin & Hobbes. They can’t harm a market that doesn’t exist. There is no licensed product market. It’s one wedding and it’s a fantastic theme. Kudos to them and their fun imagination!

  • Dave

    If you CREATED a gown that was very similar to a Vera Wang then you would be practicing copyright infringement. They have created many items that mimic the intellectual property of Bill Watterson.

    You say: “There’s lots of bootleg t-shirts and stickers featuring Calvin & Hobbes. They can’t harm a market that doesn’t exist.”

    That doesn’t mean they do not fall under copyright protection or infringement laws. Come on, think.

  • Dave

    “Do you believe that George Lucas should be paid for every Star Wars
    spoof, comic, YT video, compilation, theme wedding, birthday cake,
    hell… make it every Halloween costume a kid puts together with his

    Yes. It is the law.

  • Vlad Dusil

    In Marco’s famous last words from the movie “Taken”:

    Gud luck.

  • Mansgame

    There is a double standard with photographers. They can justify stealing photoshop, trespassing into private property to take pictures they’re not allowed to take, use other people’s work as props, alter other people’s work, but as soon as you use their picture on your website or somewhere else they will sue you and then cry about it online.

  • Anthony Burokas

    No. It’s not.

    Fair use includes personal use. So the couple making the box for themselves (and not to sell) is 100% legal. Now, I’m just speaking for the USA. If you live in North Korea, then I understand your extreme distaste for any usage whatsoever without proper permission.

  • It’s a Trap!

    Thank you “Dave” for understanding reason in a sea of doubt.

    Let me explain again:

    1. The bride and groom used a Calvin & Hobbes theme, good for them!
    2. The photographer took the pictures, good for him!

    The only problem is the photographer using these photos to promote his business! It’s OBVIOUS everyone will recognize Calvin & Hobbes, even if indirectly. And yes folks, not only is this wrong but illegal.

    As for Star Wars, George Lucas has always been in favour of fair use: fan films, home-made costumes, private artwork, etc. These things make the franchise stronger. HOWEVER, the Lucasfilm (and now Disney) lawyers would SMACK YOU DOWN WITH FURIOUS ANGER if you ever attempted to promote your business and/or make profit off of their copyright, even if indirectly!

  • It’s a Trap!


    Again, let’s say we photograph an event with a whole bunch of Hollywood stars.

    Then, we use their headshots and names to promote our photography business.

    Fair? No. Legal? Yeah right.

  • bcondoral

    …while reciting Ezekiel 25:17…..

  • Kisha Haraway

    Amazing photos!

  • next

    not his last words, but the words that signed his death warrant.

  • Bill Watterson

    Stop using my stuff.

  • Smart Janitor

    Two very beautiful people.


    That’s really cute.

  • ceruleanbill

    I know that a live tiger would have been more than a little dangerous….but I find myself wishing for one, just the same. But this is a pretty good alternative.