Augusta – A bill to replace Maine’s current flag with an older design was shot down earlier this month, but a new design has many in the state excited for change.
The proposed flag features the character Calvin, from Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes comic strip, urinating on a map of Massachusetts.
The new design has nearly universal support in 12 of Maine’s 16 counties.
“One problem with the new flag is the cartoon character isn’t licensed, so we need to come up with another name for him,” said one legislator from Hancock county.
Possible names include Pissin’ Petey, The Maine Mass Trasher, and Bad Boy Club President, among others.
Normally the character is seen on the back windows of Chevy trucks, peeing on a Ford emblem, but often times the situation is reversed.
Maine’s flag has been the subject of change leading up to the 200th anniversary of Maine’s statehood next year. The original 1909 design was considered, but didn’t survive the legislative process.
Legislators from southern Maine have introduced their own competing design. The proposed flag design is a patchwork of state flags from Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York, stitched together and covering the Maine flag’s lower half.