I really enjoy these characters! Simple but so touching! It does to philosophy what high intellectual speculating cannot achieve: touch your heart with the reality of everyday living. A treat every night before falling asleep! Yesssss – Calvin and Hobbes is about…Calvin and Hobbes, my personal all-time favorite comic strip.
Calvin is one kid that no one would ever want to try to raise, and Hobbes is one (stuffed) tiger that no one would ever want to mess with. But these two always have their fun, and they sure do have a hell of a lot of adventures (most with Calvin’s parents): camping, going to the zoo, digging for dinosaur bones, going to Mars, being lifted up in the stratosphere by a balloon, fixing the bathroom sink. Calvin’s adventures remain timeless, his antics winsome, his spirit soaring, with all its poignant observations, philosophical ruminations, and side-splitting hilarity.
His life and the life of his parents are summed up in a cartoon strip when Calvin says, “Golly, I’d hate to have a kid like me.” Oh well, I would love to have a kid like Calvin!! The kind of kid that we all dread and would admire and pay money for when they are an adult. He is funny, smart, outrageous, hilarious, and thought-provoking vivid imaginations which makes you wonder where did he com up with this.
Calvin is a young boy who is always in trouble, yet his problems are a consequence of his tenuous grip on reality. If he can maintain his imagination into adulthood, he no doubt will be very successful as a writer, but as a child, there are strong forces that will strongly dampen his wandering mind. We know that a psychologically awkward kid like Calvin would probably never survive in the real world.
“Do you believe our destinies are shaped by the stars?” Calvin asks Hobbes.
Ever the logical one, Hobbes replies, “Nah.”
Calvin counters, because, “Life’s a lot more fun when you’re not responsible for your actions.”
Calvin had his own four-panel approach to homework, “When I grow up, I want to be an inventor. First I will invent a time machine. Then I’ll come back to yesterday, and take myself to tomorrow, and skip this dumb assignment.”
It brings back memories of childhood and fundamental questions adults rarely take the time to ponder, even for themselves! The entire series is like pizza, it’s deliciously excellent. (I know this sentence sounds corny, so deal with it)
Bill Watterson is a comic genius whose reclusive presence has been sorely missed on the funny pages since his retirement. All we have left are his books. And the last strip that Watterson ever wrote is even more simple, and captures the essence of every strip combined. Calvin speaks the last line of the strip: “It’s a magical world, Hobbes ol, buddy… Let’s go exploring!”
Were you to be sick in bed and need something to make you laugh, this is the best medicine! To be honest, Calvin and Hobbes is for just about anyone.