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Old 08-28-2014, 11:28 AM   #1
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I have recently began re-reading the entirety of Calvin and Hobbes, in chronological order of publishing date. I read it loads when I was younger, but I haven't read it since I was probably thirteen. After reading it again (I'm still not finished reading it all), I've come to the non-shocking conclusion that Calvin And Hobbes is, in fact, the greatest comic strip of all time.



For those of you that haven't read it, you can read them all here: http://marcel-oehler.marcellosendos.ch/comics/ch/
Start with the first (number 11 in the first row), and continue reading until you are finished.



I was going to do a massive write-up on why Calvin and Hobbes is the best, but I'm on holiday for a week longer than anticipated, and I left my laptop at home. So all the information I was gathering was lost. I was planning on doing pie charts of the number of comics that belong to a particular theme (school, babysitting, philosophy, art, etc), but as I don't have the information on-hand, I am unable to do so.

However, I can post some comics that are my particular favourites, and that accurately represent the work of the genius Bill Waterson.

kaZAM


My most favourite. Calvin is shown transforming objects, one at a time, into alien objects. He also transforms his parents, who send him to his room as a punishment. Whilst there, he looks out the window and 'kaZAM's it into a foreign planet. This strip represents a disconnect from reality. Calvin is bored of Earth. He doesn't feel he belongs there. His parents are foreign to him. His house is foreign to him. So his imagination must create landscapes and objects that are more suited to his character.

I feel like this almost everyday. This comic hits home hard for me.

Building Character


One of what I consider to be the funniest strips. Calvin's dad is a prominent character, often representing a caricature of fathers everywhere. He is constantly shown telling Calvin to do 'hard' things (describing them as 'character building). He'll take the family on a camping trip that none of them want to be on. He'll be cycling through a blizzard talking about how great the outdoors are. He'll be telling Calvin false information, such as the Sun setting in Flagstaff, Arizona. In this strip, Calvin masquerades as his father by parting his hair and wearing his dad's glasses. He enters the scene and does a perfect impersonation, which causes his mother to literally be falling on the floor laughing.

The Raccoon Story



The raccoon story is arguably the saddest and most touching Calvin and Hobbes comics, and I would say it is probably the saddest and most touching of any comic. This is so much in this that it's hard to choose specific things to talk about. First, Calvin is a six year old kid, so this is likely one of his first encounters with death (as his family has stated in other comics that they have never owned a pet). It's amazing that, despite having no connection with the raccoon, Calvin still feels very attached to it. This also shows how even parents need the support of imagination, as the second strip shows Calvin's mum talking to Hobbes. There's a very poignant line about grief and losing someone, where Calvin remarks:
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I'm crying because out there he's gone, but he's not gone inside me

The strip finishes with Calvin cursing the world, and then showing his deep attachment to Hobbes. It's possible that one of the reasons Calvin has created Hobbes in his imagination is because of this exact story (or one like it). Calvin cannot handle the thought of being abandoned. He can't deal with people leaving. This comic strip went on for ten years, and through each year, Calvin is still six years old, still in the same class, still has the same babysitter, etc. Calvin can't move on. So he created Hobbes, and imaginary friend, so that he'll always have a friend even when everyone around him dies or leaves.



Although these are only three comics from a vast ten-year collection, they show a small part of the depth that Calvin and Hobbes has. There is so much than this. For those of you who haven't read it, please do, because despite being just a comic, it is also very intelligent, witty, and philosophical.

For those of you who have read it, please discuss how much you love it, and share some of your favourite comics. For the sake of people with crappy computers and such, please spoiler large images. Virtually every comic can be found online through a simple Google search, so give us your favourites!

tl;dr Calvin and Hobbes is GOAT and is better than anything ever written ever.
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Old 08-28-2014, 11:31 AM   #2
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I've come to the non-shocking conclusion that Calvin And Hobbes is, in fact, the greatest comic strip of all time.

Of course it is, silly.
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Old 08-28-2014, 11:49 AM   #3
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That TLDR really helped
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Old 08-28-2014, 11:51 AM   #4
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yeah it's very good.


watterson is pretty interesting himself in how he didn't want any real attention on himself and wasn't interested in milking the character for money, he just wanted to make some nice work.

edit: his wiki page is a good read: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Watterson


I can't pick out favourites from everything lol, but will just say that there aren't any I didn't like.
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Old 08-28-2014, 11:51 AM   #5
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Old 08-28-2014, 11:54 AM   #6
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Yep, favorite comic when I was a kid (via my dad) and still favorite.
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Old 08-28-2014, 12:07 PM   #7
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I know, I was playing devil's advocate because I'm bored.

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This is another one of my favourites. It's just very relatable.

Here's another one that I like
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