There is nothing that makes me more nostalgic, or take me back screaming to my younger days than Calvin and Hobbes. There is no denying it, it was a fantastic comic strip, and it makes me laugh every time I open the book–and I do that a lot.
I am not sure if it was the theme of a boy and his tiger, or the time travelling, or the incredible daydreams….. but it struck a chord with me that has never stopped. I love it now as much as I did the first day I read it.
It raises the hard what if question. What if Bill Waterson hadn’t stopped when he did? Would we still be laughing at the exploits that precocious boy and his rational, sceptical tiger? I would like to believe that we would. In that way the world would be a better place.
I still find a few comics worth reading. Zits and Retail come to mind. In recent months Dilbert has also come to have greater importance. They are funny, and occasionally profound. However, if I miss them, it doesn’t cause any fuss.
All I can say about Calvin and Hobbes is that profoundness along with humour were a given. If I missed a day, (and this was pre-internet) I was crushed and recovery was a hard road.
I miss you Calvin and Hobbes.