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  1. says:

    August 7, 2011Dear Bill, Your decade long run of Calvin and Hobbes was the greatest run of any comic strip in the history of comic strips, and you made the right choice putting an end to it when you did I can t believe it s been gone for 16 years now Your precocious Calvin was what every kid with an overactive imagination is in their own heads, but you also gave us the view of what the rest of the world sees in these kids and does to try and beat the imagination out of them There s implied sadness in the explicit joy you gave us, and it makes Calvin and Hobbes a true masterpiece I was fourteen when you started your opus, and I was close enough to my own hyper imaginative childhood to connect at a visceral level My youthful imaginary friends were still fresh in my mind, and my current imaginary friends were just taking hold, and your strip gave me something to relate to, someone to cheer for, a place where it was okay to turn dreary realties of the world into exciting fantasies and be proud of that ability all at the same time It was also a fabulous way to relax my brain though not too much amidst all the literature I was devouring at a frightening rate.But I have a request Now that I am forty, and I have a precocious little Calvin of my own making explosive sounds with his mouth as he blows up his LEGO creations as I write this, in fact , and my little Calvin s twin sister, who happens to be a lot like Susie, I would love it if you came out of retirement and gave us just one year of Calvin and Hobbes and Son or Daughter I want to see where Calvin is now I want to see Calvin as a Dad, and I want his son or daughter with a beaten up, super ratty, devilish as ever Hobbes But I don t want this comic to be about the kids, I want it to be about Calvin I want to see how well Calvin was able to fight off his indoctrination I imagine he s one of those rare folks who didn t join the mainstream, who somehow continued to live on his own terms, but my imagination aside, I am dying to see what he became for you Please, please, please come back, Bill We could all use a bit of Calvin again I know that my request will never reach you, and that, if it did, you d probably never even consider the possibility, but I know you could do the parenting thing better than all your peers, just as you did the kid thing better than anyone else.So I ll just leave you with the firmest, most heartfelt thank you that I have in me thank you for that little corner of joy you carved into my world I ll never forget it, and late at night, when I am dipping my peanut butter and jelly into my hot chocolate, I ll have one of my Calvin and Hobbes books open so that I can stain the pages with the purple of some yummy Welch s grape jelly Just as Calvin would.Sincerely, Brad Simkulet


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    My dad gave me this book Christmas 2009, and I prior to reading it last week, I had not experienced Calvin and Hobbes Well, that isn t completely true I had read one or two strips, I suppose Seen other people reading it But I hadn t experienced it I had not sat down with a thick, luscious book full of Calvin and Hobbes strips, full of wonderful, pinpoint and intelligent humour.When I did finally sit down, I fell in love So to all my friends out there how dare you not kidnap me and force feed me Calvin and Hobbes For shame I fell in love with the way Bill Watterson portrays the truth and beauty of the universe through the cheeky eyes of a young boy Children, lacking the filters that most adults come to acquire, often say the darnednest things, and Calvin says a lot that falls into that category Calvin refuses to eat something on his plate, observing wryly that you know you won t like it when they won t tell you what it is Calvin, ever street smart, sneaks out of bed late at night, then phones his house from a pay phone remember those to say, Hello, Dad It is now three in the morning Do you know where I am Precocious, clever, and self aware, Calvin embodies that spark, dare I say that joie de vivre, that we all seek to retain from childhood.I speak with the perspective of a 21 year old who never wanted to grow up, but in spite of my best efforts, managed to do it anyway Maturity sneaked up on me, stalked me, and played a game of cat and mouse through my adolescent years Eventually, fortunately or unfortunately, it won Which is not to say that I have entirely abandoned my childhood glee, my sense of wonder I do, after all, read science fiction in November I got involved in an awesome snowball fight with my coworkers And I know now what I did not know as a child it is tough to keep your child like enthusiasm when the world expects you, requires you to be an adult.So I think a child, an adolescent, or an older adult are all going to get something different from Calvin and Hobbes than I will We all might find the strips funny, but our core enjoyment is going to come from an identification that is different for each of us Calvin and Hobbes has a broad appeal, but it is not the same appeal to everyone For me, it is a nostalgic retrospective on the days I have left behind Not that I was ever a trouble maker like Calvin, oh no I did not launch wagons into lakes or trees I was not a terror of babysitters, and as far as I know, I never flooded the bathroom while struggling against a shark in the bathtub Nevertheless, there is something universal to the childhood experience about Calvin s exuberance And now here I am, in my third decade, trying to reconnect with that aspect of my life.The brilliance of these comic strips go deeper than just nostalgia There is something profound about Calvin and Hobbes At the same time that these two are cooking up a scheme straight out of well, the comic books and we are laughing right along with them, suddenly Hobbes will spring a Big Question on us Calvin do you believe in Fate Hobbes You mean, that our lives are predestined Calvin Yeah that the things we do are inevitable.Hobbes What a scary thought.Hobbes says this last part as the wagon they are in goes careening off a dock into a lake, possibly as part of a crazy Calvin venture to jump across the lake in their wagon.There is just such a broad range of humour and tone to these strips Watterson takes us from the fantastical Spaceman Spiff sketches to the hilarious and intelligent insults Calvin hurls at his crush, Susie I hope you suffer a debilitating brain aneurysm, you freak Which, if an adult uttered this, would be horrible and in the real world, let s face it, a child might get soap mouthwash But for me reading Calvin, it s just adorable And from these strips, Watterson takes us even further, to ponder those Big Questions of the universe fun, yes, and funny, but those strips tend to end with a question mark hovering above them.Reading Calvin and Hobbes also affirms my opinion that comics are a sublime form of literature, and those snobs who look down their noses at this form as somehow childish or immature are poopyheads Maybe you don t like Calvin and Hobbes or perhaps, like me, you ve merely never experienced it Still, Calvin and Hobbes demonstrates the power of the comic form, that essential marriage of witty wordplay with evocative pictures, to convey both humourous and serious subjects This is a medium that can tell amazing stories, stories both vast and magnificent in scope yet intimate and human in significance From superheroes to supervillains to ordinary, everday kids, comic strips are awesome They connect us to our imagination in a way few literary forms can manage Don t get me wrong I love novels with a white hot passion But there is something just so basic and I think it is this primal element that snobs confuse with immaturity to the comic form that makes it so versatile and powerful.


  3. says:

    My Parents swore upon their honorThat I was safe, and not a goner.I guess tomorrow they ll see their sad mistakes.Here lies Calvin, devoured in his bed by a monster If only we had treated him better. Oh Boy, Calvin and Hobbes is way to funny and should read by every humans person on the planet.I am laughing my heart out on this comedy book Calvin has it all The imagination and work the author has dedicated to this series makes me jump with excitement and everything feels so adventurous once you read Calvin and Hobbes.The Essential Calvin and Hobbes comic strips are indeed Essential.


  4. says:

    Hilarious, cute, perfect, and perfect again


  5. says:

    Calvin and Hobbes were always two of my favourite characters that I was impatient for from Sunday afternoon until Monday s paper Every day there was a new crazy or incredibly mature statement from Calvin and his adventures with Hobbes are unforgettable My son was initially skeptical but after just one strip, he was an addict and could not get enough The book is nice in that it has 6 strips from the comics of the Monday to Saturday comics in black and white and a full colour page from the Sunday paper Incredibly imaginative and insightful for both kids and parents, this is one of the best ever kids comics.


  6. says:

    I would give this an A with a million plus after it if I could As that s not the case, I ll give it an A I think that s quite enough pluses to convey my feelings for the book and it s clear I m not the only one who feels that way In all seriousness, this is a magnificent book.


  7. says:

    DA, ponovo i ponovo i ponovo i ponovo


  8. says:

    I have a confession to make I started reading Calving and Hobbes comics because I saw my third grade crush reading them I guess I should thank him, because once I started reading these comics, I didn t want to stop My grandparents and parents bought me collection upon collection of Calvin and Hobbes comics And while I didn t read the normal books that kids my age read, I think I had a great childhood reading these comics They re funny, they re silly, and believe it or not, they can have some important life lessons in them Of course, as a kid, I didn t realize what those were.I can easily say that Calvin and Hobbes comics were what I always went back to reading when I was between books throughout elementary and middle school Maybe even some high school Basically, I love these comics, and they truly are great.


  9. says:

    A quote for the reason of 5 stars A day without laughter is a day wasted Charlie Chaplin


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