Calvin and Hobbes
By Bill Watterson
“There is a mystical quality to Bill Watterson’s work. What we have here possesses a dimension that was once found in George Herriman’s krazy kat, and later, in Walt Kelly’s pogo. Now, we have Calvin and Hobbes.”
With all these cartoonists, you’d say these strips are pretty boring, right? Wrong. As the tiger, Hobbes, would say, “Take the most hilarious thing you can imagine, and think of something 100 times more hilarious than that.”
Calvin has an imaginary world and a real world, and the imaginary world is filled with aliens and supervillians, detectives, and many alter egos of himself. The real world is filled with other odd characters he can never understand. When he gets lonely for his own little world (either from his mom or dad), he calls on his tiger pal, Hobbes. Whether holding a g.r.o.s.s. meeting, or going on a sled or wagon 200 feet down while speaking about life psychology, he can always rely on Hobbes. When anyone is in the frame with them, Hobbes is a five inch stuffed animal, but when they’re alone, Hobbes is a real tiger. It’s as simple as that. Sounds great, doesn’t it?
Reviewed by: Nic S.