Calvin and Hobbes (Calvin and Hobbes #1) by Bill Watterson
Strip after strip after strip.
Some books just win you over.
I too sleep with the baseball bat beside my bed to kill the monster lurking down it.
I wonder I still may not be old enough to not start doing this poll manipulation thing with my dad either.
I do not want my wife to have such a kid in the house. I want to be that kid rather.
We might consider a tiger instead.
With characters sketched up as well as these, you will be going out of your way not to give this one a 5 star.
Wonderful and addictive.
Did I say 5 stars already? Make that 5 stars plus one more for the timelessness captured.
Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes - "School Daze"
The fantastic truth of Calvin and Hobbes
It's been more than a decade since any new Calvin and Hobbes comic strips have appeared, but the fearless and philosophical duo still delight millions of readers. Some are rereading their well-worn collections for the nth time, while others are just discovering the incorrigible twosome. No matter where readers are coming from, the pair's adventures and conversations seem just as genuine today as they did when they were first committed to paper. Yes, the strip's creator, Bill Watterson , was a phenomenal artist his Martian landscapes, seasonal backdrops and depiction of a T. Calvin and Hobbes follows the adventures of the mischievous boy Calvin and his best friend Hobbes , a tiger who may or may not actually exist. Their relationship is by turns playful, combative, thoughtful and fantastical; they act and sound like real best friends.
The Hobbes with which Calvin argues is again a “real” tiger, capable of speech, thought, and independent movement (such as jumping).
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Hobbes , named for philosopher Thomas Hobbes , is the deuteragonist of the comics. He is Calvin 's stuffed tiger and best friend, who, from Calvin's perspective, is a live tiger and real as anyone else in the strip. The interplay between the two title characters, and the question of whether Hobbes was real or not Watterson said yes, but only Calvin can see that he's alive is what gave the strip its unique personality that remained mostly untouched during its decade-long run. Hobbes often helps Calvin with his inventions, yet, since they all usually go wrong, Hobbes is usually reluctant to help. Hobbes' first appearance was on November 18, , where Hobbes was portrayed hanging upside-down from a tree after falling for a tuna sandwich-baited trap laid out by his close friend and co-star of the strip, Calvin.
Space provides the tempo and rhythm of the strip. Newspaper comics, he wrote, provide a unique space for many readers before they start their day; we get to pass, briefly, through a door into a calmer, simpler world, where the characters often remain largely the same, even down to their clothing. Not all newspaper comics are like this, of course, particularly the more complex narrative comics of the past like Little Nemo in Slumberland or Terry and the Pirates, and the worst comics—of which there are many—retain that sense of sameness by being formulaic and uninspired. But this, too, is related to space. Space, broadly speaking, is what defines Calvin and Hobbes.