A Little Kid and a Stuffed TigerPosted: June 16, 2011 Filed under: Fave raves | Tags: comic strips, heroes 9 Comments
“Hundreds of comic strips have been published in newspapers. The majority are terrible, and almost all the rest are mediocre. There have been maybe four or five good comic strips in the history of the world. So saying that ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ is the best comic strip ever doesn’t really hold a lot of weight.
And it’s really a shame that it’s so difficult to quantify this strip’s greatness. I can confidently state that ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ outclasses the rest of the comic strip world more than anything else has ever outclassed the rest of its medium. Sans this strip, the industry is characterized by guys sitting on rocks making stupid puns, a ‘Family Circus’ kid misunderstanding the meaning of a word, or an overweight father playing golf while telling jokes such as I LIKE GOLF and GOLF IS HARD. It’s a medium that doesn’t really deserve something as good as ‘Calvin and Hobbes,’ but it got it anyway, and the newspaper-reading world was made a better place by it.
‘Calvin and Hobbes’ ran from 1985 to 1995. Bill Watterson drew thousands of strips, and while I wish like hell that he would come back and draw more, it’s probably best to reflect and be thankful for what he’s done.” – Jon Bois
I really can’t put it any better than Jon did. His website, complete with “Calvin and Hobbes” archives, is here.
By far my all time favorite comic. I also wish that Watterson would write more… though I hope he doesn’t. It’s a complete canon as it stands.
Agreed. There really isn’t much more he can add. Best to leave it as it is.
I hate to be contrarian but I never wished he would write more. I admire the way he said his say and left, never pimping his strip for extra money or recognition long past its freshness. It’s very rare that someone reaches the top of his profession and decides not only that he doesn’t want more, but that he doesn’t even want that. He just liked to draw and had something to say. Would we all be so lucky to be satisfied by that.
Calvin & Hobbes was brilliant. Just brilliant.
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