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Calvin and Hobbes

A syndicated daily comic strip written and illustrated by American cartoonist Bill Watterson.

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Bringing out your inner child

  • Aug 8, 2010

Calvin and Hobbes are two of the cleverest characters ever to grace the bookshelf. I grew up reading them with fervent amazement and wonder. As I child I gleaned brilliant ideas for: how to properly word a letter to Santa, the correct way to play baseball, and how to win water balloon fights. As a teenager I gathered lessons on: Sarcasm, how to play well with others, the best way to get out of homework projects, and how to pull off that nonchalant cool that Calvin seemed to ooze. Now as an adult, I catch the underlying lessons on life, love, and world domination. I can comprehend the philosophy, subtle social commentary, and cleverly worded phrases. These characters are truly ageless.

All of the volumes are excellent, with firm foundations in clever humor, laugh out loud antics, and lovable characters who will stay with you forever. Calvin is a precocious youngster who has an unlimited imagination, boundless energy, and a devious knack for trouble. He is joined in his adventures by a wise cracking, super smooth tiger of epic coolness- the irresistible Hobbes. (To the adults that live in Calvin's worlds Hobbes may merely be a stuffed animal, but to Calvin, you, and me, he's the best friend any of us could wish for) There's the delightfully clever Susie, who keeps the mastermind Calvin in check, as well as his evil teacher, heartless babysitter, and a dozen or so of Calvin's interchangeable persona's.

Each strip is a gem onto itself, and each book a collection of such brilliant comedy, that you won't be able to put it down till you've finished the whole thing.

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August 09, 2010
I loved Calvin and Hobbes as a child, and I still do! I agree with all you've had to say. Fantastic review, Kathryn!
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review by . February 05, 2011
The couragous Spaceman Spiff finally conquered those evil editors
It was certainly a sad day in the world of Sunday comics at the end of 1995 when Bill Watterson threw in the towell on his 10 year long adventures of a 6 year old boy wise beyond his years but who does horribly in school and his stuffed tiger friend.  Yes the strips were starting to feel old hat and you could see his energy running out so maybe it was for the best.      Calvin and Hobbes started in 1985 with the premise of Calvin the perpetually 6 year old blonde haired …
Quick Tip by . January 10, 2011
I love Calvin and Hobbes. This strip perfectly captured the youth of almost any boy with a wild imagination!
Quick Tip by . February 06, 2011
I miss this as a regular.....it used to have me ROTFLMAO
Quick Tip by . February 05, 2011
Timeless tale of a young boy and his stuffed tiger who comes to life in his mind. A cut above a lot of other Sunday faire but learning more about the creator made me a little sour on it.
review by . July 03, 2010
An essential part of my childhood.
I can't imagine growing up without Calvin and Hobbes. Some of my earliest memories are trying to imitate Calvin's genius snowmen set-ups, exploring the forest pretending I was him, and reading the books at night with a flashlight. Everything about the books: the art, the story, the humor, is perfect. My best friend and I each had different volumes and were constantly trading off and re-reading them, but now I own them all. I still read them at least once a week, and am catching things I …
Quick Tip by . August 05, 2010
Classic newspaper comic about a little boy who's imagination and philosophy are not matched by his scholastic skills. The boy and his stuffed tiger has some great adventures.
Quick Tip by . July 14, 2010
Definitely appeals to all audiences. It presents Child friendly humor alongside a deeper philosophical satire that can be unnoticed on the surface.
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
The definition of comedy is Calvin and hobbes
Quick Tip by . July 05, 2010
awesomeness to the extreme!
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Calvin and Hobbes is a syndicated daily comic strip written and illustrated by American cartoonist  Bill Watterson, and syndicated from November 18, 1985 to December 31, 1995. It follows the humorous antics of Calvin, a highly precocious and adventurous six-year-old boy, and Hobbes, his sardonic stuffed  tiger. The pair are named after John Calvin, a 16th-century French Reformation theologian, and Thomas Hobbes, a 17th-century English political philosopher.  At its height, Calvin and Hobbes was featured in over 2,400 newspapers worldwide; as of January 2010, reruns of the strip still appear in more than 50 countries. Nearly 45 million copies of the 18 Calvin and Hobbes books have been sold.

Set in the contemporary Midwestern United States in an unspecified suburban community, the broad themes of the strip deal with Calvin's flights of fantasy and his friendship with Hobbes, his misadventures, his unique views on a diverse range of political and cultural issues and his relationships with the people in his life, especially his parents. The dual nature of Hobbes is also a recurring motif: Calvin sees Hobbes as a live anthropomorphic tiger, while other characters see him as a stuffed toy. Though the series does not mention specific political figures or current events, it does explore broad issues like environmentalism, public education, and the flaws of opinion polls.

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