From a young age, I’ve had an on-and-off relationship with comic strips (and its digital cousin, web-comics). I love the format because of its ability to tell a story or to shine light on something within the span of a fraction of a page. Of the many strips I’ve read over the years, none has had as much of a lasting impact on me as the very series that got me into the medium in the first place: Calvin and Hobbes.
For those who don’t know the series, Calvin and Hobbes is about the adventures of a 6-year old boy (Calvin) and his “stuffed” tiger (Hobbes). I remember getting one of the book collections around Grade 2, reading the strips, and deciding I had to read them all (over time I managed to get 15 – I believe there are 16 books in all)! As a young child who loved to read, I was drawn to the fact that Calvin was like me: a young kid with a high vocabulary who was often misunderstood by his classmates. Not to mention the illustrations of the stories of his imagination are quite vivid to look at (click here for an example)!
As a young adult, I go back to some of the strips and am pleasantly surprised to pick up on certain things that had flown over my head as a kid! Take this strip (click here for strip). Reading it as a kid, I could tell Calvin was insulting the bully, Moe, but it wasn’t until I reread the strip a few days ago for this post that I truly understood the implications of some of the words Calvin used, which make the strip a lot funnier, in my opinion. It’s moments like these that still have me going back to read Calvin and Hobbes many years later!
If you are a fan of Calvin & Hobbes too, feel free to share one of your favourites with me. If not, and you ever get the chance to explore C & H, go for it! Then, let me know what you think. Hopefully you’ll find much to enjoy and many moments that make you laugh out loud.