Kids are still reading 'Calvin and Hobbes'

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  • Drobovik WEST JORDAN, UT
    March 10, 2014 11:22 a.m.

    There are several things that make Calvin and Hobbes so endearing. First, the visual aspect. It is illustrated beautifully, with amazing watercolor backgrounds, and awesome facial expressions in all the characters, and getting creative in the Sunday strip format, for example. Another part is the imagination of Calvin. He takes on so many different alter egos: Spaceman Spiff, Stupendous Man, Tracer Bullet, a T-Rex. Plus all the cool inventions he makes with his cardboard box: The Transmogrifier (later appearing in gun form), the time machine, Cerebral Enhance-o-Tron, and the Duplicator. I really think the enduring charm of "Calvin and Hobbes" is that ability to imagine.
    In reference to Bill Watterson not licensing "Calvin and Hobbes" for anything is a smart move. There is no need to fix what isn't broken. Reading it in print is the best way, in my opinion, to really understand, imagine, and love "Calvin and Hobbes".

  • Spoons Lake Tahoe, NV
    March 7, 2014 10:19 p.m.

    Its true and shocking. I had a bunch of old Calvin and Hobbes Books on my shelf from my childhood. One day I noticed my 6 year old son sitting on the floor and glued to them. He has gone through all of them numerous times. I starting reading in 5th grade (1987) and he is in first grade. Certainly he cannot understand the complexities of the comic, yet he keeps reading. Its funny to me to find this article. Calvin and Hobbes contains a glimpse into the childhood of every American boy - genius.

  • Kalindra Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 7, 2014 1:32 p.m.

    What you don't want to hear your child say while reading Calvin and Hobbes: "I should try that." :)

  • gee-en Salt Lake City, UT
    March 7, 2014 11:35 a.m.

    I've never heard of Mary Worth...but Calvin and Hobbes along with Bloom County and The Far Side are some of the best reading I did in my youth.

  • Llew40 Sandy, UT
    March 7, 2014 10:19 a.m.

    My nephew, appropriately named Calvin, stared bringing me these comic books to read aloud and now he reads them on his own and loves them. You can't keep a good tiger down.

  • jeanie orem, UT
    March 7, 2014 8:19 a.m.

    We love Calvin and Hobbes! It is an intelligent comic strip full of imagination and great art. Bill Watterson gets people and what makes them tick especially little boys.

    My daughter learned and memorized the famous "to be or not to be" by Shakespeare at a young age thanks to a dramatic plate of food contemplating its existence.

    I think my kids learned more about history and culture from Calvin and Hobbes and The Far Side than probably any other source. All our copies (the big Costco hard bound books) of both are worn from many happy hours of reading.

    March 7, 2014 6:38 a.m.

    Of all the things lost in our culture's decaying state, I miss good comic strips--almost--the most. In the 80s, when I arrived at work each morning, I would turn the page of my "Far Side" calendar. The whole office followed "Bloom County", later "Outland". But "Calvin and Hobbes" was probably the greatest of those. I still read them, myself, in my own dog-eared collection. The stuff published in our local paper are trite, poorly drawn, uninteresting things: most just a talking head with no background whatever, or nearly none. Bill Waterson commented on this in his 10th anniversary book. Sigh. Oh, well: to paraphrase Humphrey Bogart, "We'll always have Spaceman Spiff".