Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Thing and Calvin and Hobbes



I don't think I am alone when I say that Calvin and Hobbes is the greatest comic strip ever created. Sure, there have been other fine examples, but C&H really had the whole package - an excellent hook, fantastic artwork, hilarious gags, endless invention, and even touching moments. Couple that with the fact that Bill Watterson made the decision to end the strip when it was still at the apex of its quality and you have a true classic. Watterson has also amazingly resisted the urge to merchandise his characters, which has maintained the integrity of the strip. I can't imagine how much money he could have made off of toys of Calvin and both versions of Hobbes, or licensing the characters out to animation houses or commercials. You have to hand it to Watterson for sticking to his guns on this matter. Still, I would love it if the reclusive Watterson decided to give us another year or two of their adventures one of these days...

9 comments:

Xenorama said...

this is an awesome cover. would Ben be able to see Hobbes as Calvin does?

I would have loved to see a movie of Calvin and Hobbes, with cartoon animation (by that I mean 2D) and his "real" life i n B/W and the adventures with Hobbes or as Spaceman Spiff etc in vibrant color.

Mikeyboy said...

Don't be offended by the Facebook reference Ross...but you need a LIKE button...I LIKE!!!!
I have all the Calvin and Hobbes trades. They're hysterical...my favorite is SPACE MAN SPIFF!!!

Ross said...

I have a fan page for this site on Facebook, where you can join and then click "like" to your heart's content.

An animated film for C&H would be cool, but I bet they would have a hard time finding just the right voice actors.

Ross said...

I do have a donate button on here... but nobody ever seems to click on that!

Mikeyboy said...

I'munnacheckitout right NAOW!!!!

Rick said...

This was a good cover. Who will he team up with next? Dilbert?

Mike said...

Awesome!

That made me smile.

SmearySoapboxPress said...

Ha! I think this is my new favorite!
- dale.

TIM said...

Loved the cover. I wonder if
Calvin, who has such a creative
imagination, is imagining the
Thing chasing him.

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