Thursday, February 5

Calvin and Hobbes!

It seems that not many people have heard of Calvin and Hobbes. They have been in my life for quite some time, have cheered me up when I've felt down and generally have given me a good laugh. We named the kitten I found, Hobbes because we couldn't have a cat called anything else really. What are Calvin and Hobbes you ask?

Calvin is a 6 year old boy and Hobbes is his best friend. His stuffed tiger. Well, I say stuffed tiger. Hobbes is a stuffed tiger to everyone else in the world, but to Calvin, Hobbes is real. They get into all kinds of mischief and Hobbes is generally blamed for encouraging Calvin to try new ideas, play games and generally have fun. Calvin's unfortunate mum and dad don't seem to understand that Hobbes made Calvin do it.

Calvin and Hobbes is a comic strip by Bill Watterson and appeared in the newspaper on a daily basis from November 18, 1985 to December 31, 1995. At its height, Calvin and Hobbes was featured in over 2,400 newspapers worldwide. To date, more than 30 million copies of the 18 Calvin and Hobbes books have been printed. I have several of the books and can re-read them time and time again.

Bill Watterson didn't want to be thrown into a huge limelight and was very anti-merchandising, and so there is verylittle legitimate Calvin and Hobbes merchandise, other than the books. Calvin and Hobbes have become icons for a cult following!

Why am I writing about Calvin and Hobbes? I mentioned them to a friend of mine and gave her one of the books to read. She handed me the book back this morning and said it wasn't her 'kind of thing'. I was horrified! How could she not get Calvin and Hobbes? I think it must take a certain kind of person to enjoy them. Strange really as I have enlisted my entire family, including my mum, into the ranks of Calvin and Hobbes fans.

Anyway, enough rambling. I thought I'd share a few C&H comic strips, and aptly, due to the snow, one of my favourites in the series, Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons (the book is hilarious!)

I hope you enjoy them. If not, why not? hmmm? LOL

This one is lovely, it makes you want to melt.

Calvin on girls

Boys will be boys!!

The ritual 'I'm home' Greeting

Calvin's Snow Art

Snow Art upsets Calvin's Dad

Hmmm, I think I got a bit carried away there. It's so hard to choose a couple, particularly with the very imaginiative snow goons!