Monday, February 1, 2010

Artistic Calvin and Hobbes

I've always been the type to flip to the comics before reading the news in the paper and went so far as to dedicate a semester-long historical research paper/project on "Blondie" in grad school. But growing up "Calvin and Hobbes" was my absolute favorite so when I stumbled upon this round-up of artistic interpretations of the mischievous duo, I couldn't help but smile and share.

Did you have a favorite comic strip growing up?

P.S. My grad school friend, Nevin, recently published a book titled Looking for Calvin and Hobbes: The Unconventional Story of Bill Watterson and his Revolutionary Comic Strip. In it, he tells the story of the insanely-private man behind the comic strip with input from artists, writers and some of Watterson's closest friends. Want to know how reclusive Watterson is? Apparently he just gave his first interview since the strip ended 15 years ago!

Image: comicsalliance.com

16 comments :

  1. Always been a fan of Blondie, but for whatever reason, I always flip to Family Circus. :) The interpretation of how kids see the world never failed to make me smile.

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  2. I was always into Family Circus!

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  3. The strip ended 15 years ago!?! I really can't believe it's been that long, I feel old. Loved Calvin and Hobbes, have a couple of the books I might have to look at tonight!

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  4. i love calvin and hobbes. i even named my first cat calvin! (i know, i know, hobbes is the cat, but calvin the kitty, was just like calvin the boy, all orange and spikey).

    i loved foxtrot too. that family was crazy!

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  5. Ooh, Family Circus was another good one. I remember in junior high I'd cut out comic strips from the Sunday Daily News and paste them in a notebook along with the word finds and riddles.

    Can someone please explain to me why I was not the coolest girl in school? I mean really...

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  6. Oh my goodness, my heart skipped a beat and ovaries tightened just a bit when I saw that picture! I love love LOVE Calvin and Hobbes, and that picture is absolutely adorable. I so wanted my own Hobbes when I was growing up. And i'd never thought about it, but I definitely want Calvin and Susie to end up married.

    I also love Peanuts (which is why my blog is called You're the Charlie Browniest), but I never wanted to imagine them growing up because I felt like that was so against their nature. It would be interesting to see if Chuck ever got the little Red Haired Girl or if Linus and Sally got together...

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  7. Oh! I loved Calvin and Hobbes! And Peanuts. And I remember when the Far Side was in the newspaper, too.

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  8. I love love love Calvin and Hobbes, definitely my favorite AND the only comic to make me laugh so hard I cried.

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  9. I'm with Kristen. When I was little, I'd cut out every Family Circul cartoon script and made a scrapbook!

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  10. If it was left under my nose long enough, I probably read it. But I can't say I really had a favourite.

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  11. Aww Calvin and Hobbes! It's amazing how such a simple comic can resonate so truthfully with so many people. I always wanted a Hobbes of my very own, and I was always firmly in the Hobbes Is Real camp.

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  12. I never really read comics... ever. Now I think about it, that is a little strange but I just used to pick up books instead :S

    SE x

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  13. I love Calvin and Hobbes. Just brilliant. And so very adult...at least there are some things I think you don't understand until you're an adult.

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  14. My family was huge into Calvin and Hobbes growing up. We had all the books in a stack on our coffee table! :)

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  15. Calvin & Hobbes was definitely my favorite. I have every one of his books, and I've read them all multiple times. I was heart-broken when Bill decided to end the strip. I look forward to reading it every day.

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  16. I had several favorites. C&H was my absolute fav though. That's a great reworking in his styling. I also liked the Nina Matsumoto one that was on that link.

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