10 Best Calvin And Hobbes Comic Strips

10 Best Calvin And Hobbes Comic Strips

Just a boy and his tiger.
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Back when I was a wee lad and took piano lessons, my piano teacher had a stack of books for students to read while they waited for their siblings to finish their lessons. Among the stack of books included were multiple "Calvin and Hobbes" collections. I was enamored by the cleverness and precocious wit of Calvin, the titular 6 year old, as well as the reactions to his childlike antics by the equally ridiculous, though more subdued, Hobbes, Calvin’s stuffed tiger brought to life by his imagination.

The comic strip, written by Bill Watterson, debuted in 1985 and ran till 1995. This year marks 30 years since the strip stopped running. While it was before my time, Watterson created a series so timeless that even I, years later, enjoyed the comics as much as anybody would’ve while Calvin and Hobbes were still frolicking in the wonderful world of imagination. Here are 10 of my favorite "Calvin and Hobbes" strips of all time.


10. Calvin as the ultimate creator.

What might amount to a seemingly harmless session of building with tinker toys really amounts to Calvin with a God complex. Bet you didn't expect that, now did you?


9. The world was black and white.

A recurring theme of the comic strip is Calvin's dad telling him blatantly false truths about the world, and Calvin falls for them because, as smart as he is, he's only six. Classic dad move.


8. Words fail me.

Calvin and his hyperactive imagination strike again, this time transforming him into a tiny, adorable tiger. But don't worry, once Calvin fixes the kinks on his machine I'm sure he'll end up looking just like Hobbes.


7. I fold.


While, again, Calvin is probably a little too smart for his own good, there are things he doesn't get (and by extension, Hobbes doesn't get them either). And when you think about it, a kid trying to play poker with his stuffed tiger is just hilarious.


6. Calvin becomes his dad.

Calvin's dad is always known for being your typical pushy father, the kind who tells you that hard work builds character as Calvin so clearly mocks. It's already funny, but having Calvin's mother crack up is the nail that seals the coffin. It's obviously a very accurate impersonation.


5. The coffee table.

This was one of the earlier Calvin and Hobbes strips, and is widely regarded as the first truly hilarious strip. I mean why does a kid do anything? Does he really even need a reason?


4. Snow art.

Honestly, Calvin sounds as intellectual as a college graduate in his attempts at artistry. I wonder if that invalidates them or validates him...


3. Manipulating the system.

Sometimes Watterson used Calvin as a way to criticize our societal constructs. Often he was right on the money.


2. Squeezing out the tears.

"Calvin and Hobbes" was not afraid to get sentimental, and what better time then the holidays to show how much Calvin and Hobbes love each other? Makes me want to cry just looking at it again.


1. Let's go exploring.

In a world of entertainment that has generally struggled to conclude sagas and stories satisfyingly, Bill Watterson creates an extremely emotional and poignant ending to the series that was so dear to many of the course of its run. The open-endedness of Calvin's final declaration perfectly encapsulates everything that the comic strip stood for and has left a tear in my eye on the many occasions I have rediscovered this strip.

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To the guy that shot my brother...

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To the guy that shot my brother,

On January 9, 2019 my families entire life changed with one phone call. The phone call that my little brother had been shot in the face, no other details. We didn't need any other details. The woman on the phone who called us in full panic told us where he was so we went, as soon as possible. I don't think it helped that not even 10 min prior I talked to Zach on the phone.. kind of irritated with him, and the ONE TIME I didn't say 'I love you' as we hung up. Could've been the last time we ever spoke.. I remember pulling up to the hospital thinking 'this can't be real' 'it's not our Zach' 'this is just a dream Sarah, WAKE UP' I'd close my eyes really tight just to open them, I was still in the hospital emergency parking lot. I could still hear the ambulance sirens coming. It was all real.

The day our life's changed was definitely a test of faith. A test of how strong we were, as a family. I sat in that waiting room ready to see the damage that has been done to my sweet baby brother. Because at that point we had no idea how lucky he got. That glimpse of seeing Zach will haunt me forever. How helpless I felt in that exact moment frequently wakes me up from these horrific dreams I've been having ever since that day. That is a moment burned into my me and families brain forever.

You always hear about these things in the movies or on the news, a house being shot up, someone shooting another innocent person, not to care if they died on your watch. But we found ourselves on the news.. We have been confined to the hospital since that day. Running on barely any sleep, taking shifts of sleep so we don't make ourselves sick taking care of Zach. Watching him suffer. Undergoing surgeries, to repair the damage you did.

Before I proceed let me tell you a little something about the man you shot.

Zachary Keith Wright. A blonde hair blue eyed boy. Who could potentially be the most annoying human on the planet (possibly coming from his sister). A man who loves his God first, loves his family second. Perfect by no means, but almost perfect to me. A 19 year old who was to graduate high school this month. After graduation he was prepping to leave for Marine boot camp in the summer.. being in the military has been Zach's dream since he could talk. Literally. Running around, playing war with underwear on our heads, and finger guns. Some would say we looked like natural born assassins.. growing up he has been a country boy. Let me tell ya country to the core. He loves this country like he loves his family. He believes in helping people, taking charge in what's right, and never leaving a brother behind. He's lived by that his whole life. Until now....

The day you shot him. The day not only did you change my brothers life, you changed his families life too. The day you almost ripped my brother out of this world... for what? A misunderstanding? Because you've let something take ahold of your life that you can't let go you're willing to kill someone innocent over? Luckily for him, his guardian angels were protecting him in your time of cowardice. There were 3 times that day he should've died, the time you shot him, the time you tried to shoot him again as he stared you directly in the face, (even tho he couldn't talk I know you could read his eyes, and he still intimidated you. That's why you tried to pull the trigger again) and the time he was running out of the house. But he lived. A man who was shot in the face, didn't lay there helpless, didn't scream in agony. That MAN walked to the neighbors to get help. Why? Because he's a MAN, and because he's on this earth for a reason.

It's gonna sound a little strange not only to you, but the audience who is reading this. I must say thank you. Even in this situation, this was the best outcome we could get. He gets to live. He will make a full recovery. He will graduate. And he will go off into the Marines. You united my family together. Closer than ever. Thank you. You tested our faith and brought us closer to our God. Thank you. Because of your moment of weakness, you showed us what prayer could do. Heal anything. Thank you. This was a bump in the road, and a helluva way to kick off our year of 2019. But here we are.. all laying in the hospital. I'm looking around as mom is sleeping in her recliner chair exhasted but still here, Zach his awake playing his xbox all hooked up to machines, fighting to heal and get better. And of course I'm writing this letter to you.

See you in trial,

From the girl whose brother you shot.

'Fight the good fight' - 1 Tim 6:12 🤟🏼💙

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