Five Reasons I Still Adore Calvin & Hobbes

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1. The Expressions

calvin_022.sized.jpgI'm not just talking about Calvin's disgusted "blech!" face when he gets served something healthy and unidentifiable at the dinner table. I'm talking about Hobbes's mile-wide grin when he gets a kiss from Susie Derkins. I'm talking about the the sour grimace on the babysitter's face after enduring a night of Calvin's hijinx. Watterson barely needed to provide dialogue.

2. Vocabulary
calvin_and_hobbes.jpgThere's nothing better than a six-year-old kid who ruminates on life using pentasyllabic words. Here's to holding the funnies in one hand and a thesaurus in the other. Guess that's what you get when you have a comic strip named after a theologian and a British philosopher.

3. Calvin's Imagination

calvin-trex.jpgSure, there's the make-believe tiger friend. But what about the strip with the T-Rex flying the fighter jet? Or when Spaceman Spiff landed on some new alien planet that ended up being the mashed potatoes on Calvin's dinner plate? Or when a ratty cardboard box turned into a time machine or a cloning chamber or, best of all, a transmogrifying machine? (Trans-mog-ri-fy-ing. Five syllables. What'd I tell you?)

4. G.R.O.S.S.
gross.gifWhatever the prepubescent version of sexual tension is, you could cut it with a knife when Susie Derkins came strolling by on her way to a tea party with favorite doll Binky Betsy. Calvin "Supreme Dictator For Life" and Hobbes up in the treehouse had me rolling on the floor laughing when they convened the Get Rid Of Slimy girlS club. That incorrigible Ladies' Tiger, Hobbes, always forgetting the credo.

5. Bill Watterson