Calvin and Hobbes, a series of comics written by Bill Watterson, follows the life of a six-year old boy named Calvin and his stuffed tiger best friend, Hobbes. The series was originally published and reprinted in thousands of newspapers during the 80s, later being reprinted and published into book collections such as this spectacular title: “The Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons.” This particular edition of Calvin and Hobbes is the first ever edition that I’ve read and one I’ve had ever since I was very little, so I may be a little biased when I go to sing the comics praises.
But Calvin and Hobbes is truly something special- creating laughter, inspiring creativity, and providing comfort in the familiarity of those big introspective and existential topics we all get overwhelmed thinking about every now and then. Throughout Calvin’s adventures at home and in doors, we are constantly exposed to the ironies and hypocritical observations that we make in everyday life. This is one of the best parts of the Calvin and Hobbes series, as we are not only laughing at the characters, but also poking some fun at ourselves as hypocritical human beings.
In the comic, we are truly brought into the perspective of Calvin, seeing everything the way he sees it versus the way other people such as his parents or his more logical and rational classmate Susie do. Calvin’s world is one of never-ending hyper-active imagination as Calvin’s fears and boredom take over to make life a little more exciting or a little more easier to deal with and understand. His parents never see Calvin’s world the way he does, they only see his stuffed tiger and Calvin’s absurd methods of procrastination and entertainment that often wind up getting him in trouble.
And he certainly gets in trouble when the deranged mutant killer monster snow goons attack, leaving Calvin and Hobbes to defend their home on their own. But of course, his parents just don’t understand the amount of work Calvin has to do or how tiring his adventures can be.
All in all though, this comic is fantastic for people of all ages, having content that relates to adults, children and everyone alike. As a kid, I could totally understand where Calvin was coming from- adults just didn’t seem to understand all the stuff I was thinking about at the time. But as a teen-soon-to-be-adult, I now see the nuances in Calvin’s words, and take comfort in the advice that Watterson gives through his lovable characters.
For anyone looking for a read to cheer them up on a bad day, I definitely recommend this book. It’s nice and simple, easy to read, and full of joyful characters and funny moments that make you reflect on life. If you’re looking for the more introspective side of Calvin and Hobbes, then maybe look for The Calvin and Hobbes Lazy Sunday Book which features many more cute moments between the two that will brighten up your day.
Calvin and Hobbes: Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons by Bill Watterson is available for checkout from the Mission Viejo Library.