Can't believe it took me this long to find this thread.
I was raised on C & H. I can't count how many times I read Weirdos or Attack when I was a child. Every few months I go back and read through a collection or two. It always amazes me how each comic can have so much different meaning depending on what stage of life you're in.
It's strange though, the one piece from C & H that sticks with me the most is a poem from the Indispensible Treasury:
All that being said, while I can agree with Watterson's reasoning for not wanting to exploit his work...there is nothing in this world that I would not give for a Hobbes stuffed animal.
I have the two books that the treasury is made up of, The Revenge of the Baby-Sat
and Scientific Progress Goes Boink
, but I don't have that treasury and this is the first time I've read that poem. For some reason it made me cry.
Anyway, I got my first Calvin and Hobbes book, The Essential Calvin and Hobbes
, for Christmas when I was eight years old. I still have it, twenty-one years later (in fact I was reading it the other day). When I was a kid, most of Calvin's vocabulary was over my head, but I still loved the strip. One of my all-time favorite C&H stories is when Calvin has to be an onion for the school play and he gets stuck in his costume. I actually lost the book between the ages of about 12 and 25. I searched everywhere in the house for it, for years, to no avail. Long story short, we finally found it in a box stored in the basement when we were cleaning up to move out of the house I grew up in. So I still have my original copy. Over the years, I collected all the other C&H books as well--some treasuries, some not. For some weird reason, my copy of It's a Magical World
is missing the entire final Rosalyn story and a few strips after that. The pages weren't torn out, they just weren't put in in the first place. So I found that archive site mentioned on I think the first page and downloaded my missing strips. I actually didn't even notice they were not there until I realised the book skipped from page 93 to page 120-something.
This is my all-time favorite Calvin and Hobbes strip, which I recite in my head every single time I make hot cocoa:
Calvin: The secret to making great hot chocolate is to put the tiny marshmallows in first.
Hobbes: So they melt faster?
Calvin: No, so you can fit in forty or fifty of them. This way the hot chocolate just fills in the cracks.
Hobbes: I wondered why you eat it with a fork.
Calvin: Also, I don't use milk. I just heat the syrup.
One or the other of these runs through my head every time I make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich:
(Calvin, sitting at the table, is yelling to his mom, who is off-panel)
Calvin: How's my peanut butter sandwich coming? You're using chunky peanut butter, right? I won't eat smooth! Make it an open-face sandwich, too! Don't put any jelly on it or anything. And use some normal bread! I don't like those weird grain breads! Did you cut it diagonally? I like triangles better than rectangles, so be sure to cut it right!
Calvin's mom (setting the sandwich on the table): Your majesty's sandwich.
Calvin: HEY! This is a closed-face, horizontally-cut, smooth peanut butter sandwich on weird bread with jelly! Weren't you LISTENING?
(Calvin is looking aghast into a jar of peanut butter)
Calvin: Aaugh! The peanut butter is ruined! You're supposed to scoop one half straight down and then dig out the other side from the bottom, so part of the top remains undisturbed until the very end!
Calvin's mom (perplexed): What on earth for?
Calvin (as if this should be completely obvious): It's a ritual! You have to keep the top of the peanut butter smooth!
Calvin's mom: Maybe you should make your own sandwiches.
Calvin: If you can't control your peanut butter, you can't expect to control your life. Did you cut the bread diagonally?
I quote Calvin's "If you can't control your peanut butter, you can't expect to control your life" constantly.