Sunday, January 25, 2009

Calvin and Hobbes

I stumbled upon this last night during my wanderings through the Internet. Calvin and Hobbes are about as classic as it gets when it comes to comic strips. Bill Watterson is a bit of an enigma, shunning the pubic spotlight in favor of seclusion and privacy. He has always fiercely opposed commercializing Calvin and Hobbes for fear that merchandising would cheapen the artistic integrity of his art.

Watterson stopped his famous comic strip after just 10 years, but he managed to fit a great deal of wisdom into that time. Wisdom dispensed from the brain of a rather precocious and devious six-year-old child give the strip tremendous humor. Below are some fine examples of Calvin's (Watterson's) trademark wit and depth.

"Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us."

"Girls are like slugs—they probably serve some purpose, but it's hard to imagine what."

"History is the fiction we invent to persuade ourselves that events are knowable and that life has order and direction. That's why events are always reinterpreted when values change. We need new versions of history to allow for our current prejudices."

or this classic as Calvin is outside looking up at the stars, "I'M SIGNIFICANT!...screamed the dust speck."

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