A Moment of Zen

Part of my childhood is defined by Calvin and Hobbes.  For adults who grew up in the late-1980s and early-1990s this comic strip was a cultural lodestone.  It was the one place where the unchained child seemed to have a voice.

I may not have played Calvinball or had a friend who was a tiger, but I felt like Calvin in so many ways.  I wanted to craft snowmen with half the creativity that was displayed by Calvin.

When Bill Watterson quit producing a daily comic strip it felt like a little part of my childhood disappeared.  It’s like anything that you immerse yourself in as a child.  When it goes away, you feel hurt.  Did you ever follow a ballplayer on a sports team with fervor only to have that player leave for another team or retire suddenly?  It feels the same way.

Recently, animator Adam Brown recently created a short that has Calvin and Hobbes dancing.  It makes me smile.

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My love of Calvin and Hobbes also makes it hard for to understand how so many memes have him urinating on various logos.  Why?  This was not a theme of the comic strip at all.  Or why some people have him praying before a giant cross.  Again, why?  Show me where such overt religiosity was ever in a single strip.  Cretins.

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