If someone came up to me and asked what book I would suggest to anyone, regardless of their predilection for certain genres or their possible prejudice against the comics medium, I would have no hesitation in recommending, with the utmost confidence, the hilarious misadventures of Calvin and Hobbes.
What? You don’t like comics because you think they are only for children and intellectually challenged individuals? Oh, pish posh! You dismiss the comic book medium because you consider it to be lowbrow entertainment? How ignorant of you.
All indiscriminate aficionados of great storytelling will immediately recognize the true genius of this strip. Bill Watterson has created memorable and endearing characters that inhabit a fictional yet very familiar world. We can all identify with certain aspects of Calvin’s reality (ex. the neanderthal school bully, the yucky girl we secretly like, the nagging parents we cannot do without, etc.). Furthermore, behind the obvious humor of the cartoonish art and the ridiculous situations our heroes find themselves in on a too regular basis, older readers will be able to appreciate it’s darker, more cynical aspects. In a nutshell, there’s something for everyone.
In my perfect world, every Sunday paper would have a comics supplement. A big one. And each page would only have one strip, thus giving it’s author the room to display his art on a grand scale; NOT the pithy stamp-sized area allotted in today’s periodicals. And the front page of this heavenly publication would regale us with the further adventures of these memorable characters.