Sunday, April 10, 2011
Calvin and Hobbes means the world to me. I started reading it as a 9-year-old and followed it religiously until it ended ten years later. I used to actually cut out strips as they appeared in the paper and paste them into photo albums -- many photo albums -- until my mom got tired of me stealing all her albums and started buying me the collections. My most prized books today are my three-volume collection of the entire run of strips. I must read through the whole set once a year. So much of who I am today has been informed by the wit, imagination, wonder, art, and, yes, the values of Mr. Bill Watterson.
The irony of choosing Calvin and Hobbes for this week's Twart is that I probably could have done a better job of it when I was 12. Back then I used to fill sheafs of looseleaf with Calvin doodles. Now, though, it's probably been 15 years since I last drew these characters, and it shows. In places, I think I'm within a cannonshot of being on model, but only in places. I'd like to sound cool and say this is because I just didn't have time to do it right, but, honestly, I spent all damn day on this thing!
But whatever. The point is not to show that I'm awesome (I'm clearly not). The point is to remind you how awesome these characters and their stories are, and to maybe inspire you to go back and spend a little more time with them.
Thanks for looking!