The Complete Calvin and Hobbes by Bill WattersonI bought this set for my boys a few Christmasses back - but really I bought it for me.
Ive read the entire thing a few pages at a time over the course of a some months and I was sad to come to the last wonderfully bound hard cover.
Although I was sad to reach the end I also applaud Bill Watterson for knowing the power in ending something. He quit while he was ahead and left us something golden. It would lessen the work if he had carried on past the point the fire left him, repeating old themes too many times, and forcing us to watch as the life leached out of these beloved characters - perhaps even passing the torch on to contracted writers to continue milking the cash cow ad infinitum. But he didnt. Thanks Bill.
Calvin and Hobbs captures a type of magic. The humour dances between many levels, brilliant visual comedy, erudite observation, poignant insight, laugh out loud slap-stick, and just damn feel-good stuff that touches everyone who has really lived.
I fell into Calvin and Hobbes world in my 30s and intend to keep dipping back in every time life gets me down.
Go try it.
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Calvin is named for a sixteenth-century theologian who believed in predestination., It's been more than a decade since any new Calvin and Hobbes comic strips have appeared, but the fearless and philosophical duo still delight millions of readers.
Calvin and Hobbes is a daily comic strip created by American cartoonist Bill Watterson that was syndicated from November 18, to December 31, Commonly cited as "the last great newspaper comic",    Calvin and Hobbes has enjoyed broad and enduring popularity, influence and academic interest. Calvin and Hobbes follows the humorous antics of the titular characters : Calvin, a precocious, mischievous and adventurous six-year-old boy; and Hobbes , his sardonic stuffed tiger. Set in the contemporary suburban United States , the strip depicts Calvin's frequent flights of fancy and friendship with Hobbes. Hobbes' dual nature is a defining motif for the strip: to Calvin, Hobbes is a living anthropomorphic tiger, while all the other characters see Hobbes as an inanimate stuffed toy. Though the series does not mention specific political figures or contemporary events, it does explore broad issues like environmentalism , public education , philosophical quandaries and the flaws of opinion polls.