This is by far the best comic that I have ever read.
I actually wrote some of my college essays on Calvin and Hobbes, and I
got in. I congratulate Bill Watterson, the creator of Calvin and
Hobbes, and wish that he never ended the comic. If you read enough
of it, you can just feel the essence of childhood. By far though,
when I read the comic below, it really touched me:
This is a college essay that I wrote about Calvin
and Hobbes. It was originally for UPENN, but I thought that it was
a lot better than my other essays about bullshit on my worst experience
or favorite friend. I actually got into Cornell with this essay,
and it pretty much sums up my views on Calvin and Hobbes:
If I could spend a day with
any fictional character, it would be Calvin from the comic strip Calvin
and Hobbes written by Bill Watterson. He is the most imaginative
character that I have ever read and his philosophical questions boggle
me. The spirit of a boy's childhood is shown through Calvin's imagination
and the playfulness of a child is shown through Calvin's activities.
Calvin uses imagination to turn his stuffed tiger Hobbes into a real tiger. He gives Hobbes a feline quality, which allows Hobbes to sneak up and attack Calvin every time Calvin opens the front door. Calvin's parents and his baby-sitter Rosalyn view Hobbes as just a stuffed animal that Calvin carries around, but to Calvin Hobbes is and will always be his lifelong friend who will stick by him.
Through Calvin's use of a transmogrifier, he is able to capture the essence of imagination. In one storyline, Calvin transforms to look like Hobbes. He walks around and tells his mom and dad that he has changed into a tiger, even though his parents still see Calvin as just a boy with an overactive imagination. Still Calvin asks his mom to make tuna fish (Hobbes's favorite food) and scolds his parents for not noticing his change from a human to a tiger.
Calvin's playfulness can be seen in one storyline where he creates his own club called G.R.O.S.S. (Get Rid Of Slimy girlS) The only members enlisted are Calvin and Hobbes, yet they have a fun time throwing water balloons at his friend Susan Derkins. Calvin has a crush on Susan but he is too young to realize it and in the "Girls are yucky" phase. Another example is when Calvin and Hobbes play CalvinBall, which only has one rule: you make the rules as you go along.
However this is not to say that Calvin and Hobbes is only for children; Calvin has a flip side to him. In one storyline Calvin and Hobbes are in their red wagon pondering how people go through life. By using similes, Calvin compares the path of life to their wagon going down a path of woods. By making choices, we create our own path of life, unable to look back and change what we have done.
In another storyline, Calvin goes through an existential phase when he discovers an injured raccoon. The raccoon ends up dying, yet Calvin feels that he is not gone in his heart. Later, Calvin comments to Hobbes that we live in "a stupid world" because he does not understand why the raccoon is placed on this world yet taken away so quickly.
Through Calvin's trials and tribulations, he learns a lot about adulthood, even though he is still a child at heart. This is why I would like to be with Calvin; he has attained knowledge of adulthood at an early age but has kept his own identity as achild. This is something that many of us have lost, but I would like to preserve it.