Posts Tagged ‘Calvin and Hobbes’

Lio versus Calvin: Freudian Funnies

Posted by on December 1st, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Lio's direct referencing of Calvin makes the difference a matter of one's attitude toward the past, toward tradition — in this case, toward comics. Calvin digs up trash, and calls it treasure; discovers, instead, that the tradition is dead and rotting. The very symbol of the decay is Calvin. But death, here, is not necessarily bad. Lio is by disposition morbid — curious about the monsters under the bed, a friend to aliens and zombies. So Lio is thrilled to find the dead boy, just as Calvin was thrilled to find some bugs. Maybe corpses are treasure. Lio's is a gleeful nihilism.


Posted by on February 2nd, 2010 at 6:35 PM

Fresh newly crafted Calvin and Hobbes comic strips haven’t been in the newspaper for fourteen years. During that time, the strip’s creator, Bill Watterson, has been absent from the public prints, refusing to be interviewed or photographed. But Watterson

A Narrator in Search of a Protagonist: Looking for Calvin and Hobbes

Posted by on January 13th, 2010 at 9:00 AM
If Nevin Martell had edited an anthology of the many interviews with, articles about, and essays by, Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson, it would have been a real boon to fans and scholars alike. What we get instead is the book-length equivalent of a People Magazine article, with its tone of adoration and its chatty, not-as-witty-as-it-thinks, prose. The main difference is that the star didn't stop by for a photo shoot and interview.