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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.