I was surfing the net and, as usual, ran across something I was not looking for at all: Calvin and Hobbs fan art.
I hate to say it, but Calvin and Hobbes (1985 to 1995) ended 20 years ago!!! Time goes way too fast.
Many readers of this Blog are too young to have read the daily comic. Others, in our semi-illiterate world, have no clue what a newspaper even is, let alone the comics page.
From about the age 12 I made many "friends" on the comics pages: Dagwood Bumstead, Garfield, Hägar the Horrible, Dilbert and so many more. No matter how crappy the world is, my friends were always there to bring a smile to my face.
But the most special friend of all was a small boy and his stuffed tiger.
Calvin and Hobbes took me, and millions of others, back to our childhoods where the world was both more simple and more complex. Through Calvin we explored space, fought with dinosaurs, hated little girls, struggled to figure out adults and tried to avoid the stifling structure school.
When artist Bill Watterson announced he was totally ending the comic (with no real reason) the fans were crushed. We have never forgiven him for that pain.
The 3,150th and final strip ran on Sunday, December 31, 1995. It depicted Calvin and Hobbes outside in freshly fallen snow, reveling in the wonder and excitement of the winter scene. "It's a magical world, Hobbes, ol' buddy... Let's go exploring!" Calvin exclaims as they zoom off over the snowy hills on their sled, leaving, according to one critic ten years later, "a hole in the comics page that no strip has been able to fill."
So true, but I have the memories.