We've never seen Calvin & Hobbes.....I'm going to order some on Amazon - tell me the best one to try first!
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4/16/08 at 12:23pm
|Calvin's parents, always referred to only as "Mom" and "Dad", or "Dear" to each other.
Calvin's parents, always referred to only as "Mom" and "Dad", or "Dear" to each other.
Dad's first appearance: November 18, 1985
Mom's first appearance: November 26, 1985
Calvin's mother and father are for the most part typical Middle American middle-class parents. Like many other characters in the strip, their relatively down-to-earth and sensible attitudes serve primarily as a foil for Calvin's outlandish behavior. At the beginning of the strip, Watterson says some fans were angered by the way Calvin's parents thought of Calvin (his father has remarked that he would have preferred a dog instead). They are not above the occasional cruelty: his mother provided him with a cigarette to teach him a lesson, and his father often tells him outrageous lies when asked a straight question. Calvin's father is a patent attorney; his mother is a stay-at-home mom. Both parents go through the entire strip unnamed, except as "Mom" and "Dad," or such nicknames as "hon" and "dear" when referring to each other. Watterson has never given Calvin's parents names "because as far as the strip is concerned, they are important only as Calvin's mom and dad."
Yes, start at the beginiing. The thing about C & H is that there is a limit. Well, I mean they feel limited to those of us who know the artist hasn't responded to any fan letters, or written a strip in years and years and years. It was brilliant, and now it's over. Savor them. My little children never knew the weekly strips. :sigh:
Sam Waterson is the J D Salinger of the comic strip world. It's sad, but I guess you can't get blood from a stone. Once you've said all the profundity there is to say about a boy and his tiger, that's all there is to say.
It's brilliant, it's touching, it's hilarious, and it is to savor. Waterson is an enigma.