Thursday, November 12, 2015
Book Review: Calvin and Hobbes: Yukon Ho! by Bill Watterson
I have most of the books to choose from but I didn't want a treasury because those sometimes don't have the storylines all the way through but I also didn't want one very heavy on Spaceman Spiff or the other fantasies, so I went with Yukon Ho! It's funny to think that I was 15 years old when this book came out (and around 13 when the strips ran in the paper.) While I wasn't six, and mostly I thought Calvin reminded me of my little brother (yes, in a terrifying way), I do find that nowadays, I really, really sympathize with the parents (and it totally makes sense why Calvin is an only child.) When there's a joke about Calvin's father being drunk at a frat party in college, it really humanized him for me. I think it's interesting to read these strips with more perspective. I find myself really looking for the panels in which Hobbes looks like a stuffed animal--showing us that someone else is interacting with Calvin in a way that makes Hobbes not "real," and I am wondering about those choices from Mr. Watterson. That must have been somewhat tricky. And I love Calvin's explanations for Hobbes's behavior--like when Susie "steals" his water balloon because of course a solitary stuffed animal can't put up a fight against a human, and Hobbes explains to Calvin it's because Susie is cute and flirted with him (after all Hobbes looked so cute in his Jams. Wow, I remember Jams. Very 1980s.) The thought involved in even the most simple strips are so intricately planned and plotted, it's impressive. And yet, they seem so effortless.
A reread of a favorite comic strip collection that completely holds up. I might read another, because they're just so excellent.
I bought this book at Barnes & Noble.