I used to read the newspaper comics daily. “The funnies,” as they are often called, were one of my favorite parts of the paper, largely thanks to Bill Watterson’s “Calvin and Hobbes” strip. And then on New Year’s Eve 1995, Watterson stopped producing it. For me and many other fans, it was a sad day. And in response, I stopped reading the funnies altogether.
I discovered “Calvin and Hobbes” when I was a teenager. I think I was 15 or so. For someone who took himself so seriously at that age and considered himself to be so much older than he actually was, Calvin’s world helped remind me what it was like to be a kid and the importance of imagination.