1993 : my aunt Vera, a.k.a. "the aunt who saw and conquered the world" (she visited over 25 countries worldwide),
brought home a present for me, for my 9th birthday.
It was a book. A comicbook : Calvin and Hobbes - The Revenge Of The Baby-Sat. A strong collection of
gags. I was instantly smitten, although I didn't understand the texts. My parents would read and translate
some for me every night. Every year, I would understand more and more of the brilliant shorts.
When I was 13, I could read the whole set on my own, so I asked for more. I currently own 6 books,
so still some to look forward to. Last year, The Complete Calvin and Hobbes was released as an affordable
set. Since I own at least 40% of the material, I have no plans to buy this (beautiful) release.
Bill Watterson, the genius behind Calvin and Hobbes, quit in 1995. A bold but smart move.
Many comicstrips still exist after twentysomething years, but they never stay as funny as they were in the beginning.
It's been eleven years since we saw a new Calvin And Hobbes, but every single one is incomparable.
Again, Bill Watterson isn't a man who saves lives or delivers world peace.
But he definitely is a hero. Respect, mr. Watterson!
Julian, 25 August 2006