Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Future of Calvin & Hobbes

Calvin & Hobbes is, by all accounts, a masterpiece of American literature. So far I've found nothing to refute that view. I've the complete collection, but have only have read a little, deliberately saving and savouring. Bill Watterson is to be admired both for his artistic integrity and knowing when to stop. The latter is a rare and valuable thing; especially, dare I say, in America.

In the past few days two separate depictions of a future, older Calvin have gushed out of my web firehose. (Future and older together is not necessarily a tautology in fiction). I unfortunately can't say who created them because of the disturbing internet trend to link to pictures unattributed. The first is humorous with a touch of pathos, the second poignant despite the unnecessary hallmarkesque demotivational text and border. Both are rather good, but I hope they follow Watterson's lead and leave it at that.

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