Brovember 9 – Calvin and Hobbes
Most of us probably have some fond memories from childhood, and maybe some times we would like to forget (probably some point in high school for the majority of us). But when it comes to your primary school years, I think most people probably retain the good memories over the bad. There was playing make-believe, not being too big for the slip-and-slide, and being friends with all your stuffed animals or toy dinosaurs. Well, if we are going to talk about the most phenomenal childhood bromance of all times, I think you have to give it up to Calvin and Hobbes. I am writhing with envy of these two, who despite the occasional disagreement or fight, had one of the most epic childhoods ever together.
I think most of us reading this blog probably played make-believe when we were kids (and maybe we still do- don’t knock it til you try it!). I know that I was one of the last kids on the block to stop. Arthur Harkness could probably attest to this as his older siblings, whom I adore dearly, were the first to tell me I was too old to be playing make-believe anymore. Even my little brother got tired of pretending to be dinosaurs from Jurassic Park before I did. What I woudn’t have given to have my best friend be my stuffed animal who never tired of my plots and schemes!
I know I have said before that I don’t read as many (or any) comics that I should, but I am a Calvin and Hobbes addict. Calvin and Hobbes share more touching and exciting moments than all the bromances we will talk about this month combined. Let’s see, where to start. Well, first off, the two start their very own boy’s club, which is creatively named GROSS (Get Rid Of Slimy Girls). This ties in with their perpetual quest to torture the local girl in the neighborhood, Suzie Derkins. Sadly for Calvin, Hobbes just can’t seem to help himself sometimes and joins the coodie ridden female for tea parties. And these two diabolical kids are great at torturing their poor old babysitter.
Continuing their creatitivity, some of my favorite comics of the two involve their snowmen creations in winter. And how cool is it that they invented their own sport, CALVINBALL. This sport looks almost as fun as quidditch! Working together to make a chaotic, rule-less sport is certainly a phenomenal way to build your bromance.
Just imagine having your best friend tiger never tiring of playing make believe, never telling you that you were too old! The two travel together to distant planets and dinosaur filled landscapes in their very own time machine. And of course sometimes things go wrong, like when the time machine accidentally turned in to a copier, resulting in numerous Calvins and Hobbes running amok in the bedroom.
And aside from all the fun, Hobbes stays true to his philosophical name to help Calvin get through some of the more troubling times of childhood. The two contemplate mortality in one strip when they come across a dead sparrow in the woods. They comfort each other when their house is robbed. They discuss preserving the environment and human’s continual path of destruction. They leave us feeling warm and fuzzy inside when they realize that they will be friends forever. We have a lot of bromances to bring you this month, but this one might just be the best of all time.
On a different note, for those of you as obsessed with Calvin and Hobbes as I am, there is a documentary on the author coming out this year!
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