“You’re not American if you didn’t cry at the end of ‘Field of Dreams’ or after reading the last panel of the last Calvin and Hobbes strip.”
~Official AFFotD Employee Manual
It’s a common misconception that comic strips are only meant for children. Sure, most comics are created with children in mind, but really, the only difference between a sober child and a drunk American is height and reflex time. And it’s a common consensus that if you ask most Americans what the greatest comic strip of all time is, they’ll either say “Peanuts,” “Calvin and Hobbes” or “No, that’s it, those are the only two acceptable responses.”
Calvin and Hobbes raised a generation of Americans, and helped usher the age of the “Children’s entertainment that was literate and accessible for adults” trend that unfortunately was replaced with “Uhhh what the hell is this trippy shit?” It ran for only 10 years, which meant it only was around for 1/5 of the time as “Peanuts” but which also meant that it was featured in infinity times less MetLife commercials. The first Calvin and Hobbes appeared in 1985 when its creator, Bill Watterson, was only 27 years old.
Bill Watterson was able to create two of the most endearing characters in American literary history, and despite the fact that he is a little crazy, he managed to craft an American masterpiece, which many of AFFotD staff members use as influence in their everyday lives.
Here is a list of ways that Calvin and Hobbes has left its indelible mark on American culture.