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August 27, 2003
Unintentional Allegory

I'm not sure what was happening in the news in August, 1992 - I was still in the Army, and in fact we were in the field almost the entire month, so any news that might have happened would have escaped my attention.

But I'll tell you - my thought on seeing this cartoon from 8/21/92 was that it could have been drawn this past week, about about the situation in Israel today.

It's hard to co-exist with things that want to kill you.
Or am I reading too much into it? I expect so - Watterson wasn't an editorial cartoonist, after all.
I wonder if we could set fire to the bed without burning the house down.
Anyway, I've said it before - make Calvin & Hobbes a regular read. It's still the best.

Posted by Russ at 10:21 AM, August 27, 2003 in Nat'l Security

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I'm absolutely convinced that Watterson made a Faustian pact with the devil. Ten years of a perfect cartoon and then vanish. I am still stunned by the action he was able to depict in a single comic strip frame. His art was VERY under-rated.

Not a single plush Hobbes doll, animated C&H special, no sticky-hands-calvin-car-window-guys, etc.

I remember when I first moved to LA in 1985 and read C&H from the beginning when I rode the bus to work (I had just moved to LA from NY and hadn't gotten into LA's "car culture"). I knew from the start that it was superior.

And would someone please put Agnes out of our misery?

Posted by: Aaron's Rantblog at September 4, 2003 09:28 PM