Yes. I think both Shel and Bill vividly remember the joy and terror of childhood. The magic of being thrown up into the air and then caught by daddy.
Dad sowing chaos, just for the heck of it. (Last frame) You can see where Calvin gets his Godzilla streak from.
I love Hobbes’ response in panel 2. Yeah, Hobbes buddy. Been there, said that.
More than 60 years ago, we tobogganed down “Bald Mountain” (MI) full-speed into the trunk of a thorn tree, catapulting me and my 3 siblings into the branches. The ride was absolutely worth it.
What was THAT?! An orange and black striped bullet train?
Huh. Interesting. Thanks. Come to think of it, that does ring a vague bell. I probably read that somewhere, then forgot. When things make perfect sense to me, I sometimes forget the idea isn’t mine.
Re: the Nature of Reality. Note the car nearly vertical here. Also note, a strips later, that the car is towed out without any damage. BW sees no contradiction in that, any more than a stuffed toy that’s real. At this moment, Calvin’s world has ended.
Actually, I nominate Suzie as that protagonist.
I love how this manages to thoroughly confuse us as to the place of morality in the grand scheme of things. One thing’s for sure: Cal’s a real human being (and Hobbes loves him anyway). PS: I hope one day we have a comic strip of this quality with a girl protagonist.
I imagine that Bill W. was piping his own feelings through Calvin. Been there.