I discovered Bill Watterson’s comic strip Calvin and Hobbes in elementary school on a family ski trip—a copy of Something Under the Bed is Drooling suddenly appeared on the floor of my family’s minivan. The book’s foreword made a lofty promise only a kid would take at face value: “This is a collection of the sorcerer’s recipes for changing simple ink and paper into the purest gold. This book is magic.”

Like most kids, I was initially drawn to the artwork. Bill Watterson presented a world like nothing I’d ever seen. If having a tiger for a best friend wasn’t enough, there were plenty of dinosaurs and trips to outer space with Spaceman Spiff to keep things interesting. Its existence made me feel like there was an alternative, more exciting world than the more work-a-day one I lived in… read the complete article at Huckberry.