It’s been an incredibly long time since I’ve written a post on a book, and I’m hoping to turn that around with this post. Part of it’s been because I haven’t read a book to completion recently (to my chagrin), but I’ll credit it largely to sheer laziness. Well no more. I still love reading, and from now on I’ll make a greater effort to reflect that here.
Like I said, I haven’t finished a novel recently, but I’m working on it. Instead, here’s a list of my favorite comics, the ones I cherish most dearly. Before you say that comics are only for children, let me stop you by saying that I used to agree, but my opinion has changed long since. Just because comics have images and childish depictions don’t make them for children exclusively. They are, instead, reads for the lazy; the ones who want something to provoke them into thought, but within a couple of minutes instead of a couple of weeks. And I think a lot, if not all of the comics I’m about to list achieve just that.
You’ve almost certainly heard about it, or even read it before. I didn’t always like it – but now I do. What changed? I got a job. It’s amazing how you enjoy comics more once you grow up a little, as you can understand so many more subtle messages from the author and appreciate the story being told a lot more thanks to your own experiences. And for almost all of society, Dilbert is a comic strip that’ll likely resonate with the reader.
The Adventures of Tintin
If Tintin wasn’t a part of your childhood, I feel like you missed out. Seriously, who doesn’t love this beloved cast of characters and the plethora of adventures in which he engages? They were also the first comics I read that were of a story-book length, instead of mere comic books, which, at the time, was extremely unique. These are must-reads for the brilliant story-telling and ageless humor. I used to think that’s all there was to it, but like most comics, there’s more than what greets the eye. I was amazed when I learned when these books were published – Herge printed them at times when they were highly relevant; he was educating the public with these books. Case in point –Destination Moon and Explorers on the Moon was printed at a time when space travel was just beginning. Not only was the reading fun, but you’d actually learn something along the way as well.
Cyanide and Happiness
A more immature comic, but I enjoy it for the objectively dark humor that cheers everyone up from time to time. When you’re feeling especially cynical, this comic will affirm all your views, and draw a hearty chuckle while doing so. I wouldn’t recommend this all the time, but if you’re looking for a good laugh while you have nothing else to do, this comic might be worth browsing through.
Calvin and Hobbes
Best for last. This is, unquestionably, the best comic series ever penned in all of history. Cherished by both children and adults, I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t enjoy reading and rereading this comic strip. It also probably draws the greatest range of emotions from its readers – children read it and can’t wait to grow up, and adults read it and wistfully reminisce on their own childhood. It’s amazing how Watterson captured all the feelings and memories of everyone’s childhood and displayed it in a magnificient series of internationally loved comics. Both the artwork and dialogue couldn’t be better. And it’s this comic more than any other that never ceases to amaze me with the depth of the content published – and of all places, no? It’s clear from a first read that Calvin doesn’t just engage in every child’s shenanigans, but also in some deep introspection and moral ponderings that have plagued philosophers since the branch even came to be. And the material covers everything from the playful to the serious, including topics such as the Cold War and government misdoings. If ever a comic series covered all aspects of life, and did so masterfully and in a way that keeps readers coming back over and over and over again, it’s this one. Oh, what we wouldn’t do to see Calvin and Hobbes return.