The Lighter Side of Life

Being a kid at heart, I absolutely love comics. My three favorites are The Far Side, Calvin & Hobbes, and Get Fuzzy.

The Far Side

Unfortunately, Gary Larson does not allow his comics to be reproduced on the internet it any format. However, Worth 1000 has produced photographs based on the works of Gary Larson. Of all his books, my favorite would have to be The Prehistory of the Far Side mainly because it gives us a view inside the mind of the artist. However, it also talks a great deal about the criticisms he has received of the years. My favorite story is one that centers around the following cartoon:Larson Cartoon opyright 1987 Universal Press Syndicate

After this cartoon was published in 1987, the executive director of the Jane Goodall Center had an attorney draft a rather stern letter to Larson. The letter stated the cartoon was “incredibly offensive,” “in poor taste,” and “absolutely stupid.” Larson, who respected Jane Goodall, was horrified by the idea that he might have offended her. Before he had the chance to apologize, he received a call from the National Geographic Society requested permission to reprint the cartoon in their special centennial issue. Naturally, Larson's company declined. Well, National Geographic were surprised and contacted Jane Goodall directly about the cartoon. Goodall had enjoyed the cartoon and had not been offended by it at all. The cartoon not only was reprinted in National Geographic, Larson has allowed the Jane Goodall Institute to reproduce the cartoon on a fund raising t-shirt. (Cartoon is ©1987 Universal Press Syndicate. Use of a single, low-resolution image to illustrate a story line depicted is used here under the fair use copyright.)


Calvin and Hobbes

Calvin is my favorite character, maybe because he and I seem have a similiar outlook on many things:

Calvin and Hobbes Cartoon
Calvin and Hobbes Cartoon

I also love the way he is comfortable in his own skin and doesn't really care what other people think about him:


Calvin and Hobbes Cartoon
Calvin and Hobbes Cartoon
Calvin and Hobbes Cartoon

Finally, there is his wonderful outlook on life:

Calvin and Hobbes Cartoon
Calvin and Hobbes Cartoon

If you have never had the experience to read a Calvin and Hobbes cartoon, I urge you to check them out immediately. Here are a few other of my favorite "Calvanisms."

From The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes:
“In my opinion, television validates existence.”
“Childhood is short, maturity is forever.”
“True friends are hard to come by ... I need more money.”
“I think nighttime is dark so you can imagine your fears with less distraction.”
“It's only work if somebody makes you do it.”
“Life's disappointments are harder to take when you don't know any swear words.”

From Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster:
“Nothing spoils fun like finding out it builds character.”
“It seems like once people grow up, they have no idea what's cool.”
“Why waste time learning, when ignorance is instantaneous?”

From There's Treasure Everywhere:
“I must obey the inscrutable exhortations of my soul.”
“Why should I have to WORK for everything?! It's like saying I don't deserve it!”

From The Essential Calvin and Hobbes:
“There's an inverse relationship between how good something is for you, and how much fun it is.”
“Leave it to a girl to take all the fun out of sex discrimination.”

And my favorite is Calvin's reply to the comment that “The world isn't fair.”
“I know, but why isn't it ever unfair in my favor?”

Get Fuzzy

Get Fuzzy is a new comic out with an interesting cast of characters that resembles the classic Garfield. However, Fuzzy is a vastly different character than Garfield. For me, Fuzzy represents the type of person we sometimes wish we aren’ but avoid because we are taught to be nice:

Get Fuzzy
Get Fuzzy
Get Fuzzy

While the dog, Sachel, represents the type of person we often feel like as he doesn’t quite get things sometimes:

Get Fuzzy
Get Fuzzy
Get Fuzzy

Then, there are my two favorite Get Fuzzy strips:

Get Fuzzy
Get Fuzzy


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