I should start by mentioned that Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes is my all-time favorite comic. The imagination and mischief that’s brought to life by the rabble-rouser and his best friend / stuffed animal in C&H is something I completely related to as a young kid… though I probably didn’t get in trouble nearly as much as Calvin. If you’re raising a young boy, it’s your parental duty to make sure he gets to experience the pure genius of this comic – just don’t hold me responsible for any crazy shenanigans that ensue because of it.
While I was in high school, my grandmother mailed me clippings of a new comic titled Zits because she said it reminded her of me and my best friend. So I gave it a chance. And sure enough, the lead character, Jeremy was practically my twin – perhaps more in the mental sense than anything else. His friends and their adventures in getting through the day as freshmen in high school even seemed to be carbon copies from my own life. Jeremy is the perfect archetype of a teenage American boy that so many people will find some similarity to. Ever since being introduced to the Zits, I find myself revisiting it as often as I can – and just as related to Calvin and Hobbes in my early years, Zits speaks so much truth about the years that would follow. Check it out!