One of my most prized possessions is The Complete Calvin and Hobbes, the undisputed greatest comic of all time. I defy anyone to name a strip more hilarious, more cohesive, more emblematic of the vicissitudes of life. I’ve read and reread those volumes countless times, and I rank both Calvin and Hobbes as two of the most influential fictional characters in my life. In fact, I once boasted that I knew the strip so well, I could predict the content of each strip’s final panel while only being shown the first two. Incredulous friends would test my ability, and it became a fun game that I’ve since dominated.
But what if I want to play and no one is around? Thankfully, my friend R is always there for me.