Nineteen ninety-six was a sad year. And don’t bother searching in that stack of newspapers you keep meaning to recycle — it’s what’s not printed inside that induced our serious funk. The previous year saw the final appearance of one of the most reliably funny comic strips ever: Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes. The memory of its last panel still chokes us up, with 6-year-old Calvin and his toy tiger/imaginary pal Hobbes sledding off over the hills, gone to explore the world.
They’re back . . . sort of. Someone on the Web has mischievously created a Calvin 2.0, simply by removing Hobbes and replacing him with Jobs, Steve Jobs. And rewriting entirely, of course: Apple’s CEO has his hands full defending himself against accusations of personal greed and corporate malfeasance — but it’s a nice fit, the silly pairing. And in his uniform of black turtleneck and jeans, Jobs is as familiar a cartoon figure as Charlie Brown.
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