What begins in the teen years, grows into a fascination of a lifetime. Comic strips continue to be the blessed items of life that flip through the years like Tarzan swinging across the jungle. Illustrations with bubbling comments are probably the first things that teach you to dream big and real. Each set of comics has its own fragrance that blooms with each passing edition. Each time the villain fangs out his ugly deeds, the hero inspires the world to fight when the chips are down. From an enlightened girl child to a philosophical kitten, the world of comics actually guard us and your fragile dreams from the grueling realities of life. More than the characters, it’s the comic book writer and the graphic artist who blends in the human fragilities with the fairy tale endings.
This is the list of top comic strips you should follow.
Charlie Brown is probably the most innocent of kids you would ever come across. His dreamy puppy, Snoopy has inspired many parents to adopt a pet to forge friendship with their kids. Nicknamed Sparky, Charles Schulz is the most influential cartoonist of the 20th century. The writer taught the world to see through the eyes of a minimal detailing where his animations boast of sarcasm, which still sell with unflinching honesty. No matter which stage of life you are in, the breezy adventures of Snoopy, PigPen, Peppermint Patty and Franklin will add many innocent years into your life. Peanuts also featured the siblings of Snoopy from the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm. You are definitely blessed with a fantastic memory if you remember Spike, Belle, Marbles, Olaf and Andy!!!
· Calvin and Hobbes
The comic strip is a popular comic strip that features a stuffed tiger, Hobbes and a mischievous 6-year old boy called Calvin. Set in the growing suburban city in USA, Calvin and Hobbes
explore the world of political domination, blatant environmental issues, opinion polls and sports fantasies with a touch of reformist agenda. Created by Bill Watterson, the comic strip narrates the flight of fantasy that Calvin takes with his precious set of inanimate stuffed toys. When you have Mom and Dad striking an inquisitive conversation, Calvin often backs his excuse banked on Hobbes. Check this out for example:
Calvin: Dad, how do people make babies?
Dad: Most people just go to Sears, buy the kit, and follow the assembly instructions.
Calvin: I CAME FROM SEARS??
Dad: No. You were a Blue Light Special at K-Mart; almost as good, and a lot cheaper.
Mom (out of frame): Dear, what are you telling Calvin now?!
Moreover, the idiosyncrasy does not end with the chapters. It continues with each flip of the page.
What do you call a club that has only two members in it?
Calvin and Hobbes are the only ‘registered’ members of the ‘Get Rid Of Slimy Girls’.
Calvin and Hobbes have made it into the academic curriculum in the USA as a children’s textbook titled Teaching with Calvin and Hobbes.
What do you expect from a comic book that has lines like
Anybody can exercise... But this kind of lethargy takes real discipline.
If you want to look thinner, hang around people fatter than you.
This is it. I've reached the pinnacle of laziness and gluttony...How depressing. There's no place to go after you've reached the top.
Cats are believed to have nine lives. Garfield has all blended into one. Lasagna, Lasagna and more Lasagna, sprinkled with a lot of sleep and gluttony! You won’t find a cat smarter than this chap. Quirky humor chronicling the life of a cat and his human friend, Garfield once held the record for the world’s most widely recognized syndicated comic strip. Created by Jim Davis, not many know that the inspiration behind the character was Gnorm Gnat. As an orange cat with fuzzy fur belonging to the breed of Maine coon, Garfield was the first comic strip that had a cat featuring in the comics. Its hatred for exercise, and the mad obsession for lasagna makes the storyline rather cynical, whenever there is a mention of fitness and dieting. Garfield makes a a rather dismissive pair with Jon Arbuckle. As Garfield stole the limelight, the tug between cats and dogs spilled into the segment of comic strips as well!!!
· The Adventures of TinTin
TinTin rings a sweet chime in your ears for a comic strip that has the adventures from across the world with a dash of flamboyance and detective-like caricature. Created by Belgian artist Hergé whose real name was Georges Reme. The readers like the reporter strip for the vivid information and bringing news of global importance into the limelight. Originating from the European countryside, The Adventures of Tintin is helped by the cute fox terrier, Snowy. Breezy narration and impactful graphics make the comic strips a worthy addition to the bookshelves. Identify the characters from your own life when you connect to Captain Haddock, Professor Calculus and the gorgeous Opera singer, Bianca.
Check this conversation, for instance, which highlights why Tintin remains a hot favorite among readers.
Captain Haddock: I thought you were an optimist.
Tintin: You were wrong, weren't you? I'm a realist.
Captain Haddock: Ah, it's just another name for a quitter.
Tintin: You can call me what you like. Don't you get it? We failed.
Captain Haddock: Failed. There are plenty of others willing to call you a failure. A fool. A loser. A hopeless souse. Don't you ever say it of yourself. You send out the wrong signal, that is what people pick up. Don't you understand? You care about something, you fight for it. You hit a wall, you push through it. There's something you need to know about failure, Tintin. You can never let it defeat you.
Meanwhile, I stick to this lovable line.
"I think I've discovered the secret of life – you just hang around until you get used to it." - Charles M. Schulz