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11 More Authors You MUST Read Before College

By Becky Ferreira Mar 8, 2013

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Bill Watterson

Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes comic strip series is not only something you must read before college, it's something your must read throughout your entire life. As if by magic, a reader of any age can pick up one of Watterson's collections and find wisdom, humor, and joy there. Calvin's maniacal egotism and Hobbes' wry wit lead to meaningful conversations about everything from aliens, to artistic integrity, to the limitations of rocket ship underpants. Watterson's perspective on life can be best summed up by the last Calvin and Hobbes strip ever published, and one that is particularly pertinent to future college students: "It's a magical world, Hobbes, ol' buddy...let's go exploring!"

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Becky Ferreira

Becky Ferreira is a writer, performer, and raptor based in New York.

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