The best thing about it was its sense of wonder that I haven't found since in any other comic strip. There was an amazing level of detail in the drawings, too, and the flights of fancy into Calvin's imagination were just astonishingly nifty. I used to say that Watterson was one of the few real artists doing comics, and so it wasn't too much of a nasty surprise when he quit to do fine art. (I occasionally fear that Amano will do the same thing) Looking all that detail Watterson put into a single panel, you can see it must have taken a lot of time and effort, and maybe he couldn't satisfy both muses at once. Anyway, I really miss Calvin and Hobbes.