Calvin and Hobbes wasn’t in the Sunday funnies when I was young enough to be reading the Sunday funnies, so I sort of missed that whole boat. Every now and then I’d see a strip, though, and I always thought it was a great comic. (The “snow sharks” one was my favorite.) Someone gave me one of those compilation books when I was in college and I loved it. But it just … I don’t know … it just wasn’t in my world.

It’s early January, most of the country is in the clutches of mind-numbing winter cold, and the low in Los Angeles is a not-exactly-bone-chilling 65. So it was with tremendous joy that I stumbled upon a website featuring photographs of Calvin and Hobbes snowman scenes recreated in real life. Brilliant!