The Calvin and Hobbes Guide to Daily Life / :15 / 20M / firstname.lastname@example.org / Crimethinc, 2695 Rangewood Dr, Atlanta, GA 30345 /
This guide is more of a perversion of Calvin and Hobbes to ultra-left propaganda or a paper for college than a normal zine. In fact, this zine is rife with the same type of knee-jerk leftism that really gives the movement a black eye. I understand if your point is to push homeschooling, but instead of just giving individuals facts about the problems associated with this public schooling, the author chooses to just say â€œThe kids who fall behind are considered â€œslowâ€ or â€œstupidâ€ when in fact it may be the teaching technique that is inadequateâ€ The lack of proper hard fact or real-life experiences in this zine really makes Robinâ€™s heavy-handed approach seem all the more authoritarian. What is left as the driving force of this zine is philosophy, which largely fails due to the lack of alternative explanations offered and the jussive verbs chosen as proper by Robin. Perhaps if Robin could adequately explain away the explanations for urban sprawl offered by proponents of expansion while saying â€œthis is the right way of doing thingsâ€ instead of the much more weak â€œthis is the way we should do thingsâ€, the argument contained within would be much more compelling. The points made in this zine are all top-shelf, and it is only the way in which they are couched within that keeps them from being more effectual. Calvin and Hobbes is a microcosm of everyday life; Robin was justified in picking this comic when choosing the medium for eir message.