What Your Favorite Comic Says About You


Yesterday, at long last, the paperback edition of The Complete Calvin and Hobbes hit stores. As far as we can tell, there is a certain kind of person who really goes gaga for Calvin and Hobbes — the person who as a kid loved to tromp through the forest all day and come home to read on the couch with a fat hot chocolate at night, who maybe saw things a little differently than those pesky grownups — and that got us to thinking. While being into comics already gets you into the first stage of nerdery, the stories the form brings us range from the serious to the goofball, the superhero to the realist, so there’s no real way to lump comic fans all together. So what does your favorite comic (or graphic novel, just to be inclusive) say about you? Find out after the jump — and let us know if we’ve hit the nail on the head or if you’re plotting our demise in the comments.

Calvin & Hobbes, Bill Watterson Adventure is your number one priority.

Peanuts, Charles M. Schulz You like comics, you think. You’ve only read this one, but it was damn good.

Watchmen, Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons You’re kind of hoping for a dystopian future to happen in your lifetime. Wouldn’t it be cool?

Maus: A Survivor’s Tale, Art Spiegelman You kind of thought reading about the Holocaust would be easier if all the characters were animals. You were wrong, though.

Krazy Kat, George Herriman You have had at least one ill-advised, all-consuming, violent crush. Maybe things were thrown.

Little Nemo in Slumberland, Winsor McCay You may be an insomniac.

The Fantastic Four, Stan Lee & Jack Kirby You wish your friends were cooler.

Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth, Chris Ware You wish you were cooler — but have come to accept it.

Tintin, Hergé You like travel better than sex. You also like crotchety sea captains and deaf scientists better than sex.

The Sandman, Neil Gaiman You’re an intellectual, and more than willing to tell us so.

Black Hole, Charles Burns Those movies you had to watch in health class really scared the crap out of you. And you sort of enjoyed that feeling.

Batman: Year One, Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli You’re a purist.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Frank Miller You’re an optimist, even in the worst of times.

Batman: The Killing Joke, Alan Moore and Brian Bolland You’ve always liked the villains best. Don’t read too much into that.

Doonesbury, Garry B. Trudeau You’re somebody’s dad.

Dick Tracy, Chester Gould You’re somebody’s grandfather.

Captain America, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby Grey areas? Not possible. Your moral compass is set in stone.

Scott Pilgrim, Bryan Lee O’Malley Your hair has been multiple colors over the years.

Asterix, René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo As a kid, your parents took you on trips to Europe.

Asterios Polyp, David Mazzucchelli You’re of two minds. About everything.

Ghost World, Daniel Clowes You keep your old Chuck Taylors carefully preserved in a box in the back of your closet.

Ranma 1/2, Rumiko Takahashi You really, really hate getting wet.

Sin City, Frank Miller You’re not afraid of the dark.

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Hayao Miyazaki Al Gore is your homeboy.

Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud You’re a total academic.

Akira, Katsuhio Otomo You’re a nihilist punk with a motorbike — or wish you were.

Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi You talk back. Good for you.

American Splendor, Harvey Pekar and Robert Crumb You like comics, but you hate superheroes. Also you may or may not be really cranky.

The Little Lulu Stories, John Stanley What rules?

Dykes to Watch Out For, Alison Bechdel You’re always the one who brings up the Bechdel test at movies.

The X-Men, Stan Lee, Chris Claremont, etc. You wish there was a special club for your own particular neuroses.

Ernie Pook’s Comeek, Lynda Barry You’re pretty weird, dude. But awesome.

The Amazing Spider-Man, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko You’re the only one who still wants another film adaptation.

Wonder Woman, William Moulton Marston, Mike Sekowsky, etc. You are not.

Preacher, Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon You’ve got a heart of gold under all that leather and hair gel. Really.

Paying For It, Chester Brown You’re a closet Libertarian.

From Hell, Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell As a kid, you went through a phase of being obsessed with epic criminals.

Cerebus, Dave Sim You’re exceedingly grumpy, and have also been known to enjoy Dostoevsky.

Transmetropolitan, Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson You worship Hunter S. Thompson.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight, Joss Whedon You just. Can’t. Let. Go. And hell, why should you?