My love for Calvin & Hobbes knows no bounds. So imagine my fanboy giddiness when I discovered that a blog called Super Punch has recently run a contest for professional-quality fan art of the beloved comic strip. Fans were asked to send in their takes on Calvin & Hobbes — either in strip format, or standard artwork — and three winners were selected. It just so happens that all three took the form of strips, and all three, in my estimation, are good enough to substitute for the real thing (which is very high praise), managing to tap into the same childhood pathos that Bill Watterson so brilliantly channeled in his work. The non-winning entries, of which there are several dozen, are quite impressive too, ranging from interpretive to irreverent.

Observe the awesomeness of these three winning, fan-made strips below, and click to enlarge.

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