I picked Jack Skellington for this competition because The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of my favorite movies, and Jack is one of Tim Burton's most recognizable creations (the other being Edward Scissorhands, who was my personal preference on a character level), and one of the most enduring and popular across several fanbases.
Really, for a Tim Burton-themed section, I could have picked any two, since Tim loves variations on his Isolated Outsider archetype - which is why his work speaks to many counterculture youth. I was 13 when I started getting into Burton's work full-speed, and definitely felt that isolation. But Nightmare I had loved since well before for its music and story, and Jack has become an icon of my childhood.
CALVIN AND HOBBES
I picked Calvin and Hobbes for this competition because of the enormous and overwhelming influence the classic strip had on my sense of humor, writing style, understanding of vocabulary, artistic style, and really my entire way of thinking. While I was never particularly a troublemaker, I've always been very much like Calvin in regards to my very thin barrier between fantasy and reality and my inability the reconcile my own ideals with the way society works.
I've always leaned more on the side of "Hobbes is Real" in that classic debate (though I love Watterson's point about "Subjective Reality"), but I realized that you can't separate the pair in a competition like this. Interestingly, I had considered a number of other "team" candidates for this year's tournement, of whom only this one made it through.
Jack is far more in the public eye because Disney likes to include him in a lot of crossovers, but C&H have been utter juggernauts in this competition because of the impact they left during the strip's brief run.
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