the sandwich story

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Title: the sandwich story
Author(s): Meredith
Date(s): 20 December 2008
Length: 1320 words
Genre: gen
Fandom: Calvin and Hobbes
External Links: at the Yuletide 2008 collection on AO3
previously at yuletidetreasure.org

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the sandwich story is a Calvin & Hobbes fic by Meredith, written for Katarik for Yuletide 2008. It became one of the most popular and widely recced stories for that year's challenge and received over 200 comments.

Author's summary: Hobbes is changing. Rated PG.[1]

Legacy

Cover for the sandwich story designed by Christopher Brian King for the article "It's a Fanmade World" (New York Magazine, March 2015).
Screenshot of the story as it appeared on the yuletidetreasure.org Yuletide archive.

For Yuletide 2009, hradzka's story The Cable & Deadpool Yuletide Special interwove itself with the sandwich story and several other Yuletide classics.[2]

In 2015, they story was included on a "Fanfiction Syllabus" list of "ten classics that cover the history, breadth, and depth of [fanfiction]," from the article It's a Fanmade World: From One Direction to Soderbergh published in New York Magazine. Meredith wrote of its inclusion:

"oh my fucking god, this is me! That’s me! This is such a weird trip. I wrote the sandwich story when I was 15 or 16 in about twenty minutes for Yuletide and then I never participated again as far as I can remember. I think it got like 200 comments, which I was super proud of, and then I forgot about it. I didn’t even remember what I’d called it. And now it’s in a class syllabus and a Vulture story next to The Shoebox Project. Whoever made the cover — thank you! It’s so beautiful! And hellotailor and bookshop, thank you for your work on the story. Wow, this is so cool."[3]


Recs & Reviews

There's a reason why this heartwrenching little story is the best-known fic in C&H fandom; it yanks and pulls at your heartstrings, without manipulating the emotions.[4]
Although The Sandwich Story might be exactly the sort of Calvin and Hobbes story you DON'T want to read, you should read it anyway. It's about the loss of childhood innocence and imagination - a well-crafted but unsentimental tearjerker.[5]
Inevitable and heartbreaking. But the amazing and good kind of heartbreaking. I don't know, I always thought it'd be too painful to read a story about Calvin growing older, but this... it's honestly beautiful.[6]
I was riveted by the first scene -- it sounds and feels like the comic. The rest of the story tells us what might happen when Calvin grows up a bit. Excellent writing and a simply wonderful story.[7]
A very short mostly-verse with the precise and perfect pacing of the original strips. Pitch-perfect; sometimes brevity is right.[8]
FYI: Likely to induce weeping. This one is being recced all over the place, and it deserves every bit of it. Sad, lyrical, sad, believable, and did I mention sad?[9]
This is a realistic, sweet, heartbreaking, but still true-to-the-series story about Calvin eventually growing up.

And clearly this is an AU, because Calvin never actually grows up. No, really. He doesn't. Shut up, he doesn't! Growing up sucks. I need a beer.

Read it, and watch this [Robot Chicken's Calvin & Hobbes spoof] afterward if you need to fend off the tears.[10]

References

  1. Fandom: Calvin and Hobbes at yuletidetreasure.org. (Accessed 04 September 2015.)
  2. hradzka, yuletide 2009: the reveal post, 01 January 2010. "I already knew I wanted Wade and Nate to visit last year's That Story (Meredith's "The Sandwich Story") and Yuletide's All-Time That Story (Tami's "Slave Bear of Care-A-Lot"), so I hit del.icio.us and tried to find other stories with a similar level of staying power..."
  3. Meredith on Tumblr on 11 March 2015. (Accessed 16 March 2015.) (now offline)
  4. Missy at Twice Cherished Tales. Permanent Archive. (Accessed 16 March 2015.)
  5. kahvi. Yuletide recs!. 27 December 2008. (Accessed 16 March 2015.)
  6. whetherwoman at yuletide on LiveJournal. Moar recs! 25 December 2008. (Accessed 16 March 2015.)
  7. paceus. Yuletide recs. 26 December 2008. (Accessed 16 March 2015.)
  8. graycardinal. Yuletide 2008: Recs (1 of ?). 25 December 2008. (Accessed 16 March 2015.)
  9. missiondoll. Yuletide 2008 recs, Round One, Part One. 28 December 2008. (Accessed 16 March 2015.)
  10. epshlan. Under-the-wire Yuletide Recs. 31 December 2008. (Accessed 16 March 2015.)