Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

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  1. margueritem

    margueritem GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Only at night, Calvin.

  2. [NAME REDACTED]

    [NAME REDACTED] said, about 3 years ago

    Another example of the battle between Watterson and the syndicate.

  3. Supersurfer

    Supersurfer GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    A monochrome kid in a full colored world.

  4. chweeetgirl

    chweeetgirl said, about 3 years ago

    put the light on calvin….

  5. Hobbes

    Hobbes GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Cathy Guisewite and Charles Schulz should have ended their strips sooner than they did. They were past their peak when they retired. Bill Watterson ended his strip at the appropriate time. Nobody can stay at the peak forever.

  6. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, about 3 years ago

    I can’t blame him a bit. As I commented recently, some of the feedback from publishers is… well… ridiculous.

    My favorite of all time was a statement that “it needs to be re-written to the sixth grade level”.

    (That particular book was written for a person with one year of college. Most such would be bored by 6th grade writing…)

    One outfit didn’t like the same book and said “Clancy readers would like it”…

    Huh??? I took that as a great compliment.

    Which brings up one of the best things I learned at Oregon Tech:

    The 1/3,1/3, 1/3 Rule.

    When you get criticism, there’s three categories it generally fits in:

    1/3 of criticism is true, spot on.

    1/3 might be somewhat applicable

    1/3 is dead wrong.

    Thinking about it, though, analyzing it, makes you think critically and thus you can apply that which actually might be true and to discount that which doesn’t apply. Both are positive outcomes.

  7. Hobbes

    Hobbes GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Here are some thoughts on black and white thinking. Some of you will really like them, and some of you will really hate them. There is no in-between. (Just kidding.)

    “Black and white” is a confusing term in our language. When we talk about black and white photography or black and white movies, what we really mean is grayscale with many shades of gray – not true black and white.

    But today Calvin is in true black and white, with no shades of gray. Everything in the picture is either black or white. There is no in-between. Consequently, we see vague impressions of Calvin and the world around him, but we are not fully seeing reality.

    That’s how true black and white thinking is – one extreme or the other, with no shades of gray in-between, and certainly no color. Some people are very uncomfortable with black and white thinking, but others are very uncomfortable without it.

    Black and white thinkers feel that, in order to be comfortable and make sense of the world, they need to have clear-cut, simple answers for everything, especially in areas such as politics and religion. And they feel a need to label other people in simplistic, clear-cut ways as one extreme or the other, as either good or bad, as either right or wrong.

    However, Calvin’s world today is analogous to the world of black and white thinkers. Not only is it devoid of color, it does not even include shades of gray, making it impossible to see things as they truly are.

    Even if we are not true black and white thinkers, all of us have black and white tendencies at times. If we are afraid of seeing issues, beliefs, and people in their “full color” with all of their complexities, uncertainties, and nuances, then as a first step, we should at least strive to see them in a few shades of gray. Otherwise, we have only vague impressions to go on, which prevent us from fully seeing reality.

    – Hobbes

  8. GreatEighthSin

    GreatEighthSin said, about 3 years ago

    No matter how hard you fight to retain a black and white world, color will always bleed into your life. Enjoy those colors and know that you’re never stuck in a dilemma, there is always many other options out there.

  9. rogue53

    rogue53 said, about 3 years ago

    And some people are completely blind, devoid of black, white, or any spectrum of color and still see more than those who think they see it all so clearly.

  10. Yukoner

    Yukoner said, about 3 years ago

    The older I get the grayer things get.

  11. brickster

    brickster said, about 3 years ago

    Hobbes is correct: Cathy Guisewite and Charles Schulz should have ended their strips sooner than they did. They were past their peak when they retired. Bill Watterson ended his strip at the appropriate time. Nobody can stay at the peak forever.

    It is always easiest to tell when someone else is past their peak.

  12. ratlum

    ratlum said, about 3 years ago

    I used to have black and white mornings with colour around lunch time in my younger days. When I got older and smarter I cut back on my drinking. Every thing is fine now.

  13. magnamax

    magnamax said, about 3 years ago

    Isn”t it funny how we used to drink to make things pretty, and when we quit, things got pretty?

    If I got nothing else ouit of the strips today, I will never again worry I’m getting too long-winded. (yes, that’s a shot)

  14. DerkinsVanPelt218

    DerkinsVanPelt218 said, about 3 years ago

    This strip was originally made when Watterson and his syndicate were fighting over making Calvin and Hobbes licensed goods. I commend Watterson for the fact that while other comic strips jumped at the chance to make stuff out of their work, Watterson tinkered with the idea of doing so but ultimately decided against it. Of course, that did lead to some of the infamous pirated goods like the “peeing Calvin” window decals.

  15. LX013

    LX013 said, about 3 years ago

    Black and white! A very good comment, Hobbes!

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