Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

Calvin and Hobbes

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  1. comicgos

    comicgos said, almost 4 years ago

    Finally - Hobbes returns!

  2. margueritem

    margueritem GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Blaming hobbes, eh?

  3. Hobbes

    Hobbes GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Accidents will happen, and when they do, it’s always good to have a buddy who will stick up for you.

  4. LX013

    LX013 said, almost 4 years ago

    The culprit happened to be a buddy of mine, I closed the case and we went on playing….

  5. Hobbes

    Hobbes GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Yesterday, Rumplesnitz said:

    << Hobbes – Watterson never meant for us to believe in Hobbes, just in a child’s imaginative creativity. >>

    Hi Rumplesnitz

    That’s a common interpretation, but actually Bill Watterson is a very complex person, and he’s created a very complex comic strip. Please see the quotations below. (I’ve compressed some of them to save space.)

    My opinion is that asking whether or not Hobbes is real, is like asking whether or not Snoopy’s thoughts are real. If we become too literal and restrictive, we defeat our own imaginations and we destroy the magic of the comic strip.

    Not only that, but Hobbes is real. :>)

    – Hobbes


    Quotations from Bill Watterson:

    “The strip doesn’t assert that Hobbes is implicitly, explicitly just a product of Calvin’s imagination. That’s the assumption that adults make because nobody else sees Hobbes in the way that Calvin does.”

    “I really have no knowledge about imaginary friends. It would seem to me, though, that when you make up a friend for yourself, you would have somebody to agree with you, not to argue with you. So Hobbes is more real than I suspect any kid would dream up.”

    “The fantasy/reality question is a literary device, so the ultimate reality of it doesn’t really matter that much anyway. In other words, when Dorothy’s in Oz, if you want to make this obviously a dream, it becomes stupid – you confine yourself…. There are inner workings in the Wizard of Oz that are too coherent for a dream…. The literary merits, the purpose of writing it that way, are better served by some ambiguity than by making everything very obvious.”

    “When Hobbes is a stuffed toy in one panel and alive in the next, I’m juxtaposing the “grown-up” version of reality with Calvin’s version, and inviting the reader to decide which is truer. Most of the time, the strip is drawn simply from Calvin’s perspective, and Hobbes is as real as anyone… I try to get the reader completely swept up into Calvin’s world by ignoring adult perspective… The viewpoint of the strip fluctuates, and this allows Hobbes to be a ‘real’ character.”

    “The whole intrigue of Hobbes is that he may or may not be a real tiger. The strip deliberately sets up two versions of reality without committing itself to either one.”

  6. ♠Lonewolf♠

    ♠Lonewolf♠ GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Yes, Hobbes returned……………………….to the scene of the crime!!!

    G’Morning, Marg, Mike & Grog!

  7. ♥Mrs. Ladywolf♥

    ♥Mrs. Ladywolf♥ said, almost 4 years ago

    So the culprit was Hobbes all along. He was probably hungry and made the mess accidentally, while looking for a can of tuna.

  8. somebodyshort

    somebodyshort said, almost 4 years ago

    A house with kids in it will have things broken. If it’s that valuable keep it where the kids can’t break it.

    Heard a story once. A little guy and his mother are going to register for kindergarten and meet the “creature”. The little guy is scared and asks what happens to broken toys. His fear is that he will be sent home. His mother answers that they are not his toys and he must be careful with them. The teacher got down to his level and told him that toys are to be played with and sometimes they break and that’s why they get new toys. Children need age appropriate toys and breaking them is part of learning.

  9. legaleagle48

    legaleagle48 said, almost 4 years ago

    A table lamp is not the same thing as a toy, somebodyshort. There’s a reason that our mothers never allowed us to play ball in the house, after all!

    Calvin needs to learn to be responsible and think of other people’s needs besides his own. Someone besides the lamp could just as easily have been hurt by Calvin’s carelessness, so I don’t see how your analogy makes for any sort of defense of Calvin’s behavior. An adult wouldn’t have gotten away with damaging property that didn’t belong to him; why should Calvin therefore not be punished for damaging his parents’ property in the course of breaking a house rule?

  10. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, almost 4 years ago

    For some reason one of Bill Cosby’s routines comes to mind.

    The kids in Cosby’s skit had been misbehaving for several hours and mom suddenly snaps like somebody on CSI. “…she raises her yardstick over her head like a Samurai warrior and says ‘the beatings will now begin!’”

  11. alloverglad

    alloverglad said, almost 4 years ago

    @legaleagle48 - I’m guessing either you’re childless or any kids you had wanted to leave home about the age of 12. LOL - Jeez

  12. Yukoner

    Yukoner said, almost 4 years ago

    Seems Dad has come to the rescue.

  13. gmartin997

    gmartin997 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Now where were we before we so rudely interpreted?

  14. somebodyshort

    somebodyshort said, almost 4 years ago

    Legaleagle. I won’t debate child rearing philosophy, to each his own. Personally I prefer to encourage my kids in all aspects. Material things are just things, my kids are precious to me and the time I get to spend with them.

  15. Santa GROG!

    Santa GROG! GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    I’m shocked, Hobbes. You’re usually the the voice of reason.

    somebodyshort, remind me never to let your kids anywhere near my things. I don’t think even you have enough respect for other people’s property.

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