Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

Calvin and Hobbes

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  1. Ryan

    Ryan said, almost 3 years ago

    or just lie

  2. formally known as doc white

    formally known as doc white said, almost 3 years ago

    As a kid I was told to rase my feet to lighten the load. Worked,as no bridge ever fell. lol

  3. margueritem

    margueritem GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    Sounded plausible to me.

  4. robbieboy

    robbieboy said, almost 3 years ago

    The old..“try’n fail” method..sure..

  5. bluskies

    bluskies said, almost 3 years ago

    See today’s B.C.

  6. Hobbes

    Hobbes GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago


    << Yesterday, TACOPIELVR wrote: “@Hobbes: Am I thinking it was very rare seeing Snoopy and his doghouse in that angled perspective? I only remember seeing him on the top of his doghouse from a straight on side view.” >>

    Hi TACOPIELVR

    (Please let me know if I’m mispronouncing your name.)

    For about the first 10 years of Peanuts, Charles Schulz usually drew Snoopy’s doghouse in a perspective view, like in the strip that I posted yesterday. But then he began to make a transition to the side view for a couple of years, sometimes intermixing the perspective and side views in a single strip. At the same time, he was making the transition from Snoopy lying inside the doghouse to Snoopy lying on top of it. Here is a great strip from that period, which illustrates both transitions simultaneously:

    Click here: Peanuts (August 1959)

    Peanuts (August 1959)

    However, the strip that I posted yesterday is very rare in another respect. I’ve reproduced the link below, and if you look closely at the first panel, you will see that Snoopy is lying on top of the doghouse with both of his ears visible, one on each side of the roof. Here, Schulz has revealed how Snoopy uses his incredibly strong ears to try to keep from falling off the peaked roof (which doesn’t always work):

    Click here: Peanuts (July 1959)

    Peanuts (July 1959)

  7. Hobbes

    Hobbes GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago


    OK, now for the obligatory attempt to relate my comments on “Peanuts” to today’s “Calvin and Hobbes” strip, in order to justify posting the comments here, rather than over at “Peanuts.”

    Let’s see………. Snoopy and Hobbes are both animals…….. no, that’s pretty lame, and besides, Hobbes isn’t even visible in today’s strip.

    How about this……… The names “Calvin” and “Hobbes” and “Snoopy” and “Schulz” all contain six letters………. Hmmm………. I think this still needs work.

    Maybe this………. Snoopy is sometimes in the doghouse and sometimes on top of it. In today’s Calvin and Hobbes, Calvin’s Dad may soon be in the doghouse because Calvin’s Mom is right on top of things……….. Now, maybe we’re beginning to get somewhere.

    OK, OK, I think I’ve finally got it……….. Bill Watterson’s “Calvin and Hobbes” is a portrayal of the world as seen through a six-year-old boy’s eyes, and as seen through the eyes of adults. Watterson continually intermixes these two perspectives, just as Schulz continually intermixed the two perspectives of Snoopy’s doghouse during his transition period………… There it is, a true masterpiece of incredible depth and insight.

    Click here: Peanuts (1969)

    Peanuts (1969)

  8. Hobbes

    Hobbes GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago


    Writing is also incredibly hard work for Calvin. Here is another strip that we skipped over during the current rerun cycle:

    Click here: Calvin and Hobbes (September 1986)

    Calvin and Hobbes (September 1986)

  9. LX013

    LX013 said, almost 3 years ago

    Dad knows everything!

  10. Dogsniff

    Dogsniff said, almost 3 years ago

    ♪♫♪Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd, you put the load right on me.♪♫♪

  11. bluskies

    bluskies said, almost 3 years ago

    @Hobbes

    Took a while to get where you were going, but I’m glad you took the side roads instead of the interstate. We get to see a lot more.

  12. Hobbes

    Hobbes GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    Thanks, bluskies. I generally try to avoid the Interstate when I can, because I’ve heard that some of those bridges may be about to collapse……..

  13. pelican47

    pelican47 said, almost 3 years ago

    Do we know what Calvin’s dad does for a living? Is he an engineer?

    Actually, from Mom’s response, I would guess not. She suggests that he doesn’t know the answer.

  14. Larry Chase

    Larry Chase said, almost 3 years ago

    @Dogsniff

    LOL, The Weight. Now that funny!

  15. JohnnyDiego

    JohnnyDiego said, almost 3 years ago

    Today’s strip plunged me into a reverie about my Dad.

    He said many things that I later told my kids and still say today.

    Driving through the desert once I saw an old dilapidated building that had a sign on it saying, “Miller’s Garage.” Dad told me they used to make MG cars there. Forever I thought MG stood for Miller’s Garage.

    Every time we watched football Dad would say, “He would have gone all the way if those guys hadn’t jumped on him.”

    Or, “If this rain keeps up it will never come down.”

    Sure do miss my Dad.

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