Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

Calvin and Hobbes

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  1. margueritem

    margueritem GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    Nice going, Hobbes…

  2. coldplague

    coldplague said, over 4 years ago

    really funny

  3. Pteranodon

    Pteranodon said, over 4 years ago

    When Hobbes tries to be mean it often falls flat. He just ain’t got what it takes to be hurtful.

  4. Hobbes

    Hobbes GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    Today’s strip reminds me of a monologue by Bill Cosby, which he delivered in front of 10,000 people at Cleveland Public Auditorium in 1968, only 25 miles from where the 9-year-old Bill Watterson was growing up.

    In this story, the young Bill Cosby is having a discussion with his younger brother, Russell.

    Bill: …..You’re not really my brother…… You know, I’m older than you, and actually, you were not born here. You were brought here by the police.

    Russell: I wasn’t brought here by no police.

    Bill: Yes you were. The police brought you right in here, and said, “take care of this boy until he starts lying.” And, I’m going to tell the police that you have lied, and you are going back to jail.

    Russell: I didn’t…….. Ain’t no police brought nobody……. That’s my mother and father there…..

    Bill: Nooooooo they ain’t. The police are your mother and father.

  5. carl craig

    carl craig said, over 4 years ago

    when i was six i was sure i was addopped no my tiger didnt tell me i was my older twin sisters did

  6. Hobbes

    Hobbes GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    Yesterday, grayleaf said, “@Hobbes… In one of his collections, Watterson spent more than a little time praising the luxuries of space that were afforded comic strips in the first half of the (20th) century… I got the sense that Watterson felt he may have been born fifty years too late. In our opinion, of course, he was born right on time…”

    Hi grayleaf

    If Bill Watterson had been born fifty years earlier, it’s hard to imagine how different his strips would have been from what we have today. He would have grown up reading Krazy Kat, but not Pogo or Peanuts.

    In that case, perhaps today we would all be marveling over a much more simplistic strip with lots of room for backgrounds on Sundays, but maybe containing mostly a lot of slapstick humor. Perhaps it would be called “The Zany Tiger,” or something like that. Who knows?

    What actually happened was that George Herriman’s Krazy Kat heavily influenced Charles Schulz, who broke the comic strip mold with Peanuts, which then, together with Walt Kelly’s Pogo, finally inspired Bill Watterson to take things a step further in Calvin and Hobbes, by adding his own brand of genius and more complexity.

    As an imperfect analogy, I like to think about the world of classical music. To me, Bach was the “George Herriman” (Krazy Kat) of the Baroque period. Mozart was the “Schulz” (Peanuts) who was influenced by Bach. Mozart broke the mold during the Classical period by creating music that was incredibly beautiful in its simplicity and yet touched deeper human feelings, like Schulz with Peanuts. Then Mozart inspired Beethoven (“Watterson” – Calvin and Hobbes) to take things a step further by adding his own brand of genius and more complexity.

    Even a genius does not live in a vacuum, but builds upon the past.

    By the way, Bill Watterson finally got his wish in 1992, when the syndicate forced the newspapers to begin printing his Sunday strips in their entirety, no longer allowing the papers to throw away the first row of panels as many of them had done in the past. This finally gave Watterson the page space and flexibility that he had been longing for.

    So, for the last three years or so of Calvin and Hobbes, Bill Watterson had the space and freedom that he had desired from fifty years earlier, plus the advantage of having grown up with Peanuts and Pogo (Haydn?……. No, not a good analogy to Walt Kelly…..)

    In the end, Watterson had the best of both worlds.

  7. JohnnyDiego

    JohnnyDiego said, over 4 years ago

    Methinks Hobbs has been reading too much Brothers Grimm.

  8. bluram

    bluram said, over 4 years ago

    Atta way to go Hobbes. Now the little squit won’t get any sleep tonight. Neither will you.

  9. Rodney

    Rodney said, over 4 years ago

    Well… in another strip Calvin’s parents were actually bug-eyed aliens from Venus (or somewhere), and they were going to batter him to make pancakes…

  10. GROG!

    GROG! GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    Hobbes does have a point.

  11. puppybreath

    puppybreath GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    Hobbs knows how to push Calvin’s buttons all right. And he does it so well too!

  12. watmiwori

    watmiwori said, over 4 years ago

    I bet there are times when Mom is tempted to do any or all of the above….

  13. frightenup

    frightenup said, over 4 years ago

    I tell my kids that they came from the store (one is from Target and the other is from Costco). And when they misbehave, I threaten to return them and get a better behaved kid. ;-)

  14. ajnotales

    ajnotales said, over 4 years ago

    This is just a diversionary tactic by Hobbes to conceal the REAL plans Mom has for Calvin …. mwah-ha-ha….

  15. sdebarr

    sdebarr said, over 4 years ago


    I like it ’cause tigers are funny

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