Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

Calvin and Hobbes

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  1. Dogsniff

    Dogsniff said, over 2 years ago

    I’m on a diet, and that’s such a bad word to me.

  2. Arye Uygur

    Arye Uygur said, over 2 years ago

    I don’t think this is funny.

  3. Pteranodon

    Pteranodon said, over 2 years ago

    I guess the advice columnist went to a different school than Calvin and I did. I recommend the “runner” strategy over the “doormat” one.

  4. orinoco womble

    orinoco womble said, over 2 years ago

    @Pteranodon

    True. Whoever said “Stand up to a bully and they will run away” never went to my school. Stand up to a bully there, and he and his friends would beat the crap out of you.

  5. Dha Dha

    Dha Dha said, over 2 years ago

    Hate moe ’s alway bully boy.. getaway him…!!!!

  6. Hobbes

    Hobbes GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago


    The “playground” of adult life isn’t all that different from Calvin’s experience, except that the bullying is often verbal rather than physical, with some adults trying to knock others down and walk all over them using words.

    Calvin’s advice columnist may have been addressing adult verbal abuse, in which case there is some validity to the advice. But when there is physical bullying involving kids, it is very bad advice for a six-year-old who weighs half as much as the bully.

    When there is physical abuse involving adults, it can also be bad advice for the victim in some cases, or at least overly-simplistic advice.

    Today’s Calvin and Hobbes strip does contain some humor, because the figurative expression becomes literal as Calvin literally becomes a doormat. But the humor is outweighed by the poignancy of the situation — especially for readers in whom it evokes highly painful memories.

    This is an excellent example of how Bill Watterson never intended his comic strip to be simply a shallow entertainment device that readers would glance at each day to get a little chuckle. It is much deeper than that, which is a major reason that it has stood the test of time so well.

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  8. gmartin997

    gmartin997 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @orinoco womble

    Oh, yes, bullies always have their friends.

  9. taratus

    taratus said, over 2 years ago

    Stand your Ground Calvin. Get a people killing tool.

  10. LX013

    LX013 said, over 2 years ago

    capitulation of violence!

  11. gardenwitch347

    gardenwitch347 said, over 2 years ago

    No matter what age you are….use your common sense.

  12. Hobbes

    Hobbes GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @Comics Lover: The best comic strips are drawn from life, and they draw the reader into thinking about life. Humor is a very important aspect of life, but life consists of more important things than simply humor. At times, humor can play an important role by providing escapism, but I don’t recommend Calvin and Hobbes for that — especially today’s strip.

  13. JosyWales

    JosyWales said, over 2 years ago

    A side note. In the current comic “Lost Side of Suburbia”, Calvin and Hobbes auther Bill Watterson has just had a leading role as a char in the comic. It was done in a very cool way.

  14. 38lowell

    38lowell said, over 2 years ago

    …and this is how gangs are started.

  15. ewalnut

    ewalnut said, over 2 years ago

    I once read an advice column that said the only way to discourage a bully was to beat him up. The column didn’t elaborate on how you were supposed to do that.

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