Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

Calvin and Hobbes

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  1. Starwars54

    Starwars54 said, almost 2 years ago

    Maybe you’ll get an extra present!!!!

  2. Thirdguy

    Thirdguy said, almost 2 years ago

    Oh Calvin, here’s your handbasket, you are going to heck!

  3. Hobbes

    Hobbes GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago


    In today’s strip, Calvin hits the nail on the head, even though it seems like a snow job.

    He raises the basic question of whether we are all alike in terms of our evil inclinations and our abilities to resist temptations, and therefore whether we should all be judged equally. Now, there’s a topic for discussion.

    Today, Calvin is trying to justify himself by saying that he has a stronger innate inclination toward evil than some other people (presumably he thinks that he was born that way), and therefore that he shouldn’t be judged as harshly as others. But in a strip two years earlier, Calvin was trying to justify himself by saying that he hadn’t done things that were as bad as what other people had done, and therefore that he shouldn’t be judged as harshly as others. Calvin wants to have it both ways.

    Many of us tend to be like Calvin. If we feel that we are worse than other people, we want to look for reasons that our behavior might be beyond our control, or at least more difficult for us to control. But if we feel that we are better than other people, we want to think that it is something that we have accomplished on our own and therefore something for which we should receive credit. Like Calvin, we want to have it both ways. And like Calvin, in either case, we try to justify ourselves by comparing our behavior to that of others.

    Part of what makes Calvin and Hobbes such an enduring strip is Bill Watterson’s incredible insight into human nature, and his ability to express it in ways that readers can relate to, while he is simultaneously entertaining them at a high level.

    Today’s strip is from December 1992. Here is the earlier strip:

    Click here: Calvin and Hobbes (December 23, 1990)

    Calvin and Hobbes (December 23, 1990)

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  7. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, almost 2 years ago

    Hobbs, welcome back! I wonder how many strips are this self analyzing of the human nature? Your average kid isn’t as deeply thoughtful and articulate but then he isn’t an average character.

  8. Sebastian Pho

    Sebastian Pho said, almost 2 years ago

    @Hobbes

    So very true and well said. I love Watterson’s philosophical takes on life.

  9. garfield246

    garfield246 said, almost 2 years ago

    You’re a dead man again, Calvin!

  10. Dogsniff

    Dogsniff said, almost 2 years ago

    Hobbes!!!! It is Christmas. Now I"m sure I’ll get those 2 front teeth.

  11. Hobbes

    Hobbes GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    Hi Night-Gaunt49. Calvin isn’t an average character, but he’s definitely a character.

  12. ratlum

    ratlum said, almost 2 years ago

    As long as Susie is around and you cant take Hobbes advice,forget all these good points.
    Your going to blow it.

  13. Thirdguy

    Thirdguy said, almost 2 years ago

    Welcome back Hobbes, missed you buddy!

  14. Hobbes

    Hobbes GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    Hi Dogsniff. From the looks of your avatar, you may need a skin graft as well.

  15. Hobbes

    Hobbes GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    Hi Thirdguy. You’re the third guy I’m replying to. (Sorry, very old joke.) Glad to see the regulars are still here at this ridiculous hour.

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