Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

Calvin and Hobbes

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  1. LX013

    LX013 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Dear Dad!

  2. margueritem

    margueritem GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Way too many athletic shoe ads!

  3. bluskies

    bluskies said, over 3 years ago

    It’s not the shoe ads (Keds, kids, Keds!). It’s the breakfast cereal.

  4. Linux0s

    Linux0s said, over 3 years ago

    $5 wouldn’t have bought a trendy pair of sneakers anyway.

  5. JP Steve

    JP Steve said, over 3 years ago

    And the workers in the athletic shoe factories aren’t paid enough to become winners!

  6. vwdualnomand

    vwdualnomand said, over 3 years ago

    but, lombardi(to some the greatest coach ever), said that winning is the only thing.

  7. Really?

    Really? said, over 3 years ago

    Come on Dad, just do it!

  8. Dha Dha

    Dha Dha said, over 3 years ago

    good Dad

  9. Dha Dha

    Dha Dha said, over 3 years ago

    Hi Hobbes thank you from your post on yesterday… really am happy so much all comics strip I understand the word but some can not .. Nobody nerve to me i love any friends….In Thailand SO HOT and some day 42c

  10. cdward

    cdward said, over 3 years ago

    @vwdualnomand

    Which only goes to show that taking life advice from a guy who makes a living teaching guys how to knock down other guys may not be all that wise.

  11. Maxride268

    Maxride268 said, over 3 years ago

    Typical spoiled kid. “Make them take the prize away from Susie and give it to ME!” Makes for a good strip though, and I still love Calvin :D

  12. The Saccharine-Free Bakery

    The Saccharine-Free Bakery said, over 3 years ago

    Watterson was and still is ahead of his time. In this day of social promotion and stroking kids’ self-esteem, panel 2 would be perfectly reasonable.Calvin would complain to the school counselor, who would agree and force the teacher to appease him.

  13. Hobbes

    Hobbes GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    Notice how Dad is down on Calvin’s level talking to him in the fourth panel. This is a great thing for parents to do when communicating with their children, rather than “talking down to them.”

    Of course, it may have been necessary for Bill Watterson to draw Dad this way today, because he had to fit a lot of dialogue above both of their heads in a single panel.

  14. battle of plattsburgh

    battle of plattsburgh said, over 3 years ago

    I must have missed those ads, the only thing I’ve ever seen the tea-partiers say is “stop your whining, and get out there and reach your potential”.

  15. Hobbes

    Hobbes GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    Click here: Peanuts (February 15, 1982)

    Peanuts (February 15, 1982)


    Click here: Peanuts (November 6, 1967)

    Peanuts (November 6, 1967)


    Here is one from near the end of Charles Schulz’s life. This strip is autobiographical because Schulz was highly competitive throughout his entire life. He never “got used to losing.”

    Click here: Peanuts (March 7, 1998)

    Peanuts (March 7, 1988)

    Charles Schulz’s extreme competitiveness went hand-in-hand with his deep insecurity and lack of self-confidence, which he also expressed through Charlie Brown. It is amazing how a man who suffered so much in these ways his entire life was able to bring so much joy to so many millions of others, partly because of his own suffering.

    Of course, the fact that someone is highly competitive does not necessarily mean that they are insecure and lack self-confidence, and Calvin is a perfect example of that. He hates losing just as much as Charlie Brown does, but for the opposite reason. Calvin has too much self-confidence at times, including occasional delusions of grandeur (like two days ago).

    Growing up to become a “normal,” well-adjusted person, who doesn’t lack self-confidence but who also doesn’t suffer from delusions of grandeur, can be a difficult thing to achieve. Perhaps the most effective approach is to read some of Calvin and some of Charlie Brown every day, and average them out.

    On the other hand, growing up to become a “normal,” well-adjusted person, who enjoys competing and winning, but who also graciously accepts losing as a normal part of life and an inevitable one, can also be a very difficult thing to achieve. Neither Calvin nor Charlie Brown can be of much help in this area.

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