Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

Calvin and Hobbes

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  1. leftwingpatriot

    leftwingpatriot GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    A mother’s instincts. Or in this case, past experience.

  2. ORMouseworks

    ORMouseworks said, over 2 years ago

    Well, Calvin’s Mom, you’re right, he certainly Is in trouble…Big Time trouble! ;)

  3. KZ71

    KZ71 said, over 2 years ago

    Someone’s getting fed to the tiger.

  4. LX013

    LX013 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Oh you are so right, Mom!

  5. JoanHelen

    JoanHelen said, over 2 years ago

    My husband loves this arc. He did a similar thing when he was about Calvin’s age, even worse really; his little brother was in the car with him. John released the handbrake and the car rolled down the driveway. He ran into the house and tried hiding behind the door leaving little brother screaming in the car. Fortunately neither of them were injured just terrified. Their father gave him a hiding with a strap and their mother nearly had a heart attack. John is 85 now but remembers the situation very, very clearly.

  6. Dha Dha

    Dha Dha said, over 2 years ago

    oh… turn around mom

  7. watmiwori

    watmiwori said, over 2 years ago

    Panel 5: policeman at front door with Calvun in tow.

  8. Hobbes

    Hobbes GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Yet another story with a dramatic car chase scene.

  9. Hobbes

    Hobbes GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Okay, so……. On Monday and Tuesday of this week, Calvin needed help from the “real” Hobbes in order to be able to push the car out of the garage. On Wednesday, the “real” Hobbes grabbed Calvin and prevented him from running into the street after the rolling car. And today, the “real” Hobbes is seen running after the car, together with Calvin, right behind Mom’s back.

    This raises the question: Does Hobbes actually become alive when nobody but Calvin is watching, or is all of this only in Calvin’s imagination?

    The answer is: Neither interpretation is correct, and both interpretations are correct.

    Bill Watterson intentionally leaves Hobbes’s real-vs.-imaginary reality as a mystery for the reader to try to sort out, which can never fully be explained.

    Here are a couple of excerpts from a 1989 interview with Bill Watterson. The interview was conducted just 2 months before Bill drew this week’s strips.

    RICHARD WEST: … Hobbes is implicitly, explicitly just a product of Calvin’s imagination.

    BILL WATTERSON: But the strip doesn’t assert that. That’s the assumption that adults make because nobody else sees him, sees Hobbes, in the way that Calvin does. Some reporter was writing a story on imaginary friends and they asked me for a comment, and I didn’t do it because I really have absolutely no knowledge about imaginary friends. It would seem to me, though, that when you make up a friend for yourself, you would have somebody to agree with you, not to argue with you. So Hobbes is more real than I suspect any kid would dream up.
    RICHARD WEST: … Hobbes tied Calvin up to a chair. If you accept the rest of the fantasy that you’ve created — that Hobbes is imaginary — that’s an impossibility.

    BILL WATTERSON: Yeah, and Calvin’s dad finds him tied up and the question remains, really, how did he get that way? His dad assumes that Calvin tied himself up somehow, so well that he couldn’t get out. Calvin explains that Hobbes did this to him and he tries to place the blame on Hobbes entirely, and it’s never resolved in the strip. Again I don’t think that’s just a cheap way out of the story. I like the tension that that creates, where you’ve got two versions of reality that do not mix. Something odd has happened and neither makes complete sense, so you’re left to make out of it what you want.

    Click here: Calvin and Hobbes (December 5, 1987)

    Calvin and Hobbes (December 5, 1987)

  10. spaced man spliff

    spaced man spliff said, over 2 years ago

    Well, this is my first sighting of the living Hobbes and an adult in the same frame !!

  11. Pacopuddy

    Pacopuddy said, over 2 years ago



    These days kid would get off scott free and parents would sue the car manufacturer’s for installing a brake that could be released to allow the car to move . . .

  12. unclebewey

    unclebewey said, over 2 years ago


    And the kid would need 10yrs of therapy.

  13. richardelguru

    richardelguru GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    spaced: of course SHE doesn’t see him!

  14. moronbis

    moronbis said, over 2 years ago

    That calmness on Mom’s face on 2nd and 3rd panels is irritating me.

  15. NoButILookLikeHim

    NoButILookLikeHim said, over 2 years ago

    Gut feeling = pattern recognition

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