Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

Calvin and Hobbes

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  1. leftwingpatriot

    leftwingpatriot GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Dad is a killjoy.

  2. Susie Derkins D:

    Susie Derkins D: said, over 2 years ago

    There’s always tommorow.

  3. Meh~tdology

    Meh~tdology said, over 2 years ago

    That’s right; you’ll be characterized when you get older.

  4. ORMouseworks

    ORMouseworks said, over 2 years ago

    Spoil-sport, huh?! ;)

  5. Zero-Gabriel

    Zero-Gabriel said, over 2 years ago


    When your Dad is old and grey… Just stick him in a Home and and say… “It’s for your own good and it builds character!”.

  6. watmiwori

    watmiwori said, over 2 years ago


    I was going to sat Dad is a real spoilsport, but I think
    killjoy is better

    Calvin has actually had at least twice as much
    character-building as usual. Somerset Maughan
    said his father told him that each day he must do
    two things he disliked, a precept he had followed
    religiously, for each day he had got up and had
    gone to bed, which is also the case with Calvin,
    tho’ he may or may not have heard of Maughan.

  7. bluskies

    bluskies said, over 2 years ago


    Wiki excerpt:
    W. Somerset Maugham

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    W. Somerset Maugham

    Maugham photographed by Carl Van Vechten in 1934


    William Somerset Maugham
    25 January 1874
    UK Embassy, Paris, France


    16 December 1965 (aged 91)
    Nice, France


    Playwright, novelist, short story writer

    Notable work(s)

    Of Human Bondage
    The Letter
    The Razor’s Edge


    Syrie Wellcome (1917–1929)


    Mary Elizabeth Maugham
    Alan Searle (adopted, 1962)

    William Somerset Maugham CH (/ˈmɔːm/ MAWM; 25 January 1874 – 16 December 1965) was a British playwright, novelist and short story writer. He was among the most popular writers of his era and reputedly the highest paid author during the 1930s.1

    After losing both his parents by the age of 10, Maugham was raised by a paternal uncle who was emotionally cold. Not wanting to become a lawyer like other men in his family, Maugham eventually trained and qualified as a doctor. The first run of his first novel, Liza of Lambeth (1897), sold out so rapidly that Maugham gave up medicine to write full-time.

    During the First World War, he served with the Red Cross and in the ambulance corps, before being recruited in 1916 into the British Secret Intelligence Service, for which he worked in Switzerland and Russia before the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. During and after the war, he traveled in India and Southeast Asia; all of these experiences were reflected in later short stories and novels.

  8. Hobbes

    Hobbes GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    “Building character” was a recurring theme with Calvin’s Dad, and it reflected Bill Watterson’s memories of speeches given to him by his father. Here is an example that we read a year ago:

    Click here: Calvin and Hobbes (June 13, 1993)

    Calvin and Hobbes (June 13, 1993)

    And here is a very early example from the second month of Calvin and Hobbes:

    Click here: Calvin and Hobbes (January 22, 1986)

    Calvin and Hobbes (January 22, 1986)

    “Building character” also had been a recurring theme for Charles Schulz in Peanuts, 30 years earlier. Of course, in that case it didn’t involve speeches by a parent, since there were no adults in the strip.

    Click here: Peanuts (August 24, 1959)

    Peanuts (August 24, 1959)

    Click here: Peanuts (May 25, 1962)

    Peanuts (May 25, 1962)

    Click here: Peanuts (October 8, 1957)

    Peanuts (October 8, 1957)

  9. Pithy (yeah, right)

    Pithy (yeah, right) said, over 2 years ago

    @watmiwori @bluskies

    I found the following quote from “The Moon and Sixpence” on the Wikiquote page for Maugham: “I forget who it was that recommended men for their soul’s good to do each day two things they disliked … it is a precept that I have followed scrupulously; for every day I have got up and I have gone to bed.”

  10. basie.mynhardt

    basie.mynhardt said, over 2 years ago


    Why does that remind me of the phrase " the morning after the night before" ? Also, composer Berlioz said, “Time is a good teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its students”.

  11. GROG!

    GROG! GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Calvin’s a character.

  12. Really?

    Really? said, over 2 years ago

    Moralizer! Can on play in peace?

  13. FANOLIO   (Fan o’ Liò)

    FANOLIO (Fan o’ Liò) GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    I rarely comment on C&H but I ran across this link and now cannot resist posting it here. It might be old news to you and if so, sorry to have bothered you.

  14. Tom  Giordanella

    Tom Giordanella GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Now that Calvin’s in bed, dad can go watch the Playboy Channel in peace.

  15. Joshua

    Joshua said, over 2 years ago

    @Tom Giordanella

    They don’t even have cable, and this is from back when cable wasn’t as popular.

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