Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for February 06, 2011

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    margueritem  over 13 years ago

    Only at night, Calvin.

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    razorback2824  over 13 years ago

    Another example of the battle between Watterson and the syndicate.

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    Charles Evans Premium Member over 13 years ago

    A monochrome kid in a full colored world.

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    chweeetgirl  over 13 years ago

    put the light on calvin….

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    Hobbes Premium Member over 13 years ago

    Cathy Guisewite and Charles Schulz should have ended their strips sooner than they did. They were past their peak when they retired. Bill Watterson ended his strip at the appropriate time. Nobody can stay at the peak forever.

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    Hobbes Premium Member over 13 years ago

    Here are some thoughts on black and white thinking. Some of you will really like them, and some of you will really hate them. There is no in-between. (Just kidding.)

    “Black and white” is a confusing term in our language. When we talk about black and white photography or black and white movies, what we really mean is grayscale with many shades of gray – not true black and white.

    But today Calvin is in true black and white, with no shades of gray. Everything in the picture is either black or white. There is no in-between. Consequently, we see vague impressions of Calvin and the world around him, but we are not fully seeing reality.

    That’s how true black and white thinking is – one extreme or the other, with no shades of gray in-between, and certainly no color. Some people are very uncomfortable with black and white thinking, but others are very uncomfortable without it.

    Black and white thinkers feel that, in order to be comfortable and make sense of the world, they need to have clear-cut, simple answers for everything, especially in areas such as politics and religion. And they feel a need to label other people in simplistic, clear-cut ways as one extreme or the other, as either good or bad, as either right or wrong.

    However, Calvin’s world today is analogous to the world of black and white thinkers. Not only is it devoid of color, it does not even include shades of gray, making it impossible to see things as they truly are.

    Even if we are not true black and white thinkers, all of us have black and white tendencies at times. If we are afraid of seeing issues, beliefs, and people in their “full color” with all of their complexities, uncertainties, and nuances, then as a first step, we should at least strive to see them in a few shades of gray. Otherwise, we have only vague impressions to go on, which prevent us from fully seeing reality.

    – Hobbes

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    GreatEighthSin  over 13 years ago

    No matter how hard you fight to retain a black and white world, color will always bleed into your life. Enjoy those colors and know that you’re never stuck in a dilemma, there is always many other options out there.

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    rogue53  over 13 years ago

    And some people are completely blind, devoid of black, white, or any spectrum of color and still see more than those who think they see it all so clearly.

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    Yukoner  over 13 years ago

    The older I get the grayer things get.

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    brick10  over 13 years ago

    Hobbes is correct: Cathy Guisewite and Charles Schulz should have ended their strips sooner than they did. They were past their peak when they retired. Bill Watterson ended his strip at the appropriate time. Nobody can stay at the peak forever.

    It is always easiest to tell when someone else is past their peak.

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    ratlum  over 13 years ago

    I used to have black and white mornings with colour around lunch time in my younger days. When I got older and smarter I cut back on my drinking. Every thing is fine now.

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    magnamax  over 13 years ago

    Isn”t it funny how we used to drink to make things pretty, and when we quit, things got pretty?

    If I got nothing else ouit of the strips today, I will never again worry I’m getting too long-winded. (yes, that’s a shot)

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    DerkinsVanPelt218  over 13 years ago

    This strip was originally made when Watterson and his syndicate were fighting over making Calvin and Hobbes licensed goods. I commend Watterson for the fact that while other comic strips jumped at the chance to make stuff out of their work, Watterson tinkered with the idea of doing so but ultimately decided against it. Of course, that did lead to some of the infamous pirated goods like the “peeing Calvin” window decals.

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    rentier  over 13 years ago

    Black and white! A very good comment, Hobbes!

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    GROG Premium Member over 13 years ago

    Unfortunately, there are only shades of gray.

    Good Morning, Marg, Mike & ♠Lonewolf♠!

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    thirdguy  over 13 years ago

    I think Hobbes has been dipping into the Red Bull!

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    magnamax  over 13 years ago

    IV drip, morelike

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    cdward  over 13 years ago

    And all I could think of was the Baldo strip which was only in color - no black at all.

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    zerotsm  over 13 years ago

    Darkeforce, I remember a failure mode in old analog color TV sets where the “Y” (black and white) would quit working but the chroma information was still getting to the CRT. This would result in only color with no greyscale information seen on the screen. You could make out what was going on, but it sure looked strange.

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    Jonni  over 13 years ago

    Hmmm, shades of gray describe Value so when calvin see’s the light his Chroma has little Value when deeply Hue-struck. good for you, Calvin. hooooo

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    Copperdomebodhi  over 13 years ago

    Of course he sees things in black and white. He’s seven years old. Kids don’t develop critical thinking skills until their teens … if ever.

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    nurbz  over 13 years ago

    legaleagle48 -yeah…Artist! Who do they think they are trying to control the “fruit” of their efforts. Almost as bad as LAWYERS!!!

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    Packratjohn Premium Member over 13 years ago

    Reminded me of the customer who asked if the laser printers we sold printed black and white. No, we would answer patiently, they only print black.

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    Dry and Dusty Premium Member over 13 years ago

    Ironically Charles Schulz, who so loved his Peanuts strip and characters, died in his sleep the very night before his last strip appeared in print. I think people can die of a broken heart. He was dying anyway, but I think that hastened it, perhaps that was best.

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    GROG Premium Member over 13 years ago

    That is sad, Fellow Baby. I didn’t know that.

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    Hobbes Premium Member over 13 years ago

    Even if Charles Schulz had lived longer, a big part of him would have died on the day of that final strip.

    But his legacy lives on in strips like Calvin and Hobbes, which would not be the same without Schulz’s pioneering work.

    None of us can create in a vacuum (unless we are cartoonist astronauts). We all build upon the creativity of those who have gone before, and we all hope to leave a legacy for others to build upon in the future.

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    BobtheBandGuy  over 13 years ago

    Wow! Wake up on a Sunday morning to read the funnies and wind up in a college lecture. Wish I could get re-certification credit for attending this class!

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    bat007  over 13 years ago

    The first two panels at the top of the strip with the title are a perfect example of genius in comic strip artwork.

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    JTGAM  over 13 years ago

    Wow! Calvin understands the physics of light better than most of my students and he’s just 7! I wish my students were just 1/2 as smart as Calvin. Have a great day and GO GREEN BAY!

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    COWBOY7  over 13 years ago

    Good point, Calvin. But coming from you won’t change your Dad’s opinion, unfortunately!

    G’Afternoon, Grog, Marg & Mike!

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    SuperAndy Premium Member over 13 years ago

    bat007, Genius, I wholeheartedly agree

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    rogue53  over 13 years ago

    @ Magnamax, your ‘shot’ was dead on, and I think you’re correct also regarding the drip being on a Red Bull IV.

    @ BobtheBandGuy, Yes, sometimes it’s far from funny here. Mostly due to, to quote RCMinor, the “hyperventilated lectures”.

    Sometimes it’s nice to just see the humor, not only in the comic, but in the attempts to counsel the lives of it’s readers.

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    jadoo823  over 13 years ago

    …i am 9 yrs older than my “little” brother; i found it fascinating to watch (especially through his 16th and 24th years) how he slowly came to realize that the world was NOT all black and white, but almost entirely shades of grey…i feel he adapted pretty well. Anyway, my (pretty obvious) point here is, that the ability to see life in grey is really learned through experience.

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    Hobbes Premium Member over 13 years ago

    Tigers learn very quickly that if they see the world in black and white, the tigers and the zebras will all look alike, and hunting becomes way too complicated.

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    makemlaugh  over 13 years ago

    Maybe Bill was just running low on ink …

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    swanswan  over 13 years ago

    That BLUE BIRD, somebody please, explain it!

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    bmonk  over 13 years ago

    @Hobbes, I try to see the world in black and orange, with just a bit of white.

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    Hobbes Premium Member over 13 years ago

    Hi Night-Gaunt49

    Yeah, I was thinking of those tigers who travel on safari to Africa. Sometimes they get hungry during the tour.

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    bmonk  over 13 years ago

    Speaking of black and white, how about this cartoon?

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    Captain_Commando  over 13 years ago

    And you don’t, dad?

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    gofinsc  over 13 years ago

    Right, Dad thinks of what Calvin does only in terms of black and white. If it’s not perfect, it’s perfectly wrong.

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    rogue53  over 13 years ago

    True, exoticdoc2. Many times the degradation we see in morals is due to what is called ‘gray areas’. But you’re correct, right is right, and no shading will turn the truth from what it is. Even if it takes time for science to catch up, all along the truth was the same.

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    gamrobi  over 13 years ago

    Thank You, Hobbes

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    zensolo Premium Member over 13 years ago

    Watterson is the true heir to Immanuel Kant.

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    Brother_James437  over 13 years ago

    Calvin might see things as black & white, but he still manages to mess around on the gray line in-beteen the two.

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    Gretchen's Mom  over 13 years ago

    I haven’t been Calvin’s age for, well, more years now than I care to remember. But I’m a lot like him in that I still see things as pretty much black and white too. Something is either right or it’s wrong … and to me, there is no other shade for it. The world is a beautiful place with all its lovely colors but in my opinion, “gray” is still just an excuse to skirt around the truth so that your conscience bothers you less for doing what you absolutely know is wrong.

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    Sky1946  over 13 years ago

    I am awed by the intelligent and insightful comments posted here by folks who know and use the English language well. I have read so many comments elsewhere on other subjects, by seemingly ignorant people who cannot spell or use proper grammar, and worse, offer hateful or obscene comments. I was starting to think that the English language and the ethics of America was going down the toilet until I read the comments here. Thank you everyone for restoring my faith in humanity!

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    Death2100  over 10 years ago

    only sometimes……..

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