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Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for May 22, 2012

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    pouncingtiger  over 9 years ago

    Hobbes knows the best spots.

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    Hobbes Premium Member over 9 years ago

    Today’s Calvin and Hobbes strip is clearly intended to be a deeply profound commentary on many levels.

    1. Hobbes’s attempts to keep up with the changing position of the sunlight, while simultaneously pursuing a nap, strongly symbolize our desperate attempts to pursue continuous pleasure, which are intertwined with and limited by our inherent laziness.2. Calvin’s heavy emphasis on the word “more,” in reference to the sun, obviously represents the never-ending nature of the Universe’s thwarting of our attempts at happiness, plus the universal fact that change is inescapable.3. The contrast between light and shadow is unmistakably a metaphor for the opposition of good and evil, in conjunction with the motion of the sunlight representing the deeper implication that good can gradually be overtaken by evil if we, like Hobbes, fail to remain alert and vigilant at all times.4. The themes of being asleep and awake are definitely thinly-veiled references to our attitudes toward the religious beliefs of others in contrast to our own.5. The portrayal of warmth and cold is obviously emblematic of the complexity of human relationships, pointing out the inescapable truth that one must be able fully to put oneself in another’s place before one can experience true warmth.6. The fact that Calvin’s shirt is striped like Hobbes’s fur, but with the stripes at right angles in the picture, is undoubtedly a reference to the two major American political parties, the most extreme members of which have much in common from a global perspective while at the same time their very words are diametrically opposed.7. The image of Hobbes’s claws not being fully extended, and therefore just slightly touching the floor, certainly was intended to imply that all of these profound insights have just barely begun to scratch the surface.8. There is no question that the pattern on the curtains by the window was intended to be a……….. well………. I could go on……..Whenever one reads something that was written by someone else, one must always be careful not to miss the deeper, more highly profound meaning that was originally intended by the author — with the exception of when one reads this particular posting.:>)Seriously, I wonder whether Bill Watterson perhaps chose the simple topic of today’s strip as a change of pace, following two days of highly-intense subject matter.
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    Hobbes Premium Member over 9 years ago

    Click here: Peanuts (1958)

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    bluskies  over 9 years ago

    Or, on a more subjective note, it’s just warmer over there. Hobbes is above all else a cat,

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    Hobbes Premium Member over 9 years ago

    @thatnicecollegeguy:Guy. (Thanks — you’re a nice college guy.)

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    TheSkulker  over 9 years ago

    Astute! Takes me back to HS English class.

    Successful launch of the Falcon 9! We’re off to the stars!!!

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    rentier  over 9 years ago

    A bath in the sun warmth the old bones!!

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    GROG Premium Member over 9 years ago

    If I were you, I’d join him, Calvin.

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    orinoco womble  over 9 years ago

    You might want to look up the word “irony.”

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    jaimeaut  over 9 years ago

    Blasphemy!!! God Sun must be referred to with reverence!! And He doesn’t move! Earth and clouds move.

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    Hansternator  over 9 years ago

    I guess you want be around long.

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    pam Miner  over 9 years ago

    felines are always so graceful when they move, Like panel 3.

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    sonnygreen  over 9 years ago

    Evidently Hobbes can be animated when he’s alone. That answers the question: How does Hobbes get home from the bus stop when Calvin goes to school?

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    Jkiss  over 9 years ago

    Is that really necessary?

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    Jkiss  over 9 years ago

    Yes Hobbes is a cat and they love the sunny spot. I remember napping with the cat, on the kitchen floor in front of the big picture window, as a kid. A very warm and cozy memory.

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    Vonne Anton  over 9 years ago

    Love the second panel. Can feel that yawn.

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    Dry and Dusty Premium Member over 9 years ago

    It’s tough work being a tiger you know!

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    caleblee10  over 9 years ago

    Interesting evaluation… :) I must say, it’s given me a lot to think about. The fact that one can gather so much from a seemingly simple comic strip, and the concepts/ ideologies that follow… just fascinating. Thanks, Hobbes!

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    retiredpostie   over 9 years ago

    We tend to be like Calvin but we need to be more like Hobbs, just enjoying the simple things in life

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    whitecarabao  over 9 years ago

    It is interesting to observe the online “crowd” that gathers around different comic strips. There are one or two of my favorite comics that I never bother reading any of the comments — I enjoy the comic but not the commentators. However, there are some strips where the commentors are as witty and insightful as the strip and always enjoyable. C&H is the tops! I love the strip in all its aspects, and I enjoy the comments, too.

     

    Thank you Bill Watterson for the ten years of your creation, and thank you commentors (especially Hobbes).

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    rentier  over 9 years ago

    I would lay down before Hobbes and cuddle very tight in his warm fur and let myslef warm from it!!

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    Number Three  over 9 years ago

    Hobbes must be very tired today.

    LOL LOL. I love the second panel.

    xxx

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    Puddleglum2  over 9 years ago

    “I’m Movin’ On” – Hank Snow

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    khpage  over 9 years ago

    A rolling Hobbes gathers no, ummm, living room carpet….

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    Wiseguy411  over 9 years ago

    Really??You make “W” look intellectual …

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    41keys  over 9 years ago

    Amazing. After reading this strip I had exactly all of the very same thoughts as Hobbes. I would just never be able to articulate them the way Hobbes does. Thanks Hobbes.

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    Phosphoros  over 9 years ago

    Life moves on; time marches on. Hobbes is trying to keep up.

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    Gretchen's Mom  over 9 years ago

    My dog likes to lay in the sun too! :-)

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    Silveressa  over 9 years ago

    Nice post Hobbes, even funnier how some people take it seriously lol!

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    Dry and Dusty Premium Member over 9 years ago

    Jkissmya LOL! I think the Stel is short for STEEL!

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    ratlum  over 9 years ago

    My old cat does this during the day,while sleeping on my bed.

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    rogue53  over 9 years ago

    Dead on!

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    Silveressa  over 9 years ago

    someone apparently doesn’t get the joke…

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