Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for August 18, 2012

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    BE THIS GUY  almost 10 years ago

    She just wants to make sure you serve your penance.

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    The#1BoiseStateFan  almost 10 years ago

    She’ll make you sell your soul calvin

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    rentier  almost 10 years ago

    All people have to work hard on themselves for not to sin. We have all the same problem. We must become holy but we are not born holy!

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    Linux0s  almost 10 years ago

    Shtick in the mud.

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    Hobbes Premium Member almost 10 years ago

    @Linux0s: Heh, heh.

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    Earnestly Frank  almost 10 years ago

    Authenticity, Calvin, authenticity. Once you can fake that, you’ve got it made.

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    Hobbes Premium Member almost 10 years ago

    Click here: Peanuts (December 4, 1966)

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    pouncingtiger  almost 10 years ago

    No matter how well you perform Calvin, Susie won’t believe you.

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    Hobbes Premium Member almost 10 years ago

    Click here: Pearls Before Swine (February 7, 2009)

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    Hobbes Premium Member almost 10 years ago

    Click here: Dilbert (July 29,2010)

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    MiepR  almost 10 years ago

    Why am I readig a retired strip about glorifying a socipathic child and his imaginary sane friend?

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    Hobbes Premium Member almost 10 years ago

    @MiepR: Because reality, politics, and the 24/7 news are overrated.

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    Hobbes Premium Member almost 10 years ago

    Calvin: For your scheme to be successful, you not only need to convey sincerity; you have to make it shtick.

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    reyigo  almost 10 years ago

    Wish we had the Hobbs family Twenty years later. Honey would you get me a towel? Remember when you hit me with that water baloon, well here’s some cold water. AAHHHHH!!!!

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    arye uygur  almost 10 years ago

    I’m 73 and I’ve never used the word “shtick” in a sentence and yet six-year-old Calvin uses it so casualy. Is “shtick” originally a Yiddish word? If so, I should be ashamed of myself since Yiddish was my father’s first language.

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    watmiwori  almost 10 years ago

    Calvinl, you should know by now, messing with Suzie doesn’tpay. Much like trying to bath a cat or get a pill down it when itdoesn’t want you to, even if you succeed it can end up beingmore than your life is worth. As here….

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    GROG Premium Member almost 10 years ago

    If you exercised restraint, you wouldn’t have to do that schtick.

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    Sciatic  almost 10 years ago

    I take back what i said about Calvin’s aim…but perhaps his target selection needs to be tweaked

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    Donriess  almost 10 years ago

    It’s what modern society is peddling, whether it be religion, politics or other human interactions. As long as the word is believed, the user gets away with it even without sincerity. But, do we become a society of synics and pass judgement on every transgressor or except the few who abuse the system as collateral damage? If I sounded preachy…I’m sorry :)

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    Puddleglum2  almost 10 years ago

    Au contrere!Christianity isn’t peddling fake remorse or fake repentance.Calvin’s genuine remorse needs work, as does his motivation.

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    rshive  almost 10 years ago

    There’s penance because you know you did wrong. And penance because of fear of the punishment you merit. Calvin wants Susie to believe that his is the former. But, if he’s penitent at all, it’s heavily skewed toward the latter.

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    Puddleglum2  almost 10 years ago

    @Linux0s,Your shtick works!Shtick with it!

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    battle of plattsburgh  almost 10 years ago

    Suzie is very unforgiving. How sad for her to be so judgemental.

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    Rakkav  almost 10 years ago

    Which brand? The original, or the kind that turned grace into license to do evil and denied the Lord Jesus Christ in various creative ways?

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    rentier  almost 10 years ago

    Perhaps Susi is not so innocent, too, we don’t know, what she has done before!

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    Puddleglum2  almost 10 years ago

    @exturk,“Anyone remember the Farside cartoon of the hornet’s nest outside the picture window, and the hornets were throwing rocks at the window?“And the two species coexisted until one day—-”

    “What light through ‘yonder window breaks’?”

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    walruscarver2000  almost 10 years ago

    Say three Hail Marys and you’re good to go.

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    ncalifgirl58  almost 10 years ago

    Bill Watterson is one of the best cartoonists ever. The looks on the charachters faces are priceless.

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    Phapada  almost 10 years ago

    Alway Susie’s..

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    LingeeWhiz  almost 10 years ago

    Sorry one gets caught is not true repentance. Sorry one has done wrong is. Big difference and working in the criminal justice system in my prime showed me lots of Calvin’s behavior today. BTW the word repentance has within it’s meaning to turn around and go the other way.

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    drosen32  almost 10 years ago

    It’s a risk/reward thing. The risk was worth the reward.

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    agvarga Premium Member almost 10 years ago

    But isn’t that the reality for all us imperfect humans… we all need to work on our repentance so that it’s not just “shtick” but a genuine movement of the heart? We iknow that we are not as genuinely “sorry” as we might be…

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    yangeldf  almost 10 years ago

    I do believe that is a subtle jab at church practices…

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    Jkiss  almost 10 years ago

    Susie will never buy your schtick Calvin, no matter how good it gets.

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    tuslog64  almost 10 years ago

    The same old story we’ve seen and heard many times -what they really mean is:‘SORRY I GOT CAUGHT’

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    cookies333  almost 10 years ago

    If any one else was wondering what “shtick” meant here it is.

    shtick   [shtik] Show IPAnoun Slang .1.(especially in comic acting) a routine or piece of business inserted to gain a laugh or draw attention to’s special interest, talent, etc.


    : )

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    dayon.wong  almost 10 years ago

    I love old fashion comics

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    Number Three  almost 10 years ago

    Ooooooh. Calvin’s in hot water (I know the water in this strip isn’t hot but…..forget it)

    LOL xxx

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    Perkycat  almost 10 years ago

    Lots of religious comments on the comics today. I think we need a separation of church and comics. Thanks again Hobbes for the comics – loved the PBS.

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    Rickapolis  almost 10 years ago

    Once you learn to fake honesty and sincerity you’ve got it made.

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    bmonk  almost 10 years ago

    “I hope everybody realizes that Calvin’s attitude is exactly what Christianity is peddling.”


    Not Christianity. Many Christians do “get it,” and sincerely repent of the mess they’ve made of their lives, and look to God to help them become better people, persons they can be at peace with.

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    ratlum  almost 10 years ago

    To me you did not sound sincere.The world of deception is more complicate than that.Next time say you thought it was Moe,you may still get a whopping?

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    watmiwori  almost 10 years ago

    You’re joking, right? From the day he decided tofoist himself on an unsuspecting public as a polit-ician, nobody on earth had LESS credibility thanReichsfuehrer Nichtssohn. “Would you buy a usedcar from this man”

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    Vonne Anton  almost 10 years ago

    LOVE the water balloon sploosh in panel two…wish I could draw like that!

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    khpage  almost 10 years ago

    Calvin – if your mother sees you treating Suzie that way, the shtick may be applied to your backside…..

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    calvinsfriend110  almost 10 years ago

    She never belivies him.

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    Fuzzy Thinker Premium Member almost 10 years ago

    Kinda reminds me of the behavior of a few people in the news.

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    starbase502  almost 10 years ago

    Wow, who knew Calvin was a democrat?

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    coffeeturtle  almost 10 years ago

    That was just plain mean, Calvin!

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