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Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for December 23, 2012

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    Starwars54  almost 7 years ago

    Maybe you’ll get an extra present!!!!

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    thirdguy  almost 7 years ago

    Oh Calvin, here’s your handbasket, you are going to heck!

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    Hobbes Premium Member almost 7 years ago

    In today’s strip, Calvin hits the nail on the head, even though it seems like a snow job.He raises the basic question of whether we are all alike in terms of our evil inclinations and our abilities to resist temptations, and therefore whether we should all be judged equally. Now, there’s a topic for discussion.Today, Calvin is trying to justify himself by saying that he has a stronger innate inclination toward evil than some other people (presumably he thinks that he was born that way), and therefore that he shouldn’t be judged as harshly as others. But in a strip two years earlier, Calvin was trying to justify himself by saying that he hadn’t done things that were as bad as what other people had done, and therefore that he shouldn’t be judged as harshly as others. Calvin wants to have it both ways.Many of us tend to be like Calvin. If we feel that we are worse than other people, we want to look for reasons that our behavior might be beyond our control, or at least more difficult for us to control. But if we feel that we are better than other people, we want to think that it is something that we have accomplished on our own and therefore something for which we should receive credit. Like Calvin, we want to have it both ways. And like Calvin, in either case, we try to justify ourselves by comparing our behavior to that of others.Part of what makes Calvin and Hobbes such an enduring strip is Bill Watterson’s incredible insight into human nature, and his ability to express it in ways that readers can relate to, while he is simultaneously entertaining them at a high level.Today’s strip is from December 1992. Here is the earlier strip:Click here: Calvin and Hobbes (December 23, 1990)

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    Hobbes Premium Member almost 7 years ago

    Click here: Peanuts (December 17, 1959)

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    Hobbes Premium Member almost 7 years ago

    Click here: Garfield (December 11, 2002)

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    Hobbes Premium Member almost 7 years ago

    Click here: Pearls Before Swine (December 22, 2006)

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    garfield246  almost 7 years ago

    You’re a dead man again, Calvin!

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    Hobbes Premium Member almost 7 years ago

    Hi Night-Gaunt49. Calvin isn’t an average character, but he’s definitely a character.

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    ratlum  almost 7 years ago

    As long as Susie is around and you cant take Hobbes advice,forget all these good points.Your going to blow it.

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    thirdguy  almost 7 years ago

    Welcome back Hobbes, missed you buddy!

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    Hobbes Premium Member almost 7 years ago

    Hi Dogsniff. From the looks of your avatar, you may need a skin graft as well.

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    Hobbes Premium Member almost 7 years ago

    Hi Thirdguy. You’re the third guy I’m replying to. (Sorry, very old joke.) Glad to see the regulars are still here at this ridiculous hour.

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    RetroJenny  almost 7 years ago

    Calvin is hopeless. LOL

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    Hobbes Premium Member almost 7 years ago

    @Dogsniff: It was a Thirdguy and a Wiseguy.

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    Hobbes Premium Member almost 7 years ago

    Thanks, Sebastian Pho, and welcome to GoComics.

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    pauline_gangof4  almost 7 years ago

    I’m sure – Oh, thump! I’ve forgotten my comment.A blonde moment – normal service will be resumed etc etc etc.

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    GROG Premium Member almost 7 years ago

    Calvin, I think your logic is faulty. If anything, Santa should give a little tough love in response to your acts. It’s the only way to mend you of your evil ways and avoid the lumps of coal in future stockings.

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    Linux0s  almost 7 years ago

    WB Hobbes! You’ve been missed.

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    Michelle Morris Premium Member almost 7 years ago

    Calvin,oh Calvin,WHY do you continually invite The Pounding?

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    rentier  almost 7 years ago

    Naturally, Calvin!

    Hobbes, we didn’t hear you for aeons!!

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    John Davis  almost 7 years ago

    Hobbes!!!! It is Christmas. Now I"m sure I’ll get those 2 front teeth.In light of your record here on GoComics how long do you expect to keep this set?

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    annafrances  almost 7 years ago

    ahhh Clavin..the age of relativism is upon us

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    Vonne Anton  almost 7 years ago

    I want to be judged by effort in this matter, too! Who of us can say we are truly “good”? Some go to great lengths to appear good just so they can appear good…is that really good?-Welcome home, Hobbesy-Baby! Every day I’ve wondered when you would return and if you were all right. Good to see you, buddy!

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    CasualObserver  almost 7 years ago

    I read somewhere that all men are created equal. It’s obvious that’s total hogwash!

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    battle of plattsburgh  almost 7 years ago

    I’m jealous, Calvin’s snow is always suitable for snow balls and snow men. He never gets that dry powdery stuff.

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    Karaboo2  almost 7 years ago

    Calvin wanted to put a rock in the snowball, but didn’t. That is worth a lot Calvin!!!We had a president that smoked pot but didn’t inhale and he got all kinds of good stuff. The bad goes with the good I guess.

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    Zippy007  almost 7 years ago

    As it is written:

    “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless;there is no one who does good, not even one.” “Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit.”“The poison of vipers is on their lips.” “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.” “Their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and misery mark their ways, and the way of peace they do not know.” “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

    Romans 3:10-18

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    Zippy007  almost 7 years ago

    Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.

    Acts 4:12

    Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

    Philippians 2:9-11

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    thirdguy  almost 7 years ago

    I think that Puddleglum has some competition!

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    gs72083  almost 7 years ago

    This what Calvin needshttp://www.hammacher.com/Product/83409?source=CMPSHOP&cm_ven=CompShop&cm_cat=Nextag&cm_pla=Nextag&cm_ite=83409&zmam=36352540&zmas=1&zmac=2&zmap=83409

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    baldhedjer  almost 7 years ago

    If Calvin can negotiate this deal, then Congress should be able to negotiate the fiscal cliff deal. Just sayin’

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    vwdualnomand  almost 7 years ago

    if calvin can throw a snowball, with that much force and speed, then imagine if it was a baseball.

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    Burnside217  almost 7 years ago

    This is the problem with the performanced based Santa type concept. You can never know when you’ve been “good enough”. I’ll take the free gift, no fine print, no strings attached, regardless what I’ve done, I’m still loved.

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    Hobbes Premium Member almost 7 years ago

    @Burnside217: I like your comment. It’s definitely “good enough.” :>) Unconditional love is an incredible thing.

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    valgrant  almost 7 years ago

    Now that Hobbes is back in the picture Calvin had better sleep with one eye open cause Hobbes is going to swipe all the good stuff and replace it with broccoli, spinach, sprouts and other good nutritious stuff!!!!

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    Poollady  almost 7 years ago

    I think you’re sunk, Calvin. It’s a stocking full of coal for you!

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    Number Three  almost 7 years ago

    Oooooooh, Calvin!

    Tut Tut…. I’m too shocked to think of anything to say.

    LOL xxx

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    cookies333  almost 7 years ago

    Does anyone like being good? Or do they like the result of being good? (Sorry if someone already mentioned this, I didn’t read all the comments.)

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    Stephen Gilberg  almost 7 years ago

    Dang, a rock would be really harsh. Of course, he’s also tried to order deadly weapons for use on Susie. Calvin’s unprovoked spite goes beyond the norm for mere cootie fears. Maybe it’s displaced aggression.

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    georgelcsmith  almost 7 years ago

    Calvin has a crush on Susie and saves his snowballs only for her. Susie likes Calvin but is not about to take his abuse, so she shows him that it has consequences. Love at that age is so backwards. I predict an intense romance in High School and many children when they grow up.

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    Puddleglum2  almost 7 years ago

    @Thirdguy and Hobbes,“Is this the person to whom I am speaking?”

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    MysteryCat  almost 7 years ago

    Welcome back Hobbes, It’s good to see your comments again.

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    cubswin2016  almost 7 years ago

    Don’t you learn Calvin? You’re just going to get beat up again.

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    calvinsfriend110  almost 7 years ago

    A rock would have been worse.

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    Hobbes Premium Member almost 7 years ago

    @calvinsfriend110: Give the other strips a chance — some of the other kids on Calvin and Hobbes really enjoy the extra strips, and over time, you may discover that you do to.The other comics are related to the theme of today’s Calvin and Hobbes, and I post other comics periodically because a lot of the adults here enjoy them. With today’s selections it may be harder to see the connection with the Pearls Before Swine strip, but I chose that one because of the line, “save us from ourselves,” and just because it is a very funny Santa-themed strip. Sometimes the Peanuts strips that I post show some of Charles Schulz’s influence on Bill Watterson, since Schulz came first. Today’s strip with the precocious Linus is a good example, drawn by Charles Schulz in 1959, 26 years before Bill Watterson created Calvin and Hobbes. With other strips, since they came after Calvin and Hobbes, sometimes you may see some of Bill Watterson’s influence on later cartoonists.

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    Hobbes Premium Member almost 7 years ago

    Thanks to many of you for the nice comments. I’ve been extremely busy and haven’t read the comics for the past two or three months, so I’m trying to catch up during the holidays. Some of you know that sometimes I stop posting for many weeks at a time, and at other times I may do a dozen postings in one day (today, for example). My approach to life is very non-routine, so for those who are used to routine, I tend to keep a lot of people guessing. Anyway, it’s great to see so many familiar “faces” when I return, along with some new ones. I hope everyone has a great holiday season.

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    Bruce L2  almost 7 years ago

    Welcome back Hobbes, we’ve missed you.

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    sundogusa  almost 7 years ago

    You can philosiphise all you want, but the bottom line is "Paybcak is a B#!@%! And Susie is planning her payback!I think the ultimate payback would be to marry Calvin!

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    rickray777  almost 7 years ago

    NOT putting a rock in the snowball that he just hit Susie with, like he originally wanted to? Gee, how many presents IS that sort of thing worth? (LOL!)

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    CalvinHobbeslover6  over 6 years ago

    Calvin, you talk of being good and then throw a snowball at susie what is up.

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