Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for January 12, 2020


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    BE THIS GUY Premium Member 15 days ago

    Excuse me, there’s something in my eye.

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    Sugar Bombs 95  15 days ago

    Normally Calvin’s dad is kind of a sarcastic jerk to his son. This strip stands out for being one of the most wholesome C&H strips ever.

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    TEMPLO S.U.D.  15 days ago

    As some advertisements of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in a tag line, “family: it’s about time.”

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    bluram  15 days ago
    What a dad. He’s all heart.
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    codycab  15 days ago

    Now does everyone get why we love snow?

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    latexdolphin  15 days ago

    “Cat’s in the Cradle” comes to mind.

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    mattro53  15 days ago

    We don’t have a lot of money, we have barely enough. I could go back to work and we could have newer stuff and a bigger car. That’s not happening and if we ever got a good amount of snow I’d go out with them as much as I hate the cold. My boys will have what my my brothers and I never did.

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    RuinQueenofOblivion  15 days ago

    I gotta say, this is one of my all time favorite Calvin and Hobbes comics. The images tell all you need to know about it, making it sequential art at its finest. The story is heartwarming and has a simple message that anyone can enjoy or even relate to. I just love it.

    Thanks Bill.

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    SHIVA  15 days ago

    Obviously, this happened when he was ‘normal’.

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    retrocool  15 days ago

    nice !

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    Bilan  15 days ago

    In the eight panel, the realization occurs, Why am I inside doing paperwork when I could be outside playing in the snow?

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    Obi-Haiv  15 days ago

    Calvin’s dad will be polling well tonight!

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    Sonic the Hedgehog  15 days ago

    Abadoning paperwork pays

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    Watcher  15 days ago

    And Calvin will remember this day all the days of his life.

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    Scorpio Premium Member 15 days ago

    Who says you need a punchline for a cartoon? And it does not need to be funny, just warm the heart.

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    Packratjohn Premium Member 15 days ago

    Sweet, Thanks yet again, Bill.

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    L. H. Puttgrass  15 days ago

    Ah yess, that reminds me of back when I was a resident of the Mid-Atlantic and loved snow. Then I moved to New York’s North Country. sigh

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    Orcatime  15 days ago

    Reminds me of the Harry Chapin song “Cat’s Cradle.”

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    lucky444  15 days ago

    The moral?

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    pauline_gangof4  15 days ago

    And for those individuals who think Calvin’s parents are abusive . . .

    < sticks out tongue > PFFFFTTT!!!

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    Tom Gaylord Premium Member 15 days ago

    A delightfully rare moment.

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    Kim Metzger  15 days ago

    “I won’t grow up!I won’t grow up!”

    And why should you?

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    Kali  15 days ago

    Nice to see a moment of calm and some family togetherness.

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    dave1960  15 days ago

    Given half a chance…….

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    Barry1941  15 days ago

    If a picture is worth a thousand words these are worth a hundred thousand.

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    peb6006  15 days ago

    When your parents pay attention to you, then you don’t need any stuffed pet.

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    InuYugiHakusho  15 days ago

    An all too rare wholesome father-son moment between those two.

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    jpayne4040  15 days ago

    Much better choice, Dad! Way to go!

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    Ned Snipes  15 days ago

    This one should be used as a reminder poster for all working parents.

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    tripwire45  15 days ago

    Finally, Dad does something normal with Calvin.

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    morningglory61 Premium Member 15 days ago

    That’s better.

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    jamessveta  15 days ago

    You can always make more money but you can’t make more time. Once it’s gone it’s gone.

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    pony21  15 days ago

    I love a happy ending.

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    Patrick Osterbrink  15 days ago

    “But there were planes to catch and bills to pay, he learned to walk while I was away.” That’s what happens if parents don’t take time out for their kids. I never had kids of my own. but I had a nephew who wanted to play with me when he was little but like Calvin’s father, I was too busy and I never did and now I regret it.

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    A Common 'tater  15 days ago

    155 “Likes” for just one cartoon… I’ve never seen that many before… and ironically one of the few not to feature Hobbs…

    Just leaves a warm glow inside me… Thank you Bill…

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    amra_leo  15 days ago

    Sometimes, you’ve just gotta…

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    mourdac Premium Member 15 days ago

    Dad has guaranteed re-election for another term.

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    mizdurble  15 days ago

    Where’s Hobbes?

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    Masterskrain Premium Member 15 days ago

    Way to go, Dad!

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    A R V reader  15 days ago

    Building up his “Dad Points”.

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    Prescott_Philosopher   15 days ago

    No one has noted how different this strip is from all the other Calvin snowman strips.

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    jrankin1959  15 days ago

    Mark well this Sunday panel… where Dad’s not portrayed as a doofus.

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    Wizard of Ahz-no relation  15 days ago

    one of those rare cases when dad and son both get it right

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    Prince Mikey  15 days ago

    Looks like someone finally called children’s services on the mother for being emotionally abusive and she made a half-assed effort after getting back on her meds.

    She’s always ruined this strip for me with her screeching, demeaning utter lack of warmth and affection. Worst c’wad ever, second only to Debra Barone. Honorable mention to Claire Dunphy.

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    sonnygreen  15 days ago

    The last panel says it a lot better than any drivel that I could add. Nice job Bill!

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    arianseren  15 days ago

    It’s not so much that his parents are abusive, they’re trying to raise a kid by teaching him right from wrong. And before anyone jumps on me just look around. Respect for others is lacking now days. There is no off switch anymore for decision making. Get angry with someone – kill them. Want something that isn’t yours, steal it. There is more abuse now days because respect, morality and ethics are no longer taught by parents.

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    hardwickd  15 days ago

    ❤️ Wish I’d done more of that with my own kids, they’re some of my happiest memories.

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    mmotsko  15 days ago

    One of my favorites. Work will always be there, but the child that wants to play will not.

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    Andrew Sleeth Premium Member 15 days ago

    I love little Calvin in the title panel. It reminds me of my cat … reminding me there’s always enough time for play.

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    Bill The Nuke  15 days ago

    And that’s the way I hope my children think of me. I know my grandchildren do.

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    rs  15 days ago

    Boy if that family isn’t just like mine… only my son’s name is CA***N. (Not Calvin.)

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    DCBakerEsq  15 days ago

    Life is short.

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    WCraft Premium Member 15 days ago

    A rare strip where Calvin is a “normal” child, the parents show him their love, and Hobbes isn’t present. Despite the previous mentioned deviations form the normal Calvin and Hobbes….I love it!

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    eladee  15 days ago

    Actions speak louder than words in the language of love.

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    josh_bisbee  15 days ago

    One hundred years from now, it won’t matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank, nor what my clothes looked like. BUT the world may be a little better, because, I was important in the life of a child.

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    BiggerNate91  15 days ago

    The wordless strips are, in my opinion, some of the most powerful.

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    dtdbiz  15 days ago

    Anyone else hearing Harry Chapin’s “Cat’s in the Cradle”? Only this time the song has a happy ending.

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    mistercatworks  15 days ago

    My cat does this for me. She loves to go for walks.

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    Doug Taylor Premium Member 15 days ago

    Along the same lines…too cute

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    jshill922  14 days ago

    Is this his parents’ daydream?

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    wesleylscott1  14 days ago

    That was so heartwarming, it’ll melt all the snow !!!

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    The Wolf In Your Midst  14 days ago

    Nobody ever laid on their deathbed thinking “I wish I’d gotten more paperwork done”.

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    jrgtr42  14 days ago

    Further proof that a comic doesn’t have to have dialogue or a joke to be a great one.

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    chidecki Premium Member 14 days ago

    Could this be the sweetest Calvin strip of all? Could be….

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    JMG316  14 days ago

    One of my favorites!!!!

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    batmanwithprep  14 days ago

    That does it, I gotta have a son.

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    wesleylscott1  14 days ago

    It would only be sweeter if Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs would fall like manna from the heavens….

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    eolan59  14 days ago

    One of the best Bill did

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    sobrown51  14 days ago

    Its a comic strip people. It only shows the funny things and seldom (like today) the touching and loving stuff I am sure his parents do. I wonder where Hobbs was today?

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    Ermine Notyours  14 days ago

    Do you want to build a snowman?

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    Numbnumb  14 days ago

    Finally a happy thing for Calvin and his Father!! WHOOP!!

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    Scoutmaster77  14 days ago

    Way to go Dad! :-)

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    alexius23  14 days ago

    Essence of Fatherhood

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    jmworacle  14 days ago

    Priceless! Mr Watterson please bring Calvin back!

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    mitchel.farr  14 days ago

    Best Calvin in a long, long time.

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    cosman  14 days ago

    Fathers seeing today’s strip, shifted their regard for their child a bit.

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    hagarthehorrible  14 days ago

    I kinda love this family! For a parent nothing is more satisfying than some quality time with kids. This is life!

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    Dae  14 days ago

    The best cartoons need no dialog. Remember Henry?

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    tinstar  14 days ago

    They are being PARENTS! How we turn out, is basically up to us. I was spanked, but basically, behaved. I have never been arrested, and, there is a line between abuse, and discipline. How many times do you have to chase a child, to keep them out of the road, when sometimes, you have to take the adult stand, and discipline them. Don’t beat the hell out of them, and make the punishment fit the crime, but, lack of discipline, now, has given us a society of entitled children/teenagers. Everything they do that is bad, illegal, or, even violent, is attributed to a “mental health” problem. Yeah, right.

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    Shikamoo  14 days ago

    This one is one of my all time favorites. I can see where Calvin gets his imagination.

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    tinstar  14 days ago

    P.S. – This, is a comic strip. People would enjoy them more, without over-reading them, or psychoanalyzing them! They are basically meant to be read, and taken at face value.

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    For once.

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    wesleylscott1  14 days ago

    Maybe Calvin and Dad can go out and make yellow snow, using the same technique Calvin once used on the unauthorized auto stickers back in the day.

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    srmcd1  14 days ago

    Since when does Calvin ever want to play with his dad? Feels very out of character.

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    Ray  14 days ago

    One of my favorite episodes.

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    MelanieMather  14 days ago

    In Bill Watterson’s own words, “They do a better job than I would.”

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    AndrewBarksdale  7 days ago

    Cat’s in the cradle.

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