Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for March 20, 2023

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    BE THIS GUY  8 months ago

    Aren’t we happy we can click on “Skip Ad,” or fast forward with the DVR?

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    codycab  8 months ago

    Depending on the commercial, attention spans last longer. Of course those would either be fast food or new video game commercials!

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    sirbadger  8 months ago

    At least Calvin remembered what he was talking about 15 seconds ago.

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    Erse IS better  8 months ago

    The arm chair is reflecting the quality of the TV today…

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    hariseldon59  8 months ago

    “Barrage of non-linear free association”? It never ceases to amaze me what a complex vocabulary Calvin has for a six year old.

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    jvo  8 months ago

    Attention span is limited to the length of a tweet.

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    einarbt  8 months ago

    Four panels to read. What do these cartoonist think we are, scholars?

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    GreggW Premium Member 8 months ago

    Neil Postman would have loved that one.

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    orinoco womble  8 months ago

    As always, Watterson was ahead of his time.

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    Defective Premium Member 8 months ago

    There are people that can go through 15 tiktoks in 15 seconds. And that’s just the warm up.

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    nosirrom  8 months ago

    And then there are the commercials that after watching them you have no idea of what product they are trying to sell.

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    Judy Hendrickson [Unnamed Reader - 852856]  8 months ago

    This comic strip is old, who has a tv with anattena

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    Troglodyte  8 months ago

    Cal would fit right in, into today’s smartphone-obsessed world!

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    Count Olaf Premium Member 8 months ago

    That’s not a commercial, it’s Sesame Street. Think about it…

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    Emperor Rick  8 months ago

    We’ve been numbed.

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    Who, me?  8 months ago

    Shading that chair was way too much work. Course, if you had to make a pattern…

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    jagedlo  8 months ago

    As usual, the tiger speaks the truth!

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    dflak  8 months ago

    I have noticed that about some commercials: they don’t hold a scene for more than 3 seconds. It’s particularly disturbing when it’s a movie trailer. I don’t think I could watch a whole movie where scenes change every 3 seconds.

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    Zebrastripes  8 months ago

    On a 60 minute program, there’s over 20 minutes of ads!

    How sickening is that? America runs on money!

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    sandpiper  8 months ago

    The hype is there to sell something few actually need. The glitz and rapid changes are to distract from that and to ‘hide’ the wordy disclaimers that one really needs to see. Entertainment at its worst.

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    Jhony-Yermo  8 months ago

    Screaming funny cartoon ART

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    david_42  8 months ago

    Any movie trailer that consists of 47 1.3 second cuts is a sign that the movie isn’t worth watching.

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    Bruce1253  8 months ago

    One of the reasons I threw my TV out over a decade ago. I got tired of violence filled programming designed for those with a 5th grade education and the attention span of a gnat.

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    Just-me  8 months ago

    Except commercials for various potions, lotions, pills, creams, insurance, etc, drag on interminably…

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    Redd Panda  8 months ago

    I wonder if this is a fresh strip? today’s date, but no year?

    I can’t watch TV these days, ads drive me bonkers.

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    aerotica69  8 months ago

    At least back then the people in commercials were attractive…….and far less annoying.

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    rshive  8 months ago

    Don’t ask your doc about it either.

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    Diat60  8 months ago

    We tape everything and fast forward the ads. I haven’t seen a whole commercial for years and actually kinda miss them.

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    mountainclimber  8 months ago

    Black and white paisley, well done.

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    sdjamieson Premium Member 8 months ago

    I love how Bill Watterson makes the TV leap around, constantly demanding our attention!

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    I'm Sad  8 months ago

    Sometimes the commercials were better than the television shows.

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    InquireWithin  8 months ago
    I used to call it the “MTV style”: quick cuts, rapid zooms and pans, crazy camera angles. I first saw it on MTV “reality” shows, used to give the appearance that the show was being shot by some hack with a Handycam. But people found that the same techniques can also be used to manufacture excitement about even the most mundane things: “OK, I’m going out to get the mail! Wish me luck!” — cue the hard rock soundtrack, cut to shot of the mail box, cut back to the subject, zoom in on their face, pan quickly from the front door to the road, shot of subject walking, cut back to mail box, etc. And now all the amateurs on YouTube use these when they want to create a buzz around, say, unboxing a product. It’s a case of art imitating life imitating art (if you can call choppy videography “art”).
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    g04922  8 months ago

    Hobbes is smarter than the average stuffed Tiger…

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    hagarthehorrible  8 months ago

    These two marketing pundits can teach more than the marketing professor.

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    1BlackLivesMatter Premium Member 8 months ago

    For a kid who hates school, Calvin has an excellent vocabulary.

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    mistercatworks  8 months ago

    Frequently fracturing the stream of thought is one of the fundamental techniques of brainwashing. It is especially effective against children who have not learned to screen all those sensory impressions. Hey, as long as somebody is getting rich … right.

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    BiggerNate91  8 months ago

    We’re making commercials in my Digital Production class, and reading this makes a lot more sense now.

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    Richard S Russell Premium Member 8 months ago

    This strip is from 1993 — 30 years ago! Think how much more advanced we are, um, … what was I saying?

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    ArcticFox Premium Member 8 months ago

    Hobbs is again a victim of ADHD.

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    Angry Indeed  8 months ago

    Sorry to say but my wife has a tendency to channel surf which drives me nuts. That’s probably why I’m not a big fan of TV anyways. Reading and making comments in fulfills my enjoyment requirements. ;-p

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    C  8 months ago

    Haven’t seen a TV ad in.. twenty years?

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    Templo S.U.D.  8 months ago

    yes, Calvin, Hobbes is still talking aobut it

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    MFRXIM Premium Member 8 months ago

    At 72, I feel the same way about news broadcasts. They talk faster than I can think and still have almost nothing but bullet points.

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    MFRXIM Premium Member 8 months ago

    See Pearls Before Swine, 3/22/23

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