Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for July 23, 2023

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    BE THIS GUY  10 months ago

    He must have lost it helping an old woman cross the Anauros.

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    dadthedawg  10 months ago

    So says the negotiating team…..

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    Sugar Bombs 95  10 months ago

    I love this strip because it shows a great contrast between Calvin talking like a regular kid to his parents and his sophisticated conversation with Hobbes.

    I feel like that’s how most kids think in real life, even if they don’t consciously realize it.

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    codycab  10 months ago

    Calvin is a lean mean stalling machine!

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    C  10 months ago

    You have to train parents one way or another

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    salakfarm Premium Member 10 months ago

    Amazing how a six-year-old’s strategy can beat that of an adult.

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    Robin Harwood  10 months ago

    And just ignore the story for a moment. The scenes are mostly Calvin standing and Hobbes sitting in front of him. Look at how Watterson uses different colours to avoid visual monotony!

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    jagedlo  10 months ago

    And here comes Mom in 3…2…1…

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    the dorf  10 months ago

    If I tried that with my mom when I was little, I’d have been grounded for a month.

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    M2MM  10 months ago

    Well played Mr. Watterson! :D

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    VegaAlopex  10 months ago

    Does Hobbes mean that even in the rain another minute outside and awake is a good minute when soaked?

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    minty_Joe  10 months ago

    Ahh, back in the days when you could play outdoors (with no parents watching you like a hawk) from morning to after dark (with breaks for meals in between). Alas, those days are over.

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    saylorgirl  10 months ago

    Oh to be a child again on summer nights. We had a rule, once the street lights came on it was time to go in.

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    Calvinist1966  10 months ago

    One unusual factor about today’s strip is that it is Hobbes rather than Calvin who breaks the Fourth Wall and speaks directly to us. When Hobbes speaks directly to us, it is usually on the rare occasions when he is by himself. I noticed to of those strips in the first Calvin and Hobbes collection that I read which was “Something Under The Bed Is Drooling”, the second Calvin and Hobbes collection to be published.

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    The Reader Premium Member 10 months ago

    Calvin used up a lot of good material today!

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    Prey  10 months ago

    Come on Mum, shut the door, turn out the outside lights. Then go out so he doesn´t see you, sneak up on him and touch him on the shoulder – or shout in his ear.

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    SquidGamerGal  10 months ago

    Does Calvin have any idea how dangerous nighttime is?

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    A Hip loving Canadian...  10 months ago

    Those are great pointers from Calvin.

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    sandpiper  10 months ago

    Cal takes his little successes where he finds them. He doesn’t get that many.

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    Just-me  10 months ago

    Anything to avoid taking a bath, eh Calvin?

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    Zebrastripes  10 months ago

    He’s on her last nerve….

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    MEPace  10 months ago

    Mom should have reminded Calvin that tigers hunt at night and that it’s been awhile since Hobbes last ate.

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    Bruce1253  10 months ago

    I used to play that game as well. However, I tried that with dinner only ONE time. When I finally came in for dinner, I found the table cleared and mom washing up. I asked “Where’s dinner?” She said, “This is not a restaurant. I called you for dinner, you didn’t come. Breakfast is at 6am, I suggest you not be late for that.”

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    pkdavis  10 months ago

    That last line depends on what’s on TV.

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    g04922  10 months ago

    Love Hobbes’ rationale…

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    ilovecomics*infinity  10 months ago

    This is so brilliant because it’s exactly what takes place in these situations without either side actually realizing it.

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    rshive  10 months ago

    Calvin seems to have his procedures down pat.

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    BiggerNate91  10 months ago

    Calvin has turned annoying grown-ups and extending playtime into an art form.

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    pearcy19  10 months ago

    I’ve had a child like this one and I still have to say “Oh Lord”

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    mistercatworks  10 months ago

    Parenting is not about negotiation. Children have unlimited time for it; you do not. I know it is hard to remember. Make a mantra or something out it. I’m not saying you don’t make compromises, but do it for your own purposes. Otherwise, you are not parenting, you are raising a slave master.

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    Otis Rufus Driftwood  10 months ago

    Who knew that a carefree summer night takes so much work?

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    mindjob  10 months ago

    He could also mention the shooting stars are most visible tonight

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    KEA  10 months ago

    been there, done that. …don’t tell on me.

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    locake  10 months ago

    Mom should leave Calvin outside another hour and enjoy the peace and quiet inside.

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    joannesshadow  10 months ago

    Boy does this remind me of childhood. Our family was one of a larger group that went camping together. You could stay out with the gang later because all the parents knew where you were. We were sent to bed by age group.

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    1JennyJenkins  10 months ago

    I have a strip on my fridge from “For Better Or For Worse”: Elly is calling Elizabeth and she’s hiding and the ballon says: " I’ll wait until she really means it."

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    Robert4170  10 months ago

    This is the same kid who can’t add two single digit integers.

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    FrannieL Premium Member 10 months ago

    One has to love this precocious child.

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    bestframeforward Premium Member 10 months ago

    The principle…and almost exact practice…I lived my childhood by! :D

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    artjohn42  10 months ago

    Six year olds are feral. Calvin is more feral than most.

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    fuzzbucket Premium Member 10 months ago

    I lost several shoes as a kid, but never on purpose. I’d kick at something, and one would be gone.

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    wiley207  10 months ago

    Love the color choices here to represent the sun having nearly set completely. And of course I love when Calvin trolls his Mom like that.

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