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(Cleveland Plain Dealer)   Bill Watterson reflects on "Calvin & Hobbes" with local newspaper reporter in his first interview since 1989   (cleveland.com) divider line 630
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2010-02-01 07:35:14 PM
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2010-02-01 07:37:30 PM
God-is-a-Taco: It's still amazing how much he succeeded in capturing what it was to be a boy and his struggles with imagination and reality. If an alien wanted to learn about male humans growing up, Calvin and Hobbes would be one of the most (if not THE most) accurate things you could show them.



That comic was seriously the best thing ever to me. Every boy had similar thoughts about school, or at least most of them. I certainly did.


I laughed harder at his commentary on that strip in the 10th Anniversary Book than the strip itself.

"Apparently some of my readers were never kids themselves."
 
2010-02-01 07:46:11 PM
jedimk: thamike: RedThree: Isn't is 'Frosted', not Fruity?

Yes. Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs is the term, I believe.

And he would always add more sugar to them....not sweet enough.


Yeah, they're kinda bland until you scoop sugar on 'em.
 
2010-02-01 07:47:20 PM
Aexia: Khellendros: Not quite, but close enough. Watterson made it very clear that this was NOT the case, but that there really isn't an explanation and he goes out of his way to not probe Hobbes reality. Hobbes is neither a product of Calvin's imagination, nor a doll that comes to life. His quote was something like "Calvin sees Hobbes one way, and everyone else sees it another way."

Hobbes is actually Schrodinger's Cat, a Quantum Tiger. He is simultaneously a living talking tiger and a stuffed animal. His waveform resolves one way or the other upon observation.

He's as old as time itself and was created to fight these guys.


Hope I didn't spoil anything for you.


WIN.
 
2010-02-01 07:49:43 PM
I Said: There is nothing about this mans work or how he has treated it that has been anything less than perfect.

I sincerely doubt anything will even come close to C&H in terms of comics or possibly children's entertainment in my lifetime. All of my younger brothers, even those born long after he stopped writing, still love them.


What a great interview. If Diogenes changed the subject of his search slightly and looked for sane men, he'd have to look no further than Watterson.
 
2010-02-01 07:58:38 PM
Catsmeow: You don't even have to post the whole strip. Most of you will be able to visualize the entire cartoon just from one line...

And for those who can't...

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2010-02-01 07:59:25 PM
God-is-a-Taco: That comic was seriously the best thing ever to me. Every boy had similar thoughts about school, or at least most of them. I certainly did.

Another of my faves is one where Calvin is setting up the most epic accident in the history of the universe with his various toys. He's got the T-Rex model, a plane of some sort ready to crash, a fault line under a house (with the gas line open, of course!) and a tanker also ready to crash, I think.

Best part is he sets all that up and then pauses to savor the moment. The look on his face is just wonderful.
 
2010-02-01 08:01:02 PM
Forgot one:
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2010-02-01 08:03:16 PM
itazurakko: Another of my faves is one where Calvin is setting up the most epic accident in the history of the universe with his various toys. He's got the T-Rex model, a plane of some sort ready to crash, a fault line under a house (with the gas line open, of course!) and a tanker also ready to crash, I think.

Best part is he sets all that up and then pauses to savor the moment. The look on his face is just wonderful.


picayune.uclick.com
 
2010-02-01 08:07:49 PM
MensRea: I am very glad to own this:

That was my college graduation gift from my sister. Incredibly awesome.
 
2010-02-01 08:10:58 PM
fredklein

You took the trouble to look up every one of those?

Can I gift you with a month of TotalWatterson?
 
2010-02-01 08:15:49 PM
That's the one!
 
2010-02-01 08:26:12 PM
It's just from the link that has been posted a couple of time above:

Link to last C&H strip (new window)

It allows you to search thru the dialog in the strips. I just copy/pasted the dialog for most of them.
 
2010-02-01 08:29:14 PM
Thread needs some more Pearls Before Swine

pics.livejournal.com

some Get Fuzzy:

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and topping it all off with some Dilbert

pics.livejournal.com


I swear I didn't intend to go political, but those are ones I have uploaded, so there you go.
 
2010-02-01 08:31:08 PM
I turned 12 shortly after the last C&H comic ran. Retrospectively, that was the end of a stage in my life, and I'm sort of glad they happened together.

When I was in high school, we were supposed to do a presentation on a philosophy, and I did John Calvin and Thomas Hobbes using the comic strips as examples of their theories. Calvin's harder to do than Hobbes.

Well, I'm off to check my tiger trap.
 
2010-02-01 08:31:30 PM
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2010-02-01 08:33:22 PM
I don't know what y'all are talkin' 'bout...
that there page loaded and displayed just fine for me...
 
2010-02-01 08:35:34 PM
Did this to make a flag. Flag's half done...

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2010-02-01 08:36:29 PM
SilentStrider: Thread needs some more Pearls Before Swine
www.triphammered.com

some Get Fuzzy:

joshreads.com

and topping it all off with some Dilbert

www.acampos.eu



Like your style
 
2010-02-01 08:43:56 PM
The house getting broken into is one of my all-time faves.
 
2010-02-01 08:51:39 PM
precia: stuffed pe

precia: cherryl taggart: Best lesson I ever learned in C&H was when Mom was trying to get Calvin to try a new dish and told him it was something hideous like fried lizard brains or anteater nostril casserole. He gobbled it while dad sat there turning green. I do this all the time now for my own Calvins.

One of them was stuffed peppers as stewed monkey heads. Stuffed peppers are actually something I still refuse to eat, because they were so bad during my own childhood. Attempting to explain them to my husband the other week (who had been mercifully spared their horrors) I mentioned the strip, because they really are that gross. Blurrrgh.

And unless I'm in polite company, I still refer to most gloopy meat-and-sauce-over-pasta-or-rice dishes as toad stroganoff. I actually like that one, though.


The "Dad won't eat monkey brains" is one of my favorite ones. After seeing that the dad was really characterized after himself in some ways, I wonder if he got that pulled on him once.
 
2010-02-01 09:06:02 PM
I think the people saying there's nothing at all worth reading currently are skipping over Foxtrot.

Just thought I'd throw that out there.
 
2010-02-01 09:13:08 PM
Quantumbunny: I think the people saying there's nothing at all worth reading currently are skipping over Foxtrot.

Just thought I'd throw that out there.


No, they're not.
 
2010-02-01 09:13:56 PM
dletter: The "Dad won't eat monkey brains" is one of my favorite ones. After seeing that the dad was really characterized after himself in some ways, I wonder if he got that pulled on him once.

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Oh, no, wait:

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Oh, yeah, that's it.
 
2010-02-01 09:24:51 PM
I always loved this one:

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2010-02-01 09:27:15 PM
Fano:
Like so?


Heheh I still refer to myself as "One of the old gods" because of that strip.

How about the one where there's a sedan that's going to crash into a cement mixer, then they're both going to get hit by a truck carrying toxic waste? (More or less. It's been a while) - the punchline on that one sums up my entire childhood.


/Imagine Susie Derkins with Calvin's imagination. Yeah, that's me.
 
2010-02-01 09:33:37 PM
TheHopeDiamond: How about the one where there's a sedan that's going to crash into a cement mixer, then they're both going to get hit by a truck carrying toxic waste? (More or less. It's been a while) - the punchline on that one sums up my entire childhood.

picayune.uclick.com
 
2010-02-01 10:19:48 PM
Bill is a true gentleman. This is my favorite Calvin and Hobbes.
www.freewebs.com

Miss it but glad he didn't sell it out.
 
2010-02-01 10:38:23 PM
What is his Fark logon?
 
2010-02-01 10:42:35 PM
And, when all is said and done; and the day draws to its end, we are left with with that welcome drowsiness that opens to the night and all the dreams it contains.

Sometimes, the most real people we ever meet are born of our own imaginations.

A stuffed tiger stretches, and smiles a lazy smile; a partner in adventure, and a friend through all seasons.

Every morning is something new; a slate as fresh as the pristine snow.

Let's explore.
 
2010-02-01 10:58:00 PM
eddyatwork: Could someone explain why Calvin and Hobbes is gone while crap like Cathy and Garfield lives on?

Garfield was created by an advertising expert to make money. Why would he ever stop?
 
2010-02-01 11:02:29 PM
1FreeMan
I just hope that whoever inherits Watterson's estate has the same respect for his creations that he did.

www.blork.org
/hotlink'd



This got me wondering about what will happen after he is gone? Watterson doesn't have any children and I doubt his wife would sell out C&D after he is gone. I don't know much about copyright laws, after his wife dies would his next of kin get dibs or would it come public use?

I wasn't allowed to read anything that wasn't considered "Christian values" growing up and after I got out of my house I discovered his wonderful works. Being a only child myself, I could really relate to making stuff animals your best friends and spending hours outside by myself. That man had a gift, I'm glad he shared it with the world, if only for a short time.
 
2010-02-01 11:08:44 PM
New Age Redneck: Bill is a true gentleman. This is my favorite Calvin and Hobbes.


Miss it but glad he didn't sell it out.


I can one-up you. Do you believe in ghosts?
 
2010-02-01 11:12:22 PM
I loved C&H and treasure my collection of their books. I was psyched when a friend bought me a book from France called "On n'arrete pas le progrès" (their translation of "Scientific Progress Goes "Boink") And as a lover of noir novels and especially the jargon, Tracer Bullet was one of my favorite characters ever. I may have to spring for the box set to go along with the Far Side one now... it's not like I HAVE to get the car tuned up this month!

As far as other comics, I totally agree with Pogo (even named my cat after him) but have to put in a plug for one of my all time favorites, Gordo:

www.stuartngbooks.com

/hot like siesta time
//like Mutts too!
 
2010-02-01 11:12:41 PM
My favorites:

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2010-02-01 11:38:04 PM
1. Complete series of Calvin & Hobbes on the shelf.

2. The first words I said to my now boyfriend were, "Holy shiat! You have a Calvin & Hobbes tattoo!" It's on his calf, and is slowly collecting the alter egos from different artists.

3. Pearls Before Swine is my new favorite.

That is all.
 
2010-02-01 11:39:39 PM
So, was Marvin ever funny?

The thing I hated the most about comic strips like Cathy was that I'd feel like I was leaving something out if I didn't read them.

My mom had some old Peanuts books from the '60s that I'd read when I was little, those were actually really dark and depressing. It's like Charles Schultz really wanted to have a happy world but couldn't bring himself to actually do it.
 
2010-02-01 11:45:26 PM
I have a good one in my profile, but this one is also hilarious:

http://www.reemst.com/calvin_and_hobbes/stripsearch?q=sex+education&search=norm a l&start=0&details=2747
 
2010-02-02 12:00:15 AM
dragonchild:

I could not possibly agree with you more. "Peanuts" sucked. It always sucked, even the early ones. Charles Schultz was a HACK, writing the same bloody strips over and over and over.
"Oh look charlie brown missed the football again! LOL." Fark Charles Schultz.

And to everyone who says Watterson loved Schutlz: SO THE FARK WHAT?!?!? Because I like Calvin and Hobbes and it's creator happened to like some shiate... I should like said shiate too?
You know what I'd say to zombie Monet if he claimed to like Thomas Kinkade? "Hey Monet, your paintings are great and your talent is beyond reproach, but I think your opinion sucks because Thomas Kinkade is a hack"
 
2010-02-02 12:15:35 AM
fredklein: TheHopeDiamond: How about the one where there's a sedan that's going to crash into a cement mixer, then they're both going to get hit by a truck carrying toxic waste? (More or less. It's been a while) - the punchline on that one sums up my entire childhood.

Yep that's the one :D Total overkill of any play situation. Ty!
 
2010-02-02 12:17:17 AM
jedzz
New Age Redneck: Bill is a true gentleman. This is my favorite Calvin and Hobbes.


Miss it but glad he didn't sell it out.

I can one-up you. Do you believe in ghosts?


Thanks for that.
 
2010-02-02 12:21:28 AM
Hoohill: dragonchild:

I could not possibly agree with you more. "Peanuts" sucked. It always sucked, even the early ones. Charles Schultz was a HACK, writing the same bloody strips over and over and over.
"Oh look charlie brown missed the football again! LOL." Fark Charles Schultz.

And to everyone who says Watterson loved Schutlz: SO THE FARK WHAT?!?!? Because I like Calvin and Hobbes and it's creator happened to like some shiate... I should like said shiate too?
You know what I'd say to zombie Monet if he claimed to like Thomas Kinkade? "Hey Monet, your paintings are great and your talent is beyond reproach, but I think your opinion sucks because Thomas Kinkade is a hack"


Actually, Monet would compliment Kinkade on his use of color and light, but then rip him a new one for being so completely conventional in all other aspects.

/I know, not the point
//thinks Kinkade's stuff is pretty, but shmaltzy
 
2010-02-02 12:37:34 AM
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2010-02-02 12:48:20 AM
The older I get, the more I like this one...

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2010-02-02 01:02:39 AM
Ed Grubermann: Catsmeow: You don't even have to post the whole strip. Most of you will be able to visualize the entire cartoon just from one line...

"Your mom had to CHASE you?!?"

"Is this a trick question?"

"Barney's dad was really bad, so Barney hatched a plan..."

"You misspelled 'Weltanschauung."

"What's the point of wearing your favorite rocketship underpants if nobody ever asks to see 'em?"

"I'm saving all my ear wax to make a candle."

"I'm gonna pound you at recess, Twinky."

"You're trading the earth for 50 alien tree leaves?!"

"...hot tiger tummy..."

Oh, and the car rolling backwards out of the driveway and across the road....

"... and whiskers. Long whiskers!"


"BUGS ARE DYING BY THE TRUCKLOAD, GOOD RIDDANCE TO 'EM ALL"

/i like fall
 
2010-02-02 01:24:42 AM
What are your thoughts about the legacy of your strip?

Well, it's not a subject that keeps me up at night. Readers will always decide if the work is meaningful and relevant to them, and I can live with whatever conclusion they come to. Again, my part in all this largely ended as the ink dried.


The most humble man ever?
I think so.
 
2010-02-02 02:11:42 AM
I'm buying my daughter a stuffed tiger this week...
 
2010-02-02 02:28:26 AM
Calvin and Hobbes was a huge inspiration to me as a kid and is a big part of why I spent so much time drawing superhero comics. I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for it.

/If I ever have a kid, they're getting a stuffed tiger early on and when the time is right, the books.
 
2010-02-02 02:55:23 AM
I'm glad he stopped when he did. There's nothing quite as pathetic as watching the death throes of a set of characters that were once funny, and have simply been overexposed and overwritten to the point of being simply uninteresting.

I'm looking at you, The Simpsons.
 
2010-02-02 04:33:32 AM
Filth! Contamination! Pestilence! Ha ha ha!
 
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