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2020-07-05 7:41:35 PM  
My favorite strip, after submitter's mom.
 
2020-07-05 7:44:57 PM  
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2020-07-05 7:51:32 PM  
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happy happy you magnificent brilliant bastard,
 
2020-07-05 7:59:17 PM  
he is only ten years older than me? fark my life. i was reading this when i was 10.
 
2020-07-05 8:03:40 PM  
As time keeps passing inexorably forward, my belief that he has been working on a webcomic of Calvin and Hobbes that will drop hundreds of panels in one big dump keeps diminishing.

But, I cling to hope

/that being said, Lets go Exploring was the perfect ending
 
2020-07-05 8:04:31 PM  
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2020-07-05 8:20:28 PM  
We graduated in the same high school class. He illustrated our yearbook, and you can see some proto-Calvin artwork there. You can find it online if you search for Chagrin Falls High School class of 76. No, we weren't pals.
 
2020-07-05 8:29:45 PM  
The world is a better place because of Bill Watterson.  GOAT.
 
2020-07-05 8:35:12 PM  
Just remember that its easy to spot fake Calvin and Hobbes swag... except for the books, there isn't any. Kudos to holding to principles.
 
2020-07-05 8:36:28 PM  
I'd say Bloom County would be #1, but only because it's far more cynical and I like that sort of thing.
 
2020-07-05 8:53:54 PM  

revrendjim: We graduated in the same high school class. He illustrated our yearbook, and you can see some proto-Calvin artwork there. You can find it online if you search for Chagrin Falls High School class of 76. No, we weren't pals.


Still, that's pretty cool!
 
2020-07-05 9:05:12 PM  

gopher321: I'd say Bloom County would be #1, but only because it's far more cynical and I like that sort of thing.


Subby here.

One of the concepts I judge great art by isn't just how well it holds up in the moment, but how well it holds up in the future. The beauty of Calvin and Hobbes is how timely so much of his still is. Bloom County is still excellent, but Calvin and Hobbes, with just a few exceptions, still feels relevant today.

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2020-07-05 10:24:34 PM  
Very sad day knowing Calvin was done.  You are an American treasure, Mr. Watterson.

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2020-07-05 10:36:44 PM  

Demetrius: Very sad day knowing Calvin was done.


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/oblig
 
2020-07-05 11:11:02 PM  
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2020-07-05 11:45:52 PM  
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My favourite. I had this on my fridge for years.
 
2020-07-05 11:51:05 PM  
Way up on my favs list...

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2020-07-06 12:09:04 AM  
I hope Breathed took him for a birthday ride on his power boat
 
2020-07-06 12:17:35 AM  
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2020-07-06 12:18:36 AM  
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2020-07-06 12:28:26 AM  

Gubbo: As time keeps passing inexorably forward, my belief that he has been working on a webcomic of Calvin and Hobbes that will drop hundreds of panels in one big dump keeps diminishing.

But, I cling to hope

/that being said, Lets go Exploring was the perfect ending


I understand he's been working on a little side project titled "Oglaf"
 
2020-07-06 12:29:21 AM  

Straight Outta Wells Branch: gopher321: I'd say Bloom County would be #1, but only because it's far more cynical and I like that sort of thing.

Subby here.

One of the concepts I judge great art by isn't just how well it holds up in the moment, but how well it holds up in the future. The beauty of Calvin and Hobbes is how timely so much of his still is. Bloom County is still excellent, but Calvin and Hobbes, with just a few exceptions, still feels relevant today.

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The Bloom County storyline where Trump had his brain transplanted into Bill the Cat seems really relevant now.
 
2020-07-06 12:32:14 AM  

Mad_Radhu: The Bloom County storyline where Trump had his brain transplanted into Bill the Cat seems really relevant now.


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2020-07-06 12:43:01 AM  
Cool, was just snuggling with my seven year old tonight at bed time and he was reading one his Calvin and Hobbes books, asking about the author, etc. Wasn't sure if Watterson was still alive or what so we looked it up, didn't notice it was his birthday tomorrow!
 
2020-07-06 12:43:24 AM  

Dr.Fey: Demetrius: Very sad day knowing Calvin was done.

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/oblig


There was always going to be a day in his life when he stopped seeing Hobbes.

I know that. I also know he married Susie and they have a girl who finds Hobbes in the attic.

What I don't know is if that will mean he sees Hobbes again.

/it's real to me dammit
 
2020-07-06 12:43:57 AM  

Ivo Shandor: Mad_Radhu: The Bloom County storyline where Trump had his brain transplanted into Bill the Cat seems really relevant now.

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I admit that's really true.
 
2020-07-06 12:59:43 AM  
Can't believe he's only 62! Happy birthday, Bill!

One of these days, I'm going to buy the complete Calvin and Hobbes collection. I doubt I'd ever read the whole thing, but having it available when I do have time to sift through it would be great. Maybe after the pandemic and my job goes back to normal.
 
2020-07-06 1:04:29 AM  
Winsor McCay died in 1934.
 
2020-07-06 1:08:52 AM  

Group W Bench: Winsor McCay died in 1934.


That videogame was hard.
 
2020-07-06 1:22:11 AM  

Gubbo: As time keeps passing inexorably forward, my belief that he has been working on a webcomic of Calvin and Hobbes that will drop hundreds of panels in one big dump keeps diminishing.

But, I cling to hope

/that being said, Lets go Exploring was the perfect ending


That has already been done. Scroll down for download options.
https://archive.org/details/TheComple​t​eCalvinHobbes_201902/mode/2up
 
2020-07-06 1:27:04 AM  

Straight Outta Wells Branch: gopher321: I'd say Bloom County would be #1, but only because it's far more cynical and I like that sort of thing.

Subby here.

One of the concepts I judge great art by isn't just how well it holds up in the moment, but how well it holds up in the future. The beauty of Calvin and Hobbes is how timely so much of his still is. Bloom County is still excellent, but Calvin and Hobbes, with just a few exceptions, still feels relevant today.

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Hey subs? Thanks for reminding us again how bad 2020 sucks donkey balls.

/I keed, I keed
 
2020-07-06 1:39:54 AM  
Mighty bold of us to wish for a creator of beloved media to return to the public eye and start saying things, in 2020 of all years. If there is to be anything more from Bill Watterson, barring an occasional stealth guest comic, I hope it's up to his established standard. But I'll be perfectly happy if he just leaves me alone to love his existing work in peace.

TFA cites this:
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...as one of their favorites. I remember reading from Watterson himself, in a collection, about how this comic in particular made him lose his goddamn mind over the formatting restrictions that newspapers imposed on him. He felt the big panels at the beginning (two of which might be lopped off at the paper's discretion) and tiny panels at the end hobbled his ability to tell the story he wanted. This wasn't the final straw which made him wage war on newspapers for the right to format his strip however he wanted, like this other example:
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...but it was definitely a contributing factor.

I am reminded of another comic, I think it's a recent webcomic but I forget which one, where the author depicts a fan wandering up to her with something she produced quickly and hates, and the fan says, "This one is my favorite!"

It's probably for the best when the creator can do the gracious thing and not get too much in the way of fan enjoyment, even if sometimes that leaves us wanting more.
 
2020-07-06 1:44:00 AM  

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2020-07-06 2:24:05 AM  
From "So long, Pop! I'm off to check my tiger trap!" to "Let's go exploring!" ― thanks for one glorious decade plus ~1⅓ months of sheer awesome.

Happy Birthday, Bill!

OblivionToad: Just remember that its easy to spot fake Calvin and Hobbes swag... except for the books, there isn't any. Kudos to holding to principles.

There are others, In addition to the books, Bill has authorized calendars, T-shirts, and mugs, so long as they reproduce whole strips and not either single-character sketches, single panels, etc. His principles were that Calvin & Hobbes was a comic strip and only a comic strip, and merchandise that maintained that form was fine so long as he authorized it. He would not authorize anything else, including any form of animation (so shame on you, elvisaintdead).

The man could still earn millions any time he wants just by dialing a number and saying, "I've changed my mind. Go for it." But he won't. Principles.

Mad_Radhu: Straight Outta Wells Branch: gopher321: I'd say Bloom County would be #1, but only because it's far more cynical and I like that sort of thing.

Subby here.

One of the concepts I judge great art by isn't just how well it holds up in the moment, but how well it holds up in the future. The beauty of Calvin and Hobbes is how timely so much of his still is. Bloom County is still excellent, but Calvin and Hobbes, with just a few exceptions, still feels relevant today.

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The Bloom County storyline where Trump had his brain transplanted into Bill the Cat seems really relevant now.

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I admit that's really true.

Those strips may well have helped Trump eventually become President, by keeping him in the public consciousness.

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DoBeDoBeLurk: Mighty bold of us to wish for a creator of beloved media to return to the public eye and start saying things, in 2020 of all years. If there is to be anything more from Bill Watterson, barring an occasional stealth guest comic, I hope it's up to his established standard. But I'll be perfectly happy if he just leaves me alone to love his existing work in peace.

TFA cites this:
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...as one of their favorites. I remember reading from Watterson himself, in a collection, about how this comic in particular made him lose his goddamn mind over the formatting restrictions that newspapers imposed on him. He felt the big panels at the beginning (two of which might be lopped off at the paper's discretion) and tiny panels at the end hobbled his ability to tell the story he wanted. This wasn't the final straw which made him wage war on newspapers for the right to format his strip however he wanted, like this other example:
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...but it was definitely a contributing factor.

I am reminded of another comic, I think it's a recent webcomic but I forget which one, where the author depicts a fan wandering up to her with something she produced quickly and hates, and the fan says, "This one is my favorite!"

It's probably for the best when the creator can do the gracious thing and not get too much in the way of fan enjoyment, even if sometimes that leaves us wanting more.

I take it you know about his "guest strips" in the strip johnny_vegas posted a sample of?

Gubbo: Dr.Fey: Demetrius: Very sad day knowing Calvin was done.

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/oblig

There was always going to be a day in his life when he stopped seeing Hobbes.

I know that. I also know he married Susie and they have a girl who finds Hobbes in the attic.

What I don't know is if that will mean he sees Hobbes again.

/it's real to me dammit

This post smells like bacon.

minnkat: Gubbo: As time keeps passing inexorably forward, my belief that he has been working on a webcomic of Calvin and Hobbes that will drop hundreds of panels in one big dump keeps diminishing.

But, I cling to hope

/that being said, Lets go Exploring was the perfect ending

That has already been done. Scroll down for download options.
https://archive.org/details/TheComplet​eCalvinHobbes_201902/mode/2up

Nice link, but I don't think that that was what Gubbo was asking for (and I'm surprised if Bill authorized that web archive ― did he or his syndicate put it in there as Creative Commons?). Gubbo seemed to be fantasizing that Bill had been secretly working on a webcomic of new C&H strips all this time, would drop them on us in one big drop.

No, sorry, Bill was quite clear that he'd said all he intended to say with those characters. He's not one to keep tapping the dregs of the well. The strip went out near if not at the top of its game, as it should.
 
2020-07-06 2:42:18 AM  
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2020-07-06 2:55:44 AM  

revrendjim: We graduated in the same high school class. He illustrated our yearbook, and you can see some proto-Calvin artwork there. You can find it online if you search for Chagrin Falls High School class of 76. No, we weren't pals.


In college his contribution to the comic strip universe in the school newspaper, The Collegian, was a chronicle of the adventures of two freshmen (I guess they were freshmen) named "Mewkis and Fester."
Apologies if that's not how "Mewkis" was spelled.
 
2020-07-06 3:07:27 AM  

NINEv2: Straight Outta Wells Branch: gopher321: I'd say Bloom County would be #1, but only because it's far more cynical and I like that sort of thing.

Subby here.

One of the concepts I judge great art by isn't just how well it holds up in the moment, but how well it holds up in the future. The beauty of Calvin and Hobbes is how timely so much of his still is. Bloom County is still excellent, but Calvin and Hobbes, with just a few exceptions, still feels relevant today.

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Hey subs? Thanks for reminding us again how bad 2020 sucks donkey balls.

/I keed, I keed


It just got - worse?  120 days.  It's like starting your thesis the morning of your defense (the committee hasn't looked at it yet either)
 
2020-07-06 3:09:02 AM  

COMALite J: Those strips may well have helped Trump eventually become President, by keeping him in the public consciousness.


That's a massive stretch. Trump was in the public eye due to The Apprentice, and also for constantly being That Guy about Obama's birth certificate and eventually getting his nose hilariously rubbed in it. Oh, and for trading barbs with Rosie O'Donnell over the inherent sexism of beauty pageants.

There was a long and incredibly strange tangle of events that led to Trump becoming President, but being mocked in Bloom County wasn't part of it. He also didn't become President just because the Simpsons joked about it. Nor because Doonesbury joked about it either. It was just a common gag for awhile because, in a more innocent age, it sounded like a completely absurd and hilarious idea that could never ever ever actually happen.

Nobody could have guessed that the leadup was the only funny part, the punchline was horrendous, and the joke was on us.
 
2020-07-06 3:09:12 AM  
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2020-07-06 3:36:15 AM  
<Cute Story Bro>
Calvin and Hobbes is partly how I met my wife. We were both in college and C&H was a big deal then. At the time I liked to cover my notebooks with newspaper cartoons, mostly C&H and The Far Side. So, one day I work up the courage to ask out this cute green-eyed redhead in one of my classes. She says yes and we agree to go see a movie that Friday. Well, the time come and she shows up at my door with broom straws taped to her upper lip. I decided right then that, barring a hidden case of serious crazy, she was the girl for me. We've been together ever since.
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And yes, this was one of the strips taped to my notebook that semester.
 
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2020-07-06 3:47:04 AM  

Dr.Fey: Demetrius: Very sad day knowing Calvin was done.

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/oblig


That's the saddest thing I've ever seen.
 
2020-07-06 3:52:03 AM  

EdgeRunner: COMALite J: Those strips may well have helped Trump eventually become President, by keeping him in the public consciousness.

That's a massive stretch. Trump was in the public eye due to The Apprentice, and also for constantly being That Guy about Obama's birth certificate and eventually getting his nose hilariously rubbed in it. Oh, and for trading barbs with Rosie O'Donnell over the inherent sexism of beauty pageants.

There was a long and incredibly strange tangle of events that led to Trump becoming President, but being mocked in Bloom County wasn't part of it. He also didn't become President just because the Simpsons joked about it. Nor because Doonesbury joked about it either. It was just a common gag for awhile because, in a more innocent age, it sounded like a completely absurd and hilarious idea that could never ever ever actually happen.

Nobody could have guessed that the leadup was the only funny part, the punchline was horrendous, and the joke was on us.

Now put all of those events on a timeline. Which came first? Well, Gary Trudeau had also parodied him in Doonsbury, but yeah.

The Simpsons "Trump goes down an escalator" cartoon often claimed to be from 2000 was actually from a YouTube-only "Animation Domination" video in late 2015, after his announcement speech when he had done that for real. It was parodying it, not predicting it.
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Notice the cameo of "Anger" from Inside Out at 0:55. No way that could be in a 2000 episode. Lots of other timely things in there, too.

If you mean the dream of the future where Lisa becomes President and has to clean up after Trump, yes, that was from 2000, but he'd already teased a Presidential run as early as 1989 (for the 1990 election).

The Apprentice was also in the early 2000s. Birtherism of course didn't happen until mid-2008, and Trump's involvement not until later than that.

Bloom County ended on August 6, 1989, years to decades before any of the things you mentioned. Granted, the "Trump's Brain in Bill the Cat's Body" story arc was in the final year, so Trudeau's Doonesbury does predate that.

My speculation is that without Doonesbury and Bloom County helping to keep Trump in the public eye, he wouldn't've remained well known enough for most of the other stuff to've happened, including his movie cameos, The Simpsons appearances, The Apprentice, etc.
 
2020-07-06 3:52:30 AM  
At least Hollywood hasn't got a hold of him.

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2020-07-06 4:47:31 AM  
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2020-07-06 5:07:51 AM  
the creator of the greatest comic strip of all-time was a horrible human being.

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2020-07-06 6:27:35 AM  

wademh: Dr.Fey: Demetrius: Very sad day knowing Calvin was done.

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/oblig

That's the saddest thing I've ever seen.


It's also very fake.
 
2020-07-06 6:29:25 AM  
I've had The Complete C&H and The Far Side collections as coffee table books since they first came out, and it's amazing how well both have held up over 30 years after their debuts.
 
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