History ComicStrip / CalvinAndHobbes

21st Feb '17 5:23:40 AM MoPete
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Watterson consistently refused to license his characters for products or media other than the various compilations of the strip and even had a brutal fight with his syndicate over it. Though he won, this led to a booming market in unofficial merchandise, one of the more ubiquitous being window stickers of Calvin urinating on the logos of various American car manufacturers. At one point in time he considered an [[AnimatedAdaptation animated TV series]] featuring the characters, expressing a fondness for the medium, though this never came to fruition. [[note]]One of the main reasons being that by giving the characters voices, Watterson felt he would be robbing long-time readers of what the characters sounded like to them. Moreover, Watterson felt that by animating the series, he would have to sacrifice the satisfaction of the cartoon being created solely by him.[[/note]]

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Watterson consistently refused to license his characters for products or media other than the various compilations of the strip and even had a brutal fight with his syndicate over it. Though he won, this led to a booming market in unofficial merchandise, one of the more ubiquitous being window stickers of Calvin urinating on the logos of various American car manufacturers. At one point in time he considered an [[AnimatedAdaptation animated TV series]] featuring the characters, expressing a fondness for the medium, though this never came to fruition. [[note]]One of the main reasons being that by giving the characters voices, Watterson felt he would be robbing long-time readers of what the characters sounded like to them. Moreover, Watterson felt that by animating the series, he would have to sacrifice the satisfaction of the cartoon being created solely by him. This was part of the reason for his obstinate refusal to license; to him, approving someone else's work is not the same as doing it yourself.[[/note]]
19th Feb '17 8:38:29 AM Generality
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*** Though, the above comment was made during UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks, so it shouldn't be taken as *too* contradictory.

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*** Though, the above comment was made during UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks, so it shouldn't be taken as *too* contradictory. Watterson is explicitly defending ''newspaper'' comics, which weren't necessarily less stupid at the time, but, at least in his view, had far more potential to convey deep meaning than the comics that seemed to be in a competition to cram the highest possible death toll into twenty pages.
17th Feb '17 5:55:02 PM bt8257
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[[caption-width-right:300:Admit it. Your childhood was like this at some point.]]

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[[caption-width-right:300:Admit it. Your it, your childhood was like this at some point.]]
17th Feb '17 10:59:33 AM Generality
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* SeesawCatapult: The tropes page image is from a comic in which Hobbes turns Calvin's improvised skateboard ramp into a catapult with expert timing. In another strip, Calvin tries to use this mechanism to launch a giant snowball. The predictable result is that he gets a facefull of snow himself. The result is the current page image for IMeantToDoThat.

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* SeesawCatapult: SeesawCatapult:
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The tropes trope's page image is from a comic in which Hobbes turns Calvin's improvised skateboard ramp into a catapult with expert timing. timing.
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In another strip, Calvin tries to use this mechanism to launch a giant snowball. The predictable result is that he gets a facefull of snow himself. The result is the current page image for IMeantToDoThat.IMeantToDoThat.
** In yet another strip, Calvin tries to use the same configuration to make a springboard so that he can jump into a pile of leaves. Predicably, the rock that he uses as a counterweight flies up and hits him in the head.
17th Feb '17 8:33:02 AM Gravidef
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** Calvin once claimed to have a stick dynamite (really a hot dog with some string attached) and threatened to blow the house up if he didn't get cookies. His mom saw through the ruse, scolded him for wasting food without even acknowledging what he said, and threw him outside.

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** Calvin once claimed to have a stick of dynamite (really a hot dog with some string attached) and threatened to blow the house up if he didn't get cookies. His mom saw through the ruse, scolded him for wasting food without even acknowledging what he said, and threw him outside.
17th Feb '17 8:31:04 AM Gravidef
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* NoSell: While Calvin's parents--and especially his mom--will occasionally indulge in his fantasies and games, there are also times when they simply refuse to put up with his bad attitude and ignore him.
** In one strip, Calvin covers himself with a cardboard box and pretends to be a robot probe from Jupiter in an attempt to steal some chocolate from the pantry. Calvin's mom doesn't even look up from her coffee and tells him no, then remarks "Go back to Jupiter, X-3 whatever" when he threatens her with a dart gun.
** Calvin once claimed to have a stick dynamite (really a hot dog with some string attached) and threatened to blow the house up if he didn't get cookies. His mom saw through the ruse, scolded him for wasting food without even acknowledging what he said, and threw him outside.



** In another incident, Calvin tells his dad that it's possible to buy live squid at the supermarket. His dad half-registers this...then realizes what's going on and screams "CALVIN, WHAT ARE YOU DOING?"



* NotSoDifferent: Calvin has gotten this with both Ms. Wormwood (with whom he's been shown to share very similar feelings of frustration and weariness, though for ''very'' different reasons) and Rosalyn (who can relate to him and some of his interests surprisingly well, as in some ways she's still a "kid" herself.)

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* NotSoDifferent: Calvin has gotten this with both Ms. Wormwood (with whom he's been shown to share very similar feelings of frustration and weariness, though for ''very'' different reasons) and Rosalyn (who can relate to him and some of his interests surprisingly well, as in some ways she's still a "kid" herself.)herself).
** One strip even had him do this with his mom--she remarks that he hopes that someday, ''he'' has a bratty kid to put him through hell, and Calvin snaps back that his maternal grandmother wished the same thing for her.
15th Feb '17 10:35:15 PM Chabal2
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* NotAnAct: One arc begins with Calvin willingly leaving for school and acting disturbingly nice to his mother. She's left in complete confusion, while the reader learns that Calvin has used his cardboard box to make a pure good(y-two-shoes) clone of himself.
5th Feb '17 2:11:32 PM Mdumas43073
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** In one strip, Calvin and Hobbes determine from an atlas that they live in a big, purple country and their house is right next to the letter "E" in the word "States."[[note]]Depending on how you orient the words on the map, this would put them either in the loose vicinity of Arkansas or West Virginia.[[/note]]

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** In one strip, Calvin and Hobbes determine from an atlas that they live in a big, purple country and their house is right next to the giant letter "E" in the word "States."[[note]]Depending on how you orient the words on the map, this would put them either in the loose vicinity of Arkansas or West Virginia.[[/note]]



-->'''Calvin's Mom:''' Any luck?
-->'''Calvin's Dad:''' Of course not! How am I going to find a stuffed tiger in the woods at night? Why can't Calvin keep track of his toys? I must be crazy to be out here...
-->'''Calvin's Mom:''' ''(calling out loud)'' [[SayMyName HO-O-O-BBES!]]
-->''(realizing what she just did, with an extremely embarrassed look on her face)''
-->'''Calvin's Mom:''' Oops. Heh heh.
-->'''Calvin's Dad:''' I may be crazy, but I'm not as crazy as you.

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-->'''Calvin's --->'''Calvin's Mom:''' Any luck?
-->'''Calvin's --->'''Calvin's Dad:''' Of course not! How am I going to find a stuffed tiger in the woods at night? Why can't Calvin keep track of his toys? I must be crazy to be out here...
-->'''Calvin's --->'''Calvin's Mom:''' ''(calling out loud)'' [[SayMyName HO-O-O-BBES!]]
-->''(realizing --->''(realizing what she just did, with an extremely embarrassed look on her face)''
-->'''Calvin's --->'''Calvin's Mom:''' Oops. Heh heh.
-->'''Calvin's --->'''Calvin's Dad:''' I may be crazy, but I'm not as crazy as you.
5th Feb '17 2:09:40 PM Mdumas43073
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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: We're never told precisely where Calvin and co. reside, but it's presumably an outer suburb (with access to woods, fields, and other more rural areas) near some Midwestern U.S. city. In one strip, Calvin and Hobbes determine from an atlas that they live in a big, purple country and their house is right next to the letter "E" in the word "States."[[note]]Depending on how you orient the words on the map, this would put them either in the loose vicinity of Arkansas or West Virginia.[[/note]] And an hour and a half's drive away from the coast.

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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: We're never told precisely where Calvin and co. reside, but it's presumably an outer suburb (with access to woods, fields, and other more rural areas) near some Midwestern U.S. city. And an hour and a half's drive away from the coast.
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In one strip, Calvin and Hobbes determine from an atlas that they live in a big, purple country and their house is right next to the letter "E" in the word "States."[[note]]Depending on how you orient the words on the map, this would put them either in the loose vicinity of Arkansas or West Virginia.[[/note]] And an hour and a half's drive away from the coast.[[/note]]
5th Feb '17 2:08:01 PM Mdumas43073
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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: We're never told precisely where Calvin and co. reside, but it's presumably an outer suburb (with access to woods, fields, and other more rural areas) near some Midwestern city. They live in a purple country and their house is right next to the letter "E" in "States."[[note]]Depending on how you orient the words on the map, this would put them either in the loose vicinity of Arkansas or West Virginia.[[/note]] And an hour and a half's drive away from the coast.

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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: We're never told precisely where Calvin and co. reside, but it's presumably an outer suburb (with access to woods, fields, and other more rural areas) near some Midwestern U.S. city. They In one strip, Calvin and Hobbes determine from an atlas that they live in a big, purple country and their house is right next to the letter "E" in the word "States."[[note]]Depending on how you orient the words on the map, this would put them either in the loose vicinity of Arkansas or West Virginia.[[/note]] And an hour and a half's drive away from the coast.
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