History ComicStrip / CalvinandHobbes

17th Aug '16 6:36:45 AM LadyYuki
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** This trope also kicks off the "snow goons" story arc, when Calvin makes a snowman and commands it to come to life.
14th Aug '16 3:31:56 PM SirSapphire
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A documentary on the comic, called ''[[http://tinyurl.com/m4qnlzu Dear Mr. Watterson]]'', was released on Nov 13, 2013. It features interviews with cartoonists such as [[ComicStrip/FoxTrot Bill Amend]] and [[ComicStrip/BloomCounty Berkeley Breathed]], and explores the impact of ''Calvin and Hobbes''. The normally reclusive Watterson does a lengthy interview in the 2015 book ''Exploring Calvin and Hobbes''. He also did an audio interview for the comic strip documentary [[http://www.strippedfilm.com/ Stripped.]]

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A documentary on the comic, called ''[[http://tinyurl.com/m4qnlzu Dear Mr. Watterson]]'', was released on Nov 13, 2013. It features interviews with cartoonists such as [[ComicStrip/FoxTrot Bill Amend]] Amend]], [[ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine Stephan Pastis]], and [[ComicStrip/BloomCounty Berkeley Breathed]], and Breathed]]. It explores the impact of ''Calvin and Hobbes''. The normally reclusive Watterson does a lengthy interview in the 2015 book ''Exploring Calvin and Hobbes''. He also did an audio interview for the comic strip documentary [[http://www.strippedfilm.com/ Stripped.]]
13th Aug '16 4:28:49 PM ShaSam
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** Reversed. According to Calvin, simple machines include the lever, the pulley, and the internal combustion engine.



** Reversed. According to Calvin, simple machines include the lever, the pulley, and the internal combustion engine.
13th Aug '16 4:26:38 PM ShaSam
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** Reversed. According to Calvin, simple machines include the lever, the pulley, and the internal combustion engine.
9th Aug '16 6:11:09 AM Spinosegnosaurus77
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As if Calvin's life wasn't exciting enough, he also often [[MrImagination imagines]] himself to be someone more glamorous, like [[SpaceOpera sci-fi adventurer]] Spaceman Spiff, [[FilmNoir world-weary]] [[PrivateDetective private eye]] Tracer Bullet, SuperHero Stupendous Man, or a [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs Tyrannosaurus Rex]]. Calvin's non-dinosaur-and-alien-related moments are often much more philosophical than a six-year-old generally appears, and Watterson directly acknowledges this in several anthologies and interviews. To Watterson, Calvin is a tool to subtly mock the modern age in its myriad forms -- Calvin creates snowmen that resemble pretentious postmodern art sculptures, rails against the modern world's hyper-commercialized state while indulging in it like the worst six-year-old, and occasionally questions the justification for humanity's continuing existence while gazing at a piece of trash carelessly discarded in the woods. At the same time, Calvin perfectly portrays the realistic child genius- one moment [[WiseBeyondTheirYears casually articulating concepts he won't cover in vocabulary tests until high school]], the next [[BrattyHalfPint throwing a temper tantrum because they're out of his favorite cereal]].

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As if Calvin's life wasn't exciting enough, he also often [[MrImagination imagines]] himself to be someone more glamorous, like [[SpaceOpera sci-fi adventurer]] Spaceman Spiff, [[FilmNoir world-weary]] [[PrivateDetective private eye]] Tracer Bullet, SuperHero Stupendous Man, or a [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs Tyrannosaurus Rex]].''TyrannosaurusRex''. Calvin's non-dinosaur-and-alien-related moments are often much more philosophical than a six-year-old generally appears, and Watterson directly acknowledges this in several anthologies and interviews. To Watterson, Calvin is a tool to subtly mock the modern age in its myriad forms -- Calvin creates snowmen that resemble pretentious postmodern art sculptures, rails against the modern world's hyper-commercialized state while indulging in it like the worst six-year-old, and occasionally questions the justification for humanity's continuing existence while gazing at a piece of trash carelessly discarded in the woods. At the same time, Calvin perfectly portrays the realistic child genius- one moment [[WiseBeyondTheirYears casually articulating concepts he won't cover in vocabulary tests until high school]], the next [[BrattyHalfPint throwing a temper tantrum because they're out of his favorite cereal]].
8th Aug '16 11:13:11 PM FactoidCow
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* MistakenFromBehind: In one strip, Calvin is following his mom around the zoo. When he tugs on her skirt to ask her a question, she turns around...and it's not his mom. In fact, the woman isn't even wearing the same blouse as his mom, only the same skirt.
-->'''Strange woman:''' Are you lost? What does your mom look like?\\
'''Calvin:''' From the knees down, she looks just like you.
6th Aug '16 2:09:51 PM morenohijazo
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* ScavengersAreScum: Calvin once made a report that defended the carnivore-vs.-scavenger aspect of TyrannosaurusRex while super-intelligent. While he intended at first to go into scientific detail ("to argue that tyrannosaurs were predators and not scavengers, we'll need to write a brief overview of carnosaur evolution. Then we'll delve into skeletal structure, skull design, arm strength, potential running speed, and environmental factors") to defend his theory, his brain shrank and his bedtime came up, and he ended up going with RuleOfCool as his sole argument.
5th Aug '16 10:58:20 PM MrMediaGuy2
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* ShoutOut: In the tenth anniversary book, Watterson notes that Miss Wormwood is named after the apprentice devil in ''Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters''. He also comments on naming his leads after theologian John Calvin and philosopher Thomas Hobbes.
** In an early Sunday strip when Calvin and his parents went to an art museum, in one panel, his parents are admiring a ''ComicStrip/KrazyKat'' landscape.
** Hobbes once does Calvin's hair for school picture day. Calvin keeps asking him how it looks and Hobbes finally tells him that he looks like ''Manga/AstroBoy''. Upon hearing that, Calvin exclaims that he can't wait to get his picture taken.
** One Spaceman Spiff strip has him finding a planet with a city and civilization that are the size of ants, likely an ode to the ''Series/TwilightZone'' episode [[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS3E93TheLittlePeople "The Little People".]]
** In an arc in which Calvin gets turned into an owl with his transmogrifier gun, when he realizes that owls don't have to go to school, he starts singing the "Zip-a-dee-doo-dah" song from ''Disney/SongOfTheSouth''.
** Another Disney tribute: "[[{{Disney/Pinocchio}} When you wish upon a star, your dreams come true]]... I WISH I HAD A COOL MILLION DOLLARS, RIGHT NOW!... If Jiminy Cricket was here, I'd skoosh him."
** One comic had Calvin wearing a cape and shouting "[[Franchise/{{Superman}} Up, up, and away!]]" in an attempt to fly. After he crashes he shouts "Ack! Kryptonite!"
** There was also a Sunday strip where Stupendous Man [[Film/SupermanTheMovie reversed time by spinning the earth backwards]].
** When Calvin and Hobbes imagine superheroes going after mundane supervillains, they imagine one attending council meetings and sending letters to the editor. Hobbes then exclaims "[[Franchise/{{Batman}} Quick! To the Bat-Fax!]]"
** In one strip Calvin claimed he was attacked by space aliens that looked like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sontaran "baked potatoes with ray guns."]]
** After one of Calvin's antics, Rosalyn tells him [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bedtime_for_Bonzo ''BEDTIME FOR BONZO!"]]
** When asked by Miss Wormwood the location of the Byzantine empire, Calvin replies "[[Series/{{Jeopardy}} I'll take Outer Planets for $100.]]"
** Watterson is apparently a big fan of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nude_Descending_a_Staircase,_No._2 "Nude Descending a Staircase"]], since Calvin tries to replicate it twice in two different mediums (snow sculpture and [[NakedPeopleAreFunny live-action]].)
** On one occasion, Calvin calls Rosalyn [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creature_from_the_Black_Lagoon "The Babysitter from the Black Lagoon."]]
** [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny]] have been featured among the TV shows Calvin watches, judging by the dialogue coming from the TV.
** Calvin describes his onion costume as [[Franchise/StarWars Jabba the Hutt]] meets WesternAnimation/RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer.
** Calvin's dad spends one strip criticizing a MerchandiseDriven cartoon; in the final panel, Calvin rolls his eyes and says: "Meet my dad, the Creator/GeneSiskel of Saturday morning cartoons."

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* ShoutOut: In the tenth anniversary book, Watterson notes that Miss Wormwood is named after the apprentice devil in ''Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters''. He also comments on naming his leads after theologian John Calvin and philosopher Thomas Hobbes.
** In an early Sunday strip when Calvin and his parents went to an art museum, in one panel, his parents are admiring a ''ComicStrip/KrazyKat'' landscape.
** Hobbes once does Calvin's hair for school picture day. Calvin keeps asking him how it looks and Hobbes finally tells him that he looks like ''Manga/AstroBoy''. Upon hearing that, Calvin exclaims that he can't wait to get his picture taken.
** One Spaceman Spiff strip has him finding a planet with a city and civilization that are the size of ants, likely an ode to the ''Series/TwilightZone'' episode [[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS3E93TheLittlePeople "The Little People".]]
** In an arc in which Calvin gets turned into an owl with his transmogrifier gun, when he realizes that owls don't have to go to school, he starts singing the "Zip-a-dee-doo-dah" song from ''Disney/SongOfTheSouth''.
** Another Disney tribute: "[[{{Disney/Pinocchio}} When you wish upon a star, your dreams come true]]... I WISH I HAD A COOL MILLION DOLLARS, RIGHT NOW!... If Jiminy Cricket was here, I'd skoosh him."
** One comic had Calvin wearing a cape and shouting "[[Franchise/{{Superman}} Up, up, and away!]]" in an attempt to fly. After he crashes he shouts "Ack! Kryptonite!"
** There was also a Sunday strip where Stupendous Man [[Film/SupermanTheMovie reversed time by spinning the earth backwards]].
** When Calvin and Hobbes imagine superheroes going after mundane supervillains, they imagine one attending council meetings and sending letters to the editor. Hobbes then exclaims "[[Franchise/{{Batman}} Quick! To the Bat-Fax!]]"
** In one strip Calvin claimed he was attacked by space aliens that looked like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sontaran "baked potatoes with ray guns."]]
** After one of Calvin's antics, Rosalyn tells him [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bedtime_for_Bonzo ''BEDTIME FOR BONZO!"]]
** When asked by Miss Wormwood the location of the Byzantine empire, Calvin replies "[[Series/{{Jeopardy}} I'll take Outer Planets for $100.]]"
** Watterson is apparently a big fan of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nude_Descending_a_Staircase,_No._2 "Nude Descending a Staircase"]], since Calvin tries to replicate it twice in two different mediums (snow sculpture and [[NakedPeopleAreFunny live-action]].)
** On one occasion, Calvin calls Rosalyn [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creature_from_the_Black_Lagoon "The Babysitter from the Black Lagoon."]]
** [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny]] have been featured among the TV shows Calvin watches, judging by the dialogue coming from the TV.
** Calvin describes his onion costume as [[Franchise/StarWars Jabba the Hutt]] meets WesternAnimation/RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer.
** Calvin's dad spends one strip criticizing a MerchandiseDriven cartoon; in the final panel, Calvin rolls his eyes and says: "Meet my dad, the Creator/GeneSiskel of Saturday morning cartoons."
[[ShoutOut/CalvinAndHobbes Has its own page]].
1st Aug '16 5:44:04 PM Fireblood
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** Similarly, after he saw a cloud take the form of his own head giving him a raspberry, he decided that it was an omen. Of "very peculiar high altitude winds, I guess... You know, some sort of cumulonimbal thing." Quoth Hobbes: "Science kinds takes the fun out of the portent business."

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** Similarly, after he saw a cloud take the form of his own head giving him a raspberry, he decided that it was an omen. Of "very peculiar high altitude winds, I guess... You know, some sort of cumulonimbal thing." Quoth Hobbes: "Science kinds kinda takes the fun out of the portent business."



** Most of the time he just does this to screw with Calvin's head. Watterson has never been a father, but he imagines fatherhood would be filled with this temptation.

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** Most of the time he just does this to screw with Calvin's head. Watterson has never been a father, parent, but he imagines fatherhood parenthood would be filled with this temptation.
31st Jul '16 9:03:37 PM Fireblood
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-->'''Calvin''': I didn't make any. See, in order to improve oneself, one must have some idea of what's "good." That implies certain values. But as we all, values are relative. Every system of belief is equally valid, and we need to tolerate diversity. Virtue isn't "better" than vice. It's just different.

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-->'''Calvin''': I didn't make any. See, in order to improve oneself, one must have some idea of what's "good." That implies certain values. But as we all, all know, values are relative. Every system of belief is equally valid, and we need to tolerate diversity. Virtue isn't "better" than vice. It's just different.
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