History Headscratchers / CalvinAndHobbes

22nd Aug '16 12:40:30 PM DrNovakaine
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** Given the subject matter of the strip, it's entirely plausible that Watterson had written something that he decided was TOO disgusting and toned it down. Maybe he got a little more specific about what "make it right" entailed and decided after the fact that it was too much.
22nd Aug '16 12:18:53 PM DrNovakaine
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*** This hits the closest to the mark, I think, with a bit of a caveat. Stupid is not necessarily BAD. Superhero comics (and let's be real, a lot of other ones as well, but superhero comics tend to be what comes to mind to mots Americans when they hear "comic books") are fairly stupid, but at the height of the Golden Age and Silver Age they were stupid yet fun (not without some...issues, but that's also a product of the times). The transition to dark and gritty didn't make superhero comics less stupid, it just made them less fun. Watterson likely grew up with the Silver Age comic books, which had some of the dumbest plots imaginable but lived off of the RuleOfFun, and likely cared very little for the graphic violence, dark characterization, and attempts to look "sophisticated" that he saw in the Dark Age comics. There was probably some nostalgia coloring in there, but for the most part it seems likely that it was a commentary on how comics had changed for the worse.
14th Aug '16 3:29:01 PM SirSapphire
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** ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine creator Stephen Pastis (a cartoonist who is fairly enthusiastic about his own merchandising) points out in the documentary ''Dear Mr. Watterson'' that making a comic strip (even one that uses fairly modern digital assistance) is a fairly labor intensive job, and every hour that he's overseeing the prototype of a Hobbes plush toy, or writing an animated version is time not being spent on the comic, and the comic is all he ever wanted to do in the first place, so why bother?

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** ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine creator Stephen Stephan Pastis (a cartoonist who is not only fairly enthusiastic about his own merchandising) merchandising, but also collaborated with Watterson himself in his own comic) points out in the documentary ''Dear Mr. Watterson'' that making a comic strip (even one that uses fairly modern digital assistance) is a fairly labor intensive job, and every hour that he's overseeing the prototype of a Hobbes plush toy, or writing working on an animated version is time not being spent on the comic, and the comic is all he ever wanted to do in the first place, so why bother?
14th Aug '16 12:35:08 PM SirSapphire
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** ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine creator Stephen Pastis (a cartoonist who is fairly enthusiastic about his own merchandising) points out in the documentary ''Dear Mr. Watterson'' that making a comic strip (even one that uses fairly modern digital assistance) is a fairly labor intensive job, and every hour that he's overseeing the prototype of a Hobbes plush toy, or writing an animated version is time not being spent on the comic, and the comic is all he ever wanted to do in the first place, so why bother?
6th Aug '16 10:50:20 AM seska1729
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*** [[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Archer?]]
30th Jun '16 9:26:10 AM seska1729
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*** This is incorrect, because we see Hobbes as a humanoid. If you look, there are no "imagination" scenes containing Hobbes. The one that did sort of, had a picture of stuffed tiger in a newspaper. So, as Hobbes is clearly depicted as bipedal for the strip, it occurs in REALITY.



**** Calvin isn't masochistic like his dad is. It's clearly shown that he thinks his dad is barking mad.



**** HE'S NOT MASOCHISTIC, AND Film/FightClub NEVER HAPPENED.



**** Two strips published on the same day, the republished one hit more newspapers.



** Or if you accept the Hobbes-is-real version of things, Calvin is smart enough to know that if he does something different at 8:30 than what he remembered himself doing when he came from 6:30, it will produce a time paradox and Bad Things will happen.

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** *** Or if you accept the Hobbes-is-real version of things, Calvin is smart enough to know that if he does something different at 8:30 than what he remembered himself doing when he came from 6:30, it will produce a time paradox and Bad Things will happen.happen.
*** Again, Hobbes is displayed bipedal, so it happened. Calvin knows that doing something different will change the past, so ForWantOfANail the future will suck.
21st May '16 4:41:16 PM TimBuckII
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** It's also entirely possible that the "Shady Acres" comic took place after the "forest" strips published after it. No one said ''any'' of the comics took place ''in order''.




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** The entire joke of that story arc is that Calvin spent ''six weeks'' OBSESSING over one stupid toy, only to become ''immediately'' disappointed with it upon receiving it.
16th May '16 8:16:56 AM MegaMarioMan
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** My point of view is that Calvin tied up himself, if you look at the strip the rope looks a bit of a mess, to me it is perfectly reasonable that a 6-year old could tie up himself like that just by going around himself, when you've got a long, long rope it basically ties uf by itself, he just made a big mess and it was enough to tie him up well.

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** My point of view is that Calvin tied up himself, if you look at the strip the rope looks a bit of a mess, to me it is perfectly reasonable that a 6-year old could tie up himself like that just by going around himself, when you've got a long, long rope it basically ties uf up by itself, he just made a big mess and it was enough to tie him up well.
13th May '16 1:42:24 PM Cush1
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* How is it that Calvin can imagine himself piloting his toy planes, but was completely unable to come up with anything to do with his motorized beanie? Even after the initial disappointment that it didn't actually fly wore off, he saw zero potential in it?
9th May '16 9:00:31 AM lorgskyegon
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** Probably because in the back of his mind, he knows he's just playing make believe and so he can't truly interact with him.
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