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Re: Calvin and Hobbes

Postby Maseiken » Wed Nov 28, 2007 9:11 am UTC

Allium Cepa wrote:I'd get one of Calvin playing Calvinball, holding the ball, and Hobbes behind him with a flag.

I have the complete collection, it may be the most glorious compilation ever.

There's a single panel of that.
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Re: Calvin and Hobbes

Postby PatrickRsGhost » Wed Nov 28, 2007 1:12 pm UTC

EvanED wrote:BTW, I would like to nominate Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat as best book title ever.


Agreed. I think anyone who has a cat that goes crazy from time to time has probably called it that, or words to that effect.

One of my favorite strips of all time is where Calvin talks about drinking cow's milk. I had a quote in my Yahoo! and MSN profiles for the longest time from that strip.

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Re: Calvin and Hobbes

Postby jynjin » Wed Nov 28, 2007 2:46 pm UTC

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:I started reading "There's Treasure Everywhere" tonight to my kids :) My 18 month old sat on the edge of the bed in rapt attention for 20 pages.

You must be so proud! (I know I am with my girls' fascination with the books. They love the dinosaur strips best.)

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Re: Calvin and Hobbes

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Wed Nov 28, 2007 4:44 pm UTC

jynjin wrote:
Mighty Jalapeno wrote:I started reading "There's Treasure Everywhere" tonight to my kids :) My 18 month old sat on the edge of the bed in rapt attention for 20 pages.

You must be so proud! (I know I am with my girls' fascination with the books. They love the dinosaur strips best.)

In regards to your girls.... *ahem*

Son: Dad, know what's funny?
Me: No, what?
Son: TYRANNOSAUS IN F-14s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *insane laughter*

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Re: Calvin and Hobbes

Postby Maseiken » Wed Nov 28, 2007 10:52 pm UTC

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:
jynjin wrote:
Mighty Jalapeno wrote:I started reading "There's Treasure Everywhere" tonight to my kids :) My 18 month old sat on the edge of the bed in rapt attention for 20 pages.

You must be so proud! (I know I am with my girls' fascination with the books. They love the dinosaur strips best.)

In regards to your girls.... *ahem*

Son: Dad, know what's funny?
Me: No, what?
Son: TYRANNOSAUS IN F-14s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *insane laughter*

BEST-STRIP-EVER.
Although Farmer John lighting his stove on a fault line that's coming apart, and at the focal point of a Train, Truck, and Plane crash comes close.
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Re: Calvin and Hobbes

Postby 22/7 » Wed Nov 28, 2007 11:02 pm UTC

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I would say that Note to self: Assassinate everyone in the Cary, NC phone book whose first or last name is "William" is saying he should die. Jokingly saying it, but saying it nonetheless.


You're right, I forgot about that post. But it was clearly made in jest and I don't think anyone actually wishes any harm upon him.
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Re: Calvin and Hobbes

Postby Bakemaster » Wed Nov 28, 2007 11:10 pm UTC

Oh? Eyebrow raise. brb...
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Re: Calvin and Hobbes

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Wed Nov 28, 2007 11:17 pm UTC

Maseiken wrote:Although Farmer John lighting his stove on a fault line that's coming apart, and at the focal point of a Train, Truck, and Plane crash comes close.

His eye twitches...

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Re: Calvin and Hobbes

Postby Oort » Thu Nov 29, 2007 1:46 am UTC

EvanED wrote:BTW, I would like to nominate Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat as best book title ever.


Disagreed. Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons is the easy winner.

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Re: Calvin and Hobbes

Postby EvanED » Thu Nov 29, 2007 7:56 am UTC

Oort wrote:
EvanED wrote:BTW, I would like to nominate Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat as best book title ever.


Disagreed. Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons is the easy winner.

That one is good too, and I thought about it, but I still vote for HPJC. ;-)

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Re: Calvin and Hobbes

Postby Nyarlathotep » Thu Nov 29, 2007 10:32 am UTC

EvanED wrote:
Oort wrote:
EvanED wrote:BTW, I would like to nominate Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat as best book title ever.


Disagreed. Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons is the easy winner.

That one is good too, and I thought about it, but I still vote for HPJC. ;-)


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Re: Calvin and Hobbes

Postby Zohar » Thu Nov 29, 2007 11:25 am UTC

This thread has caused me to want to get a Calvin and Hobbes book. Must go to comic book store soon.
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Re: Calvin and Hobbes

Postby Number3Pencils » Fri Nov 30, 2007 7:54 am UTC

Why post a link to a C&H archive, when I'm a walking archive? Really, given a bit of bare information about a strip, I can basically reconstruct it word-for-word.
This skill is especially important in light of the fact that the Calvin and Hobbes Extensive Strip Search, formerly at Martijn Reemst's site, has apparently been shut down. That shocked me as I tried to post a link to it.
I can't think of a single reason why Calvin and Hobbes should not be considered the best comic strip in the entire world in all of history. I guess xkcd comes in a solid second. (That's not heresy, is it?) William claimed Bill Watterson knows nothing about childhood. I contend that william "never had a childhood" (which is how Watterson described the readers who complained to him about the joy Calvin took in blowing up his school in his imagination).

I guess my avatar is also proof of my dedication. Actually, there sure are a lot of people here with C&H avatars. As if my point needed proving - such a pervasive presence should prove C&H's greatness.
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Re: Calvin and Hobbes

Postby EvanED » Fri Nov 30, 2007 4:17 pm UTC

Number3Pencils wrote:I can't think of a single reason why Calvin and Hobbes should not be considered the best comic strip in the entire world in all of history. I guess xkcd comes in a solid second.

The Far Side makes at least a valiant run for second, and may get there.

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Re: Calvin and Hobbes

Postby Number3Pencils » Fri Nov 30, 2007 8:17 pm UTC

Silly me, I forgot about Far Side. It may tie with xkcd, and it may just beat it - simply because there's more of it to love.
Other greats these days are Frazz and Zits. FoxTrot is good I guess, but it doesn't click with me as well.
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Re: Calvin and Hobbes

Postby 22/7 » Fri Nov 30, 2007 9:39 pm UTC

I've recently picked up Get Fuzzy, which is, IMO, quite good, but it's one that relies heavily upon you knowing the characters, so you should really pick up an early book to get into it (i.e. it won't be nearly as funny just starting with whatever one is in the newspaper today).
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Re: Calvin and Hobbes

Postby EvanED » Sat Dec 01, 2007 12:10 am UTC

Number3Pencils wrote:Other greats these days are Frazz and Zits. FoxTrot is good I guess, but it doesn't click with me as well.

Agreed with Zits, though it's a bit repetitive. I know they've used almost the exact same joke multiple times on multiple occasions.

Foxtrot is... okay. I used to really enjoy it, but I thought it started going downhill about 4-5 years ago. I don't know if that was because my tastes changed, or if it was because the strip started sucking.

You should look at Sherman's Lagoon... someone around here pointed out that strip to me, and I'm very glad they did, because it's actually pretty darn good.

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Re: Calvin and Hobbes

Postby PatrickRsGhost » Sat Dec 01, 2007 12:17 am UTC

I think one strip that seems to come close to Calvin and Hobbes today that is still in publication is Red and Rover. I've been reading a couple of strips and it seems to have the same feeling as Calvin and Hobbes did.

One strip I have recently come to enjoy is For Better Or For Worse. It's not as good as it used to be, but it's still fairly good.
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Re: Calvin and Hobbes

Postby Number3Pencils » Sat Dec 01, 2007 3:00 am UTC

PatrickRsGhost wrote:I think one strip that seems to come close to Calvin and Hobbes today that is still in publication is Red and Rover. I've been reading a couple of strips and it seems to have the same feeling as Calvin and Hobbes did.

Red and Rover?!!?!
Red and Rover has got to be the failest comic strip in the business! The punch lines are saccharine and humorless, there's no hint of originality, each character is a cliché personified, and to top it all off, you can't see the kid's eyes from a 90° view! The only similarity it has to Calvin and Hobbes is that it involves a kid of about the same age who can talk to an animal. Calvin and Red are nothing alike - Red is a do-gooder, hapless, brainless little kid wh may be nice but sure isn't funny and sure isn't a real person. Calvin is a creative, rebellious, and rather importantly actually funny kid who we can all love because he's not stitched together from sappiness and kitsch, but has an actual (and aggressive) personality!
I'm sorry, but this is something that I feel passionately about, and that I can't let ride. Red and Rover is schlock and should have disappeared years ago.
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Re: Calvin and Hobbes

Postby Allium Cepa » Sat Dec 01, 2007 4:24 am UTC

I agree, Red and Rover is worthless. The only comic I really like now is Pearls before Swine, and Zits can be alright at times. I wish they would run reruns of Calvin and Hobbes instead of Peanuts, that comic was never funny.
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Re: Calvin and Hobbes

Postby Fush » Sat Dec 01, 2007 5:23 am UTC

The greatness of C&H is its combination of a bunch of different strengths.
Watterson is an exceptional artist. The expressiveness he achieves in character's faces is astounding, and the sheer felinity (is that a word?) of Hobbes is marvelous. Not to mention when he lets himself go with dinosaurs, monsters and alien landscapes.
The comics are really smart. They frequently delve into philosophy, ethics and other social commentary, treating deep topics intelligently and subtly with a really refreshing perspective.
They're endlessly creative, Watterson using Calvin's imagination as an outlet for his own, capturing a sense of wonder and adventure that resonates in xkcd.
And of course, they're always genuine, often touching, and inevitably funny.

And if this
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Re: Calvin and Hobbes

Postby Number3Pencils » Sat Dec 01, 2007 9:08 am UTC

Let's see if I can do my script recall thing:

H.: What is this snowman doing?
C.: He's contemplating snowman evolution. Obviously, if he evolved from a snowball, it raises serious philosophical issues.
H.: Like the morality of throwing one's precursors at someone?
C.: Sure, and what about shoveling one's genetic material off the walk?

I can't remember where the panels break, though.

Edit: followed the broken image's path. I got it basically right, but I was off on a few words and on Hobbes's first question. Copy-pasting this link should work; linking sets off the bandwidth detector. http://www.angelfire.com/wa/zzaran/images/Evolution.gif
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Re: Calvin and Hobbes

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Sat Dec 01, 2007 3:42 pm UTC

Thats the comic we ended on last night during story time :)

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Re: Calvin and Hobbes

Postby b.i.o » Sat Dec 01, 2007 6:16 pm UTC

EvanED wrote:
Number3Pencils wrote:I can't think of a single reason why Calvin and Hobbes should not be considered the best comic strip in the entire world in all of history. I guess xkcd comes in a solid second.

The Far Side makes at least a valiant run for second, and may get there.


Definitely. The only other strip I'd put up there with these 3 is Bloom County.

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Re: Calvin and Hobbes

Postby spi » Sat Dec 01, 2007 6:47 pm UTC

So of course since I got a real job out of college and had money to blow the first thing I did when I saw that C&H was coming out with the complete collection was to buy it. Now it is mine!! To be read forever!
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Re: Calvin and Hobbes

Postby PatrickRsGhost » Sun Dec 02, 2007 2:06 am UTC

I intend to buy that entire hardback collection once I have straightened out my finances a bit. Hopefully will do so by next year. If I do so, I will still keep what books I have, maybe give them to my kids if I ever get married and start a family.
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Re: Calvin and Hobbes

Postby keozen » Sun Dec 02, 2007 9:09 pm UTC

Sorry, I just HAVE to post this:

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Re: Calvin and Hobbes

Postby Delbin » Sun Dec 02, 2007 10:25 pm UTC

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Re: Calvin and Hobbes

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Sun Dec 02, 2007 10:53 pm UTC

Besides, that got posted earlier in this thread, I think.

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Re: Calvin and Hobbes

Postby Maseiken » Sun Dec 02, 2007 10:59 pm UTC

keozen wrote:Sorry, I just HAVE to post this:

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I think I've seen that one anyway
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Re: Calvin and Hobbes

Postby Lord Bob » Mon Dec 03, 2007 12:30 am UTC

was the Robot Chicken sketch (it's been taken down now) it's well worth watching, because it's fricken hilarious.

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Re: Calvin and Hobbes

Postby Delbin » Mon Dec 03, 2007 4:21 am UTC

I said I was sorry! *pouts*

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Re: Calvin and Hobbes

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Mon Dec 03, 2007 4:46 am UTC

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Re: Calvin and Hobbes

Postby Number3Pencils » Mon Dec 03, 2007 6:57 pm UTC

That is just about the cutest thing I've ever seen on the internet. Including kittens. Awwwwwwwwww.

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Re: Calvin and Hobbes

Postby 22/7 » Tue Dec 04, 2007 1:30 am UTC

Your kid's bed beats the ever-living shit out of my childhood bed. It's also good that (s)he is being raised to be accepting/respectful of peoples' life choices.

Oh, and are you trying to turn your kid into an engineer? Because I would definitely approve.
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Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Tue Dec 04, 2007 1:44 am UTC

Life choices?

Also, that marble drop thing, he got for Xmas last year. She plays with it more than he does.

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Re: Calvin and Hobbes

Postby 22/7 » Tue Dec 04, 2007 1:59 am UTC

It's rainbow-colored.

And it's still awesome that he has it. I got these wooden blocks of different shapes that came with marbles for Christmas one year and I've still got them. It was one of a few different beginnings to my chosen field.
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Re: Calvin and Hobbes

Postby Maseiken » Tue Dec 04, 2007 2:47 am UTC

I had a marble drop.
I recently had the idea of a marble drop computer.
It'd be pretty darn slow though.
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Re: Calvin and Hobbes

Postby Ulairion » Tue Dec 04, 2007 3:53 am UTC

I stumbled upon some random strips now and then, but one glorious day I came upon the page with the full archive.... I just LOVE it. C&H makes me laugh, makes me think, and it has brought tears to my eyes. Also, I feel identified with Calvin a lot. Even now, with one feet in University, I daydream a lot, and altought I never had an imaginary friend nor a forest in my backyard, I wish I had (I feel like I wasted my childhood ;_;)


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