0170: "Turn Back"

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0170: "Turn Back"

Postby Shoofle » Fri Oct 13, 2006 4:14 am UTC

This really is extremely Calvin & Hobbes-y.
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Postby FrizB » Fri Oct 13, 2006 4:21 am UTC

true
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Postby EM-002.rv-L "Tem Cu » Fri Oct 13, 2006 5:17 am UTC

All it needs is a red wagon.
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Postby MrBawn » Fri Oct 13, 2006 5:26 am UTC

The weird thing is, the comic should be a boy and his tiger, but it's a boy and his girlfriend. As if Hobbes has been replaced by Susie Derkins. I always wondered if she would replace Hobbes in Calvin's life some day.
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Postby Axolotl » Fri Oct 13, 2006 6:32 am UTC

Nice work. Calvin & Hobbes is my favourite classic comic strip, and as soon as I saw the semi-loaded image (these things take a while on dialup) I was thrilled to see an unmistakably Watterson-esque landscape. The writing is a perfect blend of xkcd and C&H, without descending into parody or blatant idea-theft, and without disregarding the importance of using the whole visual metaphor thing to actually say something. Pretty much the perfect tribute.
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Postby xkcd » Fri Oct 13, 2006 6:42 am UTC

Axolotl wrote:Nice work. Calvin & Hobbes is my favourite classic comic strip, and as soon as I saw the semi-loaded image (these things take a while on dialup) I was thrilled to see an unmistakably Watterson-esque landscape. The writing is a perfect blend of xkcd and C&H, without descending into parody or blatant idea-theft, and without disregarding the importance of using the whole visual metaphor thing to actually say something. Pretty much the perfect tribute.


When I was a kid I read C&H and other such comic collections to fill all the little bits of filler time in between the other parts of life, and I pretty much knew them all by heart. And it's funny how even now that I'm an adult, every time I reread them I get strips I didn't get before. And one thing I didn't really notice for a long time was the way the background in strips like the wagon ride conversations so often served as an illustration of the discussions they were having.
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Postby Jack Saladin » Fri Oct 13, 2006 6:55 am UTC

Oh man, I used to love Calvin and Hobbes as a kid. Haven't read any in a while.

This reminds me of this link, which I may have found here in the first place:

http://metaphilm.com/philm.php?id=29_0_2_0

I always thought it was quite funny. :lol:

"In a scene eerily reminiscent of Fight Club, Hobbes blithely informs a sulking Calvin that he decides his own level of involvement in G.R.O.S.S."
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Postby Axolotl » Fri Oct 13, 2006 10:59 am UTC

xkcd wrote:When I was a kid I read C&H and other such comic collections to fill all the little bits of filler time in between the other parts of life, and I pretty much knew them all by heart. And it's funny how even now that I'm an adult, every time I reread them I get strips I didn't get before. And one thing I didn't really notice for a long time was the way the background in strips like the wagon ride conversations so often served as an illustration of the discussions they were having.

Yeah I know what you mean. I used to love C&H back when all but the most blatant metaphorical detail went completely over my head, whereas now whenever I go back to the books I appreciate them- as the cliche goes- on a different level. The brilliant thing is that Bill Watterson managed to achieve this depth without sacrificing the charm and humour generated by the simple formula of great characters, art and dialogue.
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Postby Axolotl » Fri Oct 13, 2006 11:02 am UTC

Ok that last bit made me sound like a bit of a tosser but my point remains valid.
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Postby Matt » Fri Oct 13, 2006 11:18 am UTC

this is basically going back to my art-roots
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Postby TheReverend » Fri Oct 13, 2006 2:29 pm UTC

I'm beginning to wonder if today's C&H comic and the fact that there was snow on the ground this morning are signs from a higher being that I need to build decapitated snowmen this winter. I've got free time.
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Postby narpas » Fri Oct 13, 2006 4:43 pm UTC

If your higher deity doesn't regularly call you to make snowmen in the winter, it's time to get a new higher deity.

*Sings...

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Postby fjafjan » Fri Oct 13, 2006 5:26 pm UTC

heh, made me go back and read some of my old C&H comics, great stuff :D
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Postby wisnij » Fri Oct 13, 2006 6:49 pm UTC

Hahaha, nice! Calvin and Hobbes is the very first thing I thought of when I saw the strip, even before I looked at the title text. Well played. :)
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Postby Verysillyman » Sat Oct 14, 2006 12:01 pm UTC

We had a great snowstorm this winter, and all day long i'd look out the window, see all the flurry falling, and think "It's a magical world" then try to think of a time I might have spare to go and read some C&H. I didn't end up getting spare time that day, but it was good fun.
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Postby LE4dGOLEM » Sat Oct 14, 2006 9:18 pm UTC

TheReverend wrote:I'm beginning to wonder if today's C&H comic and the fact that there was snow on the ground this morning are signs from a higher being that I need to build decapitated snowmen this winter. I've got free time.



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Postby Sprocket » Mon Aug 06, 2007 9:22 pm UTC

This is one of the best. It's so both romantic and poignant. It's just awesome. Such a far cry from the CS logician. Something anyone can understand. The terror and the beauty of life and finding new things and exploring your universe. Also, exploring relationships. You could almost cry, except that you're not a pussy...pussy.
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Postby Lester :P » Tue Aug 07, 2007 11:08 am UTC

Anyone seen the C&H where Hobbes turns back into a toy because Calvin is too busy doing homework to play with him?
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`The question is whether you can make words mean so many different things.'
`The question is,'said he,`Which is to be master-That id all.'
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Postby bbctol » Tue Aug 07, 2007 11:15 am UTC

Lester :P wrote:Anyone seen the C&H where Hobbes turns back into a toy because Calvin is too busy doing homework to play with him?


That's a fake C&H, thank god. At least I think that's what you're talking about.
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Postby Lester :P » Tue Aug 07, 2007 11:31 am UTC

bbctol wrote:
Lester :P wrote:Anyone seen the C&H where Hobbes turns back into a toy because Calvin is too busy doing homework to play with him?


That's a fake C&H, thank god. At least I think that's what you're talking about.


It looks pretty darn real, did they just steal stuff from other panels?
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Postby bbctol » Tue Aug 07, 2007 12:12 pm UTC

Lester :P wrote:
bbctol wrote:
Lester :P wrote:Anyone seen the C&H where Hobbes turns back into a toy because Calvin is too busy doing homework to play with him?


That's a fake C&H, thank god. At least I think that's what you're talking about.


It looks pretty darn real, did they just steal stuff from other panels?


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Is this or something like it what you're thinking of? Because yeah, I think they just stole things from other panels and added the text.
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Postby Lester :P » Tue Aug 07, 2007 12:32 pm UTC

I don't remember the pills bit, but yea, and fake or not, it's pretty darn sad.
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Postby Sprocket » Tue Aug 07, 2007 12:49 pm UTC

It's only temporary. Next time he wants to play, he'll come back, it's not like Puff the magic dragon.
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Postby Lester :P » Tue Aug 07, 2007 1:46 pm UTC

But thats what happened with Puff! He gradually grew up and then boom, Jackie Paper was no more.

In the comic Calvin chooses to be adult rather than to follow his dreams.
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Postby Sprocket » Wed Aug 08, 2007 7:26 pm UTC

Lester :P wrote:But thats what happened with Puff! He gradually grew up and then boom, Jackie Paper was no more.

In the comic Calvin chooses to be adult rather than to follow his dreams.


Sometimes you have to be adult to follow your dreams.
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Postby roxormancer » Wed Aug 08, 2007 10:22 pm UTC

off topic: anyone ever end up on the calvin & hobbes vs fight club site?
http://ignatz.brinkster.net/cfightclub.html
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Postby Lester :P » Thu Aug 09, 2007 11:43 am UTC

CatProximity wrote:
Lester :P wrote:But thats what happened with Puff! He gradually grew up and then boom, Jackie Paper was no more.

In the comic Calvin chooses to be adult rather than to follow his dreams.


Sometimes you have to be adult to follow your dreams.


Not if they're good ones :P
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Re: Official "Turn Back" Discussion

Postby thedufer » Fri Aug 10, 2007 11:54 am UTC

Shoofle wrote:This really is extremely Calvin & Hobbes-y.


Topics in this forum are supposed to have the comic as well the alt-text in the first post, as well as a link to the comic (often embedded in the image). Just warning you before a mod changes it and leaves a raptor in your house for not reading the rules.
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Postby madjo » Fri Aug 10, 2007 12:49 pm UTC

were those rules set up before or after Oct 13, 2006? :)
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Postby Sprocket » Fri Aug 10, 2007 7:53 pm UTC

Yeah, I mean we haven't see Shoofle around here in AGES!
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Re: 0170: "Turn Back"

Postby TheQuietElf » Sat Feb 11, 2012 4:14 pm UTC

This strip was especially romantic. Such is life.

Find joy in being lost. :wink:
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Re:

Postby EpicanicusStrikes » Tue Feb 14, 2012 7:07 pm UTC

Lester :P wrote:
CatProximity wrote:Sometimes you have to be adult to follow your dreams.

Not if they're good ones :P


One of my dreams included gaining the independence to provide for myself rather than rely on others to fulfill all of my needs.

Another included gaining the strength to make sacrifices for those I care for so that their lives might be better than my own.

A third included no longer crapping my pants after every meal.


Those were all some pretty good dreams. And two of them actually came true!
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