I miss Calvin and Hobbes =(

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  1. paul_v

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    Anyone here miss Bill Waterson's comic strip "Calvin and Hobbes?" I wish he would come out of retirement. C&H was the first cartoon strip to make me laugh so hard that I cried. Even now I go back and read the strips and I laugh out loud.
     
  2. Bill Balcziak

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    I see Calvin almost every day. He seems to have a bladder problem, though.
     
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    Agreed, c&h made my life as a teenager so much more enjoyable.
     
  4. Graeme Clark

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    I miss C&H and The Far Side greatly. The comics in most papers now are just bland and cookie cutter. While I doubt Bill will ever come out of retirement completely, it would be nice to get a new book or something.
     
  5. Greg_Y

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    Calvin & Hobbes - gone
    The Far Side - gone
    The Peanuts - gone
    Instead we get stuck with 'For Better or Worse'. [​IMG]
     
  6. Dennis Reno

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    You are soooo right Graeme! C&H and the Far Side were incredibly original. Nothing today compares to either. I get more enjoyment flipping through some of the C&H books or Far Side calendar than anything available today on Saturday morning. In fact, I haven't read the comic section of the newspaper in years.
     
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    Yeah, especially during the fall and winter. I loved his "fall" strips and the ones that are bike related.. hee hee.

    I've actually kind of stopped reading the comics first when I get the sunday paper... it's like not worth it anymore. The ones I do read, are not in my local paper so basically I just read them online or at work:

    Sherman's Lagoon

    Close to Home

    Loose Parts

    Robotman

    Jay
     
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    I too miss Calvin & Hobbes. [​IMG] I have a few of the books and that comic strip is an all time classic. Very creative and funny. One of my new favorites is Get Fuzzy. That strip is incredible too.
     
  9. Graeme Clark

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    It's sad that once C&H ended, Garfield became the funniest comic in the paper.

    Now I liked Garfield as a kid and all, and some of the strips are funny... but when C&H and Far Side were around, I didn't think it was all that great.
     
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    I miss The Far Side and Calvin&Hobbes too.

    Of the current strips, I enjoy Get Fuzzy and Bizarro.
     
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    It was once in vogue to discuss these comic strips (C&H and Peanuts) in biblical and religious terms. People wrote books about that stuff. (I don't buy it, some of these characters -- early Linus [from the 40s?] and Calvin of course -- were pure id, much too fun to be allegorical!)
    But I miss Calvin... I hate seeing his image splashed all over the place with those stupid car stickers of him peeing on everything. Sometimes, all you need on blah days is a few minutes rereading old C&H books. He nailed what it's like to be a smart little kid like Meatloaf nailed losin' it on BAT OUT OF HELL (which I'm ashamed to say I listened to on my commute yesterday and ENJOYED).
    [​IMG]
    MC
     
  13. Paul Richardson

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    Those "Calvin Peeing on Whatever" stickers that you see all over the place are the reason Waterson retired. He didn't want his characters merchandised, but of course that didn't stop the bootleggers. He finally got fed up with seeing his characters used out of context to promote messages that he didn't necessarily agree with, and retired completely.
     
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    Yeah I heard it was the merchandising that forced him to retire. It's a noble reason but I still wish he would put out another book =)
     
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    I miss Calvin & Hobbes very much. That comic strip brings back a lot of good memories.

    Jon
     
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    Yeah, I miss it too. I can't believe no one's mentioned "Bloom County" yet. Another one that had me in stitches time and again.
     
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    You have to admire Bill Watterson for refusing to sell out though- toy companies offered him a fortune to make Hobbes stuffed tiger toys, but he said no way.

    I assume everyone knows how he named Calvin and Hobbes?
     
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    I presume it's for the Protestant sect and the philosopher....
     
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    I do miss Calvin and Hobbes very much but I must admit that The Boondocks is the best comic out there now. Constantly makes me laugh hysterically.
     
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    Fox Trot, Boondocks, and Zits are my favorite strips right now. For Better or for Worse is a great strip, but it's not the laugh factor type.

    C&H had run out of gas after his first hiatus. I think it would be great if he just did a graphic novel, 60-100 page C&H story. That way he could paint and draw whatever and however he wanted

    Garfield has been out of gas for years

    Peanuts ran out of gas in the 70s, which is why it's funny again because that's what they're re-running.
     

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