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Miguel De Guzman
(1207)

AUGH!

Sunday 13 April 2008 6:15:17 pm

Are we doing what Watterson feared?

To quote from the trivia section:

Bill refused to merchandise his creation on the grounds that pasting Calvin and Hobbes images on commercially-sold coffee mugs, stickers and t-shirts would devalue the characters and their personalities.

This also explains his refusal to allow the strip to become an animated series.
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Yet, even though we aren't breaking laws, we still devalue the characters and their personalities. No one needs to be a criminal to lessen the essence that makes Calvin and Hobbes truly funny.

What makes Calvin and Hobbes hilarious? We Calvin and Hobbes fans all need to ask this question, including me. Do we laugh at the sarcastic quotes, the witty sayings, and irony in the comics? Or do we laugh at the pictures which show the duo beaten up after falling 15 feet from the ground on a wagon? Do we laugh at the smart humor? Or at the immature pictures of Calvin being drenched from a water balloon?

Fans, what we guffaw at not only affects our approval to the strip but also to the fan art we produce. It is not bad to make a Calvin and Hobbes show from Powerpoint, but the quality, worksmanship, and coherent storyline are all affected by what we have hysterics at in this great comic.

I'm not trying to act royal here, nor am I addressing just to those who make fan art. No, I address to every person out there who cares about Calvin and Hobbes, the boy and his convivial tiger.

If God shall spare my life, I shall cause a plowboy to know more Scripture than the average priest.

- William Tyndale

M E
(16533)

Sunday 13 April 2008 6:30:42 pm

It's fine

As long as we aren't liscensing and putting it on the market, that's fine. We aren't devaluing it in any way, nobody's gonna ever say "Hey, I would like to buy (insert PPT here) because it reminds me of what Calvin and Hobbes truly is." I think about 10-50 people have ever played Mecha Warrior Ultra, and nobody's seeming to have an adverse effect.

Me! :)

Christian Ramsvik
(85)

Sunday 13 April 2008 6:52:50 pm

The real beauty

>Do we laugh at the sarcastic quotes, the witty sayings,
>and irony in the comics? Or do we laugh at the pictures
>which show the duo beaten up after falling 15 feet from
>the ground on a wagon? Do we laugh at the smart humor?
>Or at the immature pictures of Calvin being drenched
>from a water balloon?

Simply put: Both. And that's the real beauty of Calvin and Hobbes, the comic that I have loved for almost twenty years now. As a child you can laugh of the mere drawings of Calvin and Hobbes having a fight, and as you grow older you can marvel the deep meanings in their conversation, and at the same time appreciate the simple picture of Hobbes hitting Calvin with a water balloon.

Still to this day I sometimes discover newer meanings when I read the strips again, and I have read them all. Many times.

Frank Tiberius
(308)

Sunday 13 April 2008 8:07:59 pm

Speaking of merchandise...

I once saw a fellow walking in town wearing a Calvin T-shirt which I remember had language on it - not what old Calvin would say, certainly!

~ Frank Tiberius (formerly Bumper LEGO)
Maybe it's time to start again.

NiN TeNdO
(15421)

Sunday 13 April 2008 8:15:49 pm

I think my sister had a Calvin&Hobbes T-shirt

It said 'life is short' on the front and on the back it showed Calvin running out of a nebraskan town wearing a graduation hat (I won't say what else it showed)
I think a friend made it for her because it had the name of my hometown on it, but it was still a little weird

<<< Anyone seen this cartoon? Anyone??

Left DCAH after 5 years, but I still check in now and then. I'm more active on Fanfiction.Net (Wherever Girl), DeviantArt (~She-Wolf91), and Youtube (Tomboyangel78).

Also, I'm Christian, AND PROUD OF IT! ...Just to let everyone know. I also love cartoons, even though I'm no longer a child. ...Cookies, anyone?

M E
(16533)

Sunday 13 April 2008 8:35:14 pm

Both are illegal

The only legal C&H shirt was a shirt for this art show featuring Calvin and Hobbes and showed Calvin making faces through a bunch of color filters. There were also two vintage calenders produced before Bill really cared.

Me! :)

NiN TeNdO
(15421)

Sunday 13 April 2008 10:19:30 pm

I don't know about the other T-shirt but...

I don't think it was illegal.
My sister, who owned the shirt, and her friends made shirts like that for their senior graduation, and a friend of hers drew the picture. It was just for graduation, nothing to merchandise.

<<< Anyone seen this cartoon? Anyone??

Left DCAH after 5 years, but I still check in now and then. I'm more active on Fanfiction.Net (Wherever Girl), DeviantArt (~She-Wolf91), and Youtube (Tomboyangel78).

Also, I'm Christian, AND PROUD OF IT! ...Just to let everyone know. I also love cartoons, even though I'm no longer a child. ...Cookies, anyone?

jacob kimmerling
(20059)

Sunday 13 April 2008 10:56:49 pm

if Bill refused to merchandise that wolde mean..........

the books are illegal

steelers:11-3

Jack Conrad
(27519)

Sunday 13 April 2008 11:00:01 pm

no silly

no silly he siad there ok he was glad becuse his town didnt do calvin and hobbes till a long time so when the books came out he was happy

my favorite things

food: my moms pizza it can beat anything you ever tasted hands down

movies:lord of the rings hoodwinked harry potter

sites:www.calvin-and-hobbes.org neopets (code name rookie reporter)

music:its my life livin on a prayer eye of the tiger

friends:abe lincon harry potter john bon jovi

Elijah Fuller
(28509)

Monday 21 April 2008 2:07:56 am

Hmmmmmm...

I don't think he'd approve of it at all.

Hi ho!

M E
(16533)

Monday 21 April 2008 3:29:19 am

The list of official stuff as far as I know

The books,
2 calenders,
Teaching with Calvin and Hobbes,
and an art show tee-shirt.
All of these were liscenced and approved by Bill Watterson.
By the way, why ELSE would he draw a ten-page, watercolor Spiff epic for the Lazy Sunday book? WHY would there be AUTHOR'S COMMENTS on the Tenth Anniversary book? Watterson said he was grateful for them. If these were not liscenced, why would they STILL be on sale and reprinted long after their publishing and not sued?

Me! :)

Christian Ramsvik
(85)

Monday 21 April 2008 10:00:28 am

Of course the books are legal

The books ARE Calvin and Hobbes. If the books weren't legal, drawing the cartoons would be about as useful as Write Only Memory for your computer.