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I need to stop looking at it as it's quite depressing.
and i wondered what would've happened as he grew up and had to get a job and stuff. Then i realised i was over-analysing and projecting my own life onto a cartoon, which might be interesting, but it's not really the point is it?
I've now got an image of charlie brown sat at an office desk saying good grief.
of the current economic climate.
the last time i saw money raining from the sky was when i paid my ex-wife alimony
and they said I had to pay THEM! Yours is better.
which was trying to show how fight club was calvin + hobbes grown up
The thought of calvin having to grow up makes me sad
he goes through about 3 christmases a book
means more snowmen and sledge crashes.
My snow tribute to Calvin and Hobbes.
Because that's not how i read it - for me the character of hobbes was as real as calvin or anyone else in the comic strip or other work of fiction. Dunno, is that weird?
growing up as an only child, but pointing out that it doesn;t have to be dpressing, it can cause you to be creative.
although i suppose it's all pretty subjective. Maybe because i wasn't an only child, that's not how i interpreted it.
but Calvin is the only one who can see his imaginary world/Hobbes talikg, to everyone else he's just a stuffed Tiger. If you were viewing a child playing with a toy all of the time, pretending it was a person, you wouyld (possibly rightly) conclude they were lonely. The point is, Calvin is having a better time than anyone else because he has such an active imagination, which is spurred by being on his own so much.
He compensates for one with the other. I love Calvin and Hobbes as much as I love anything, and have always thought there was an inherent sadness among the incredible gags, since the whole thing is a meditation on youth and age and innocence and experience.
although yeah, of course there are sad and melancholy bits. Is he presented as lonely? I don't think so, and there are plenty of moments that are pure comedy, i don't think there needs to be any tragic undertones identified. But, again, it's all subjective really isn't it?
I think that bill watterson is/was a pretty misanthropic guy. Have you read the stuff he wrote about schultz/charlie brown? He basically said loads of similar stuff to what's in this thread about how schultz was clearly really tragic and depressive, and the family came out and said that was not true and that watterson seemed to be projecting his own personality onto the situation or something.
I dunno, pretty interesting maybe. I like the one where calvin and suzie are playing doctors and nurses.
Some of the stuff is so clever, I just can't help but think Watterson was creating it with layers of tone and meaning. C&H is probably in my top three arty things (books/films/music etc) ever.
There ARE sad bits, and it's interesting looking at the context and stuff, i just wouldn't want that to overshadow everything else.
You know, i don't think you need to consider the freudian implications or worry about calvin being sad and lonely when he's using a saw to perform a lobotomy on a snowman. It's just funny.
But of course that's only my opinion.
don't do it. please.
ruins the subtleties about the hobbes and calvin's relationship, calvin's relations with the real world, and the jokes, which were brilliant
not to mention that watterson actually dealt with this idea himself
it worked with garfield because that wasn't funny or clever