Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for November 15, 2022

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    BE THIS GUY  over 1 year ago

    Artists are never conformists.

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    codycab  over 1 year ago

    Trying to make your work better than the one on the box? Eh, go for it.

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    Templo S.U.D.  over 1 year ago

    duh, Hobbes

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    Kymberleigh  over 1 year ago

    And why would Calvin, of all people, want to get the picture on the box? Never happen.

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    bluram  over 1 year ago

    I repeat.. “Duh”.

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    old_geek  over 1 year ago

    The picture on the box is only the manufacturer’s opinion on how the painting should look.

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    jvo  over 1 year ago

    You can follow the instructions, or let your spirit run free, with art, either way works.

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    Calvinist1966  over 1 year ago

    Yet another strip which shows that Hobbes is not part of Calvin but someone who thinks very differently from Calvin. Hobbes can be more imaginative and more mischievous than Calvin but he is also more of a conformist than Calvin could ever be.

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    dflak  over 1 year ago

    The first thing my left brain does when I get a jig saw puzzle is sort the pieces. The first thing my right brain does is throw away the box.

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    A Hip loving Canadian...  over 1 year ago

    Wait, Calvin is actually using the paintbrush provided? So much for non-conforming.

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    jagedlo  over 1 year ago

    I was going to use the name of a certain artist starting with Jackson to pair up with Calvin, but it seems that that name is under GoComics banned word list…

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    Susan00100  over 1 year ago

    I used to get paint-by-number kits as presents—which my mother would then take over.

    I finally put my foot down and said the last one was MINE!!

    Eventually, I learned to paint without numbers, and my mother couldn’t interfere.

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    Adolf Trump  over 1 year ago

    If that had been a tiger based painting, Calvin might have tried harder.

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    Zebrastripes  over 1 year ago

    Color me….no, not that one…this one!

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    Jeff0811  over 1 year ago

    My wife does that virtual paint by number thing. She enjoys it so much that I really don’t mind having to buy new monitors all the time. (I kid, my wife really deserves better, but she insists she’s with me for the duration. :^) )

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    vaughnrl2003 Premium Member over 1 year ago

    I wonder if people over the age of 12 paint by the numbers. I mean, I would if I was so inclined, but I never hear of anyone who does it.

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    chromosome Premium Member over 1 year ago

    I remember liking how those pictures turned out and tried to make hand-made drawings that looked like that (with colors and shadows were arranged in blocks, not fading into each other).

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    rhpii  over 1 year ago

    I’m waiting for him to use it as war paint.

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    SweetSinger  over 1 year ago

    Follow someone else’s arbitrary guidelines? NEVER.

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    Huckleberry Hiroshima  over 1 year ago

    Don’t want that. No way.

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    rshive  over 1 year ago

    And the picture on the box is boring.

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    bigcatrik  over 1 year ago

    I gave my mother a paint-by-numbers of kittens and it came out very expressionist — as if it was less a painting of kittens and more like a painting about what it feels like to be a kitten.

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    mourdac Premium Member over 1 year ago

    A day in the life of young Picasso.

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    Norris66  over 1 year ago

    You gotta make your own kind of art. Draw your own kind of picture. Make your own kind of art. Even if nobody else paints along.

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    The Wolf In Your Midst  over 1 year ago

    Why would he want to make a copy of what’s on the box? It’s already there.

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    PoodleGroomer  over 1 year ago

    Training for future Ikea furniture assembly.

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    kathleenhicks62  over 1 year ago

    Me thinks Calvin always colors outside the lines.

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    EnlilEnkiEa  over 1 year ago

    The birth of Jackson P.

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    John Jorgensen  over 1 year ago

    I always found color by numbers kits very satisfying.

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    mindjob  over 1 year ago

    Creating depth in a landscape is the challenge. Look at value, temperature and intensity.

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    Daltongang Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Picasso is born.

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    mistercatworks  over 1 year ago

    Painting-by-numbers is one step up from sudoku. :)

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    Count Olaf Premium Member over 1 year ago

    That actually sounds like a fun and not bad idea…

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    smsrt  over 1 year ago

    Hey Hobbs. He’s right, ya know.

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    goboboyd  over 1 year ago

    The bigger life picture lesson.

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    Ka`ōnōhi`ula`okahōkūmiomio`ehiku Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Riighht. Why bother??

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    Stephen Gilberg  over 1 year ago

    I would build LEGO sets according to instructions, then take them apart and combine the pieces differently.

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    liberalnlovinit  over 1 year ago

    And post-modern art is born…

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    Prey  over 1 year ago

    This why he doesn´t like thrillers – he doesn´t read between the lines.

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    willie_mctell  over 1 year ago

    I’ll bet Hobbes could make up a substitution code for the colors.

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    g04922  over 1 year ago

    LOL… Calvin the ‘artist’?… hmmm.

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    paullp Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Perhaps he could get the same result by simply starting with a blank piece of paper, but it wouldn’t be half as much fun. Anyway, using this method he can say that all his art is focused on such themes as defying authority and thinking outside the box.

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    Otis Rufus Driftwood  over 1 year ago

    Hobbes might try to assemble a jigsaw puzzle without looking at the box

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    Angry Indeed Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Right on, Calvin. “Express yourself.” ;-p

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    hagarthehorrible  over 1 year ago

    Hobbes, since when you started thinking that six year old boy goes by the rulebook.

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