Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for March 28, 2023

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    BE THIS GUY  6 months ago

    A few years later, a teenage Calvin can get all the information he wants about graffiti on the internet.

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    codycab  6 months ago

    Even if it’s just books, still a better investment than what Calvin has in mind.

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    Templo S.U.D.  6 months ago

    If not your local public library, Calvin? Maybe ask your parents to take you to a bookstore where you could possibly find a such a book (disguised as wanting to get a new comic book)?

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    Erse IS better  6 months ago

    Tagging is to art as HipHop is to music?

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    Robin Harwood  6 months ago

    Lots of cheap romance novels, instead of the really useful do-it-yourself books you need, Calvin.

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    Bilan  6 months ago

    He should check with the Banksy Branch Library.

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    SHIVA  6 months ago

    Well, he’ll have plenty of time to study the “art” living under a highway overpass, and living in a cardboard box!!

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    Shared Reality No Longer Available in This Sector  6 months ago

    The Child Psychology section is extennnnnn-sive.

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    Ermine Notyours  6 months ago

    The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls.

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    orinoco womble  6 months ago

    Taggers, like dogs, leave their mark on any vertical surface. However, urine can be washed away.

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    Johnny Ferrari   6 months ago

    My wife and I used to admire some of the graffiti on railroad cars as a train passed by a crossing. Some of it is really, really artistic. I can’t believe we were the only ones to have noticed that.

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    Count Olaf Premium Member 6 months ago

    Instead of the library he should have called the Banksy.

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    gokar An T Fa  6 months ago

    It’s funnier when you decipher the phone cord secret message in panel two.

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    jrankin1959  6 months ago

    I used to work in a bookstore, and there is a book about graffiti art… you could only special order it, and we kept it behind the counter until the customer picked it up. ( Playboy and its competitors, however, were sold openly on the magazine racks. Go figure.)

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    mourdac Premium Member 6 months ago

    Imagine Calvin and the Internet. This, explosives, all his schemes he could have fotten info on.

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    Squoop  6 months ago

    The last train is nearly due

    The underground is closing soon

    And in the dark deserted station

    Restless in anticipation

    A man waits in the shadows

    His restless eyes leap and scratch

    At all that they can touch or catch

    And hidden deep within his pocket

    Safe within his silent socket

    He holds a colored crayon

    Now from the tunnel’s stony womb

    The carriage rides to meet the groom

    And opens wide and welcome doors

    But he hesitates, then withdraws

    Deeper in the shadows

    And the train is gone suddenly

    On wheels clicking silently

    Like a gently tapping litany

    And he holds his crayon rosary

    Tighter in his hand

    Now from his pocket quick he flashes

    The crayon on the wall he slashes

    Deep upon the advertising

    A single-worded poem comprised

    Of four letters

    And his heart is laughing, screaming, pounding

    The poem across the tracks rebounding

    Shadowed by the exit light

    His legs take their ascending flight

    To seek the breast of darkness and be suckled by the night

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    Wizard of Ahz-no relation  6 months ago

    Long ago i worked as a clerk in a public library. I was on the front desk one day when a lady came in and said “Do you have any books?” She was serious.

    Me? I literally had a building behind me full of book shelves full of books. The urge for was wise a$$ answer was almost over powering.

    I eventually extracted form her what she needed on what subject but wow, what an opening line.

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    jwilbern  6 months ago

    Calvin on the internet, that’s scary!

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    Barnabus Blackoak  6 months ago

    Here ya go Nate , Graffiti Cookbook: The Complete Do-It-Yourself-guide to Graffiti Kindle Edition by Björn Almqvist, A rich source of inspiration for anyone interested in do-it-yourself culture, this is a guide to the materials and techniques used in today’s most creative and progressive art movement. In hundreds of pictures and illustrations and dozens of interviews with the world’s most famous artists, the authors show exactly how graffiti is made. From spray techniques and hand styles to tools and style analysis, this is a trip around the world for the tricks of graffiti writers. Includes • tips on how to create your own piece, tag and throw up • how to use textiles, glass, metal, concrete or wood • with Swet, Jurne, Mad C, Egs and Chob as some of the featured artists.

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    txmystic  6 months ago

    I’ll bet chatGPT could help…

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    Zebrastripes  6 months ago

    You had them at “dirty words and slogans”, Calvin!

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    Just-me  6 months ago

    He can probably learn everything he wants to know by seeing the graffito on the buildings he sees from the school bus on the way to school.

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    grocks  6 months ago

    What we needed to do before the internet

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    rshive  6 months ago

    Books have been written on the subject, Calvin. But getting them published has been a little tougher.

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    William Bednar Premium Member 6 months ago

    They spend their time and money on removing Republican Denounced books from their shelves. Very busy work!

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    JD_Rhoades  6 months ago

    Ahead of his time. There are coffee table books about graffitti art now.

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    Will_Scarlet  6 months ago

    If he thinks graffiti can be learned in a library, he probably thinks ‘Juvenile delinquent’ is a job with a 401k.

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    eced52  6 months ago

    What year was this written? The internet wasn’t really a thing until 1996, as far as I know. That was the year I bought my kids their own computer.

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    Meowise  6 months ago

    This strip looks like it was made by someone else

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    BamCat  6 months ago

    About 15 years ago, I went on a gang tour of Los Angeles, led by ex-gang members. They drove us to sites with gang significance, and provided us with a history of local gangs. We also learned a lot about graffiti. I can’t remember most of it, but I do remember their describing a “throw up,” which is an elaborate tag.

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    mistercatworks  6 months ago

    Now you just research “Banksy”. :)

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    wndflower1  6 months ago

    kids today— “corded phone? library? BOOK? OMG, like, i don’t understand this at all, dude!”

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    KEA  6 months ago

    Graffiti is just vandalism writ large

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    g04922  6 months ago

    LOL… I am sure any good library has those books. The research assistant heard it was a little boy on the phone.

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    stamps  6 months ago

    There’s some great graffiti art out there.

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    ssejhill  6 months ago

    The libraries spend all their money on lawsuits to try to keep books on the shelf that certain politicians don’t want people to see.

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    yangeldf  6 months ago

    there are probably encyclopedias worth of reference material about graffiti and its cultural significance, even in Calvin’s time. Some of the greatest artists ever did graffiti. Of course a list of dirty words and slogans is likely something you can find in a book too, but I doubt a public library would bother with it.

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    kathleenhicks62  6 months ago

    Hobbes must be hiding, I don’t see him.

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    liberalnlovinit  6 months ago

    …and years later after this comic strip originally appeared:

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    Norris66  6 months ago

    When in elementary school they took us older kids to the town library. We were allowed in the teen section. Some of us boys would grab an age appropriate book quickly to bring home. Then we we had time to look at things mom wouldn’t approve of. ;)

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    thedogesl Premium Member 6 months ago

    That OK, Calvin. They’re gonna defund all them libraries anyway. Too many books with Dangerous Ideas.

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    car2ner  6 months ago

    in today’s culture they probably have that at least a couple books on those topics

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    hoffquotes2  6 months ago

    That book was still being written back then

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