Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for September 10, 2023

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    BE THIS GUY  5 months ago

    All grown up now. Still doesn’t make sense.

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    codycab  5 months ago

    You mean “If” you grow up, Calvin? But seriously, R.I.P bird.

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    RuinQueenofOblivion  5 months ago

    Calvin I’m in my 30s… it never makes sense.

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    C  5 months ago

    No hurry, Calvin

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    minty_Joe  5 months ago

    At first, I thought from seeing that realistic drawing of a bird, that this was the one where Calvin is a songbird singing, “On Top of Spaghetti”.

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    minty_Joe  5 months ago

    The “Bring Out Your Dead” scene from Monty Python and The Holy Grail suddenly popped into my mind. LOL.

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    Erse IS better  5 months ago

    One of my favorites. Glad to see it again.

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    Imagine  5 months ago

    These philosophical ones are part of what makes Calvin & Hobbes so incredibly wonderful.

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    enigmamz  5 months ago

    When you’re the grown up, it’s your job to clean such things up.

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    orinoco womble  5 months ago

    In my city, if you see a dead bird it’s usually July or August, and the bird died of heat exhaustion.

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    snsurone76  5 months ago

    Very serious and solemn strip today, with no humorous “punchline”. Looks like Calvin already has character.

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    DaveG1960  5 months ago

    Watterson really put some detail into that bird, I wonder if it’s based on one he found and sketched?

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    hitman4cookies  5 months ago

    Bad news, Calvin. I’m past 60 and it still doesn’t make sense.

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    Calvinist1966  5 months ago

    This is another strip which shows Calvin at his most mature. As I mentioned in my reply to DaveG1960, Watterson has explained that it was inspired by a dead bird that he found. The week-long Baby Racoon story arc had been inspired by a dead kitten that his wife had found. Calvin and his Mom reflected Watterson and his wife in that story arc. Another classic moment in which Calvin shows his mature side is in the story arc where Mom was ill. Calvin tried to comfort her and said, at one point, “It’s kinda hard being a Mom to a Mom.” I had that feeling whenever my own mother was ill.

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    hariseldon59  5 months ago

    Few of us are pondering the philosophy implications of a dead bird while eating chicken.

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    saylorgirl  5 months ago

    Don’t rush your childhood Calvin, enjoy it. Being an adult has more problems than being a child.

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    Uhohcroc  5 months ago

    Thank you, Bill Watterson

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    jagedlo  5 months ago

    Love that final panel…just two friends who have each other…

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    rmercer Premium Member 5 months ago

    If everytone/everything lived forever, we would never have been born. Best I can do….

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    corpcookie  5 months ago

    He broke the 4th wall

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    mrwiskers  5 months ago

    Nature IS ruthless. That’s why it makes no sense to provide nature with the elements so it can be even more so. We know eventually the death toll from intensified hurricanes, typhoons, tornados, rising sea levels and the forest fires will force us to take action, so why wait? You think banking on 45 to come to our rescue makes any sense? Let’s elect some folks who are serious about working together, regardless of what labels get tossed around. (Sorry about the rant).

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    gango4  5 months ago

    One of the all-time great C&H Sunday strips.

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    sandpiper  5 months ago

    While culling weeds I found a rufous-sided eastern towhee male laying next to house foundation. Very sad, as that is a very rarely seen species near our feeders and pots. Not a mark on him. We have hawks but no sign of that. No nearby kids with bb spitters. Might have hit nearby window too hard but couldn’t tell. Just sad to lose even one.

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    Zebrastripes  5 months ago

    Awww! Words to ponder. But tomorrow we plunder!

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    Count Olaf Premium Member 5 months ago

    That will be a depressing brain worm for the rest of the day…

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    smsrt  5 months ago

    They call it poetic justice. I don’t understand it either.

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    Will_Scarlet  5 months ago

    “There is special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now, ’tis not to come; if it be not to come, it will be now; if it be not now, yet it will come—thereadiness is all.” – Shakespeare

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    goboboyd  5 months ago

    Life is a series of heavy sighs.

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    rshive  5 months ago

    Your expectations get adjusted as you grow older, Calvin.

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    mourdac Premium Member 5 months ago

    Just ordered a bunch of stick-ons for my windows to keep birds from doing this.

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    flying spaghetti monster  5 months ago

    you can’t anthropomorphize nature. It is what it is.

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    MS72  5 months ago

    Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher,

    vanity of vanities! All is vanity.
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    Meg: All Seriousness Aside  5 months ago

    Li’l bit of doubt, Hobbes.

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    Lydushka  5 months ago

    i’m in my 60’s… it does make sense but at a cost.

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    figuratively speaking  5 months ago

    If we could remember those wonderful insights we get in quiet moments, the world would be a kinder place.

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    vaughnrl2003 Premium Member 5 months ago

    Death is the end of this mortal existence, but there is so much work to do avoiding it, that it really isn’t worth thinking about until you have to. Sort of like the start of school.

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    kunddog  5 months ago

    It’s not suppose to make sense. It’s just part of human nature to look for patterns and meaning whether they are true or not. Thats how we survived as a species,

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    Otis Rufus Driftwood  5 months ago

    Is this the best ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ strip of them all? I feel it may be.

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    mindjob  5 months ago

    To a bird, life ends where pane glass windows begin

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    The Wolf In Your Midst  5 months ago

    Unfortunately, when most people “grow up”, they just stop having thoughts like these.

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    josh_bisbee  5 months ago

    Sadly, it never does.

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    BilboDaddy  5 months ago

    Ahhhh… the innocence of youth.

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    rentier  5 months ago

    A bird has only two Legs. This bird has four ones. And under the colourful bird is a black one! I don’t really understand this!

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    T...  5 months ago

    Sunday morning sermon in the Church of Calvin. As a Calvanist I say Amen…

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    anomaly  5 months ago

    Might be a refusal to accept life for what it is.

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    BiggerNate91  5 months ago

    If only

    All I gotta say to that

    If only

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    wiley207  5 months ago

    Definitely one of their best strips. I love that photorealistic dead bird sketch in the first panel. I definitely thought of this strip a couple times I was working at Walmart and I had to dispose of a dead sparrow that most likely hit the doors. (Sparrows were always getting in and out of the store.)

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    pchemcat  5 months ago

    I am not used to Calvin being so sweet and introspective. Thanks.

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    willie_mctell  5 months ago

    Shouldn’t Hobbes be saying something like “Nasty, brutish, and short?”

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    Purple People Eater  5 months ago

    I’m 65 years old, and it still doesn’t make sense to me.

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    sperry532  5 months ago

    Interesting. This was drawn some 26 years before Olaf sang “This will all make sense when I am older” in Frozen II. (“When I Am Older” Josh Gad as Olaf).

    Some things never change. (Also a song from Frozen II performed by the cast.)

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    Curiosity Premium Member 5 months ago

    Nope. Never does, and I’ll never see 70 again. You do learn to live with it, and appreciate the good parts while trying not to dwell too much on the not-so-good.

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    rgcviper  5 months ago

    A deep, thought-provoking comic today. Thank you, Mr. Watterson.

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    dv  5 months ago

    I was really expecting in the last panel for him to go decide to poke it with a stick

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    Gent  5 months ago

    Even after so many years and so many reruns, this comic still one of the best of the best that runs today!

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    Birdman47  5 months ago

    Calvin really has a sensitive mature side after all and feels empathy. Very touching.

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    This one installment speaks volumes. Watterson was a genius…

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    hagarthehorrible  5 months ago

    Never mind, It will never make sense even if you grow up buddy. Enjoy your sunny day under the tree shade with your comrade, Hobbes.

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    FicklePickle  5 months ago

    I’m confused, Calvin can be so self-absorbed and then he gets deeply reflective.

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    liberalnlovinit  5 months ago

    And then Hobbes goes back to eat the bird…

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    steve7701 Premium Member 5 months ago

    One of the greatest strips in history. I hope Watterson won a Pulitzer Prize at some point. If not a Nobel!

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