Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for April 13, 2024

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    BE THIS GUY  2 months ago

    Dad should get a discount from Rosalyn for making her job easier.

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    codycab  2 months ago

    Knowing Calvin, he’d rather lose his head than deal with Rosalyn.

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    Spacehog  2 months ago

    I do not blame Calvin

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    snsurone76  2 months ago

    Y’know, I really believe that Dad IS capable of cutting Calvin’s throat!!

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    snsurone76  2 months ago

    Y’know, it wouldn’t surprise me if Calvin WAS well-behaved, but Rosalyn would lie in order to extort more money from his parents!!

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    su43dipta  2 months ago

    You don’t have to sit exactly in the middle, Calvin. You are allowed to sit a little closer to the wall.

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    su43dipta  2 months ago

    You have to understand, this “GCKKHHK” trick only worked here because Calvin is already traumatised by the presence of Rosalyn. It would not work if Dad had done it for any other situations.

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    DaveG1960  2 months ago

    It’s amazing that the babysitter has more control over Calvin than his parents do….

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    Mediatech  2 months ago

    And it was the beginning of a nice quiet evening for all, somewhere else on the continent.

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    saylorgirl  2 months ago

    Good one dad! I think you put fear in your son. Ah, but how soon children forget. Right Calvin?

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    Jayalexander  2 months ago

    Dad would just finger his belt buckle, I got the message.

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    sandpiper  2 months ago

    Rosalyn better gear up. Won’t take Cal more than a few minutes for his impulse furnace to build up a head of steam.

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    Calvinist1966  2 months ago

    So ends the first week of the reprint of the penultimate Rosalyn arc. Today’s strip with a very subdued Calvin reminds me of the first Rosalyn strip which appeared on Sunday May 18 1986. I have the exact date from Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes Sunday Pages 1985-95.

    In that first appearance strip, Calvin told Rosalyn, “You’re not my Mom so I don’t have to do what you say.” Rosalyn politely asked Calvin to go to the phone and tell him what he found there. Calvin did what he was asked – probably out of curiousity – and he answered, “A list of numbers to call in an emergency.” Rosalyn suddenly changed from polite to threatening. She grabbed Calvin by the front of his shirt collar and said, “You wouldn’t want me to have to call any of those numbers, would you?” Calvin didn’t give an outright reply but said, “It’s 6.30. I guess I’ll turn in.” Rosalyn commented, “For eight dollars a night, I don’t put up with much.”

    Calvin, of course, would gradually become more forceful against Rosalyn. As a result, she would get much more than eight dollars for her nights babysitting Calvin.

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    jmworacle  2 months ago
    Rosalyn doesn’t seem to be the niave type.
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    SNVBD  2 months ago

    scroll to calvinandhobbes/1990/04/02 if you want to read the rest

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    Meg: Much Seriousness Aside  2 months ago

    Calvin’s dad should learn from the Wallace the Brave dad. Maybe if Calvin’s folks were as mellow as Wallace’s, everyone would be happier.

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    SquidGamerGal  2 months ago

    So that’s it then? It reached a point where simply reading a book will get Calvin in trouble?!

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    Humerus1  2 months ago

    if Calvin isn’t scared yet dad can show him the belt buuckle

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    Just-me  2 months ago

    His resolve to sit quietly will last about a minute, if he’s lucky.

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    eolan59  2 months ago

    Finger to the throat means death! Metaphor!

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    rshive  2 months ago

    A subtle — yet unsubtle — message.

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    uniquename  2 months ago

    Unfortunately it’s not my favorite babysitter arc. That’s when Rosalyn offers to play a game with Calvin in exchange for his being good (no more spoilers). I haven’t seen it in a really long time.

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    6odc2pemgb55  2 months ago

    Meditation is good for you

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    mountainclimber  2 months ago

    I like that Dad and Rosalyn are thin people. More like 50s television than today.

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    French Persons Premium Member 2 months ago

    Why wait?

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    ladykat  2 months ago

    Calvin being good? Unbelievable!

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    "It's the End of the World!!!" Premium Member 2 months ago

    Nowadays, sadly a mere 20-30 years later this sort of action by dad could result in some Karen calling the police or DCYF. Sad, but true.

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    g04922  2 months ago

    I think even Calvin understands that gesture.

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    1JennyJenkins  2 months ago


    Only a severely deranged monster of a parent would signify something as sinister as that to one’s own child…

    I hate Calvin’s parents more and more, the longer I read this comic.

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    enigmamz  2 months ago

    But will doing this build character???

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    wiley207  2 months ago

    Geez, that was a little extreme from The Dad! Wouldn’t surprise me if maybe HIS dad did the same thing to him as a kid.

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    eced52  2 months ago

    My stepdad kept a razor strop hanging on the door of their room to remind me what happens to bad boys.

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    Bilan  2 months ago

    So, Calvin will be well-behaved tonight …


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    viniragu  2 months ago

    As parents they deserve everything they get from that kid !!!

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    cracker65  2 months ago

    Good luck

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    Sherlock5  2 months ago

    Good plan, Calvin. Exhibiting good behavior, in spite of yielding to your natural inclinations, builds character.

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    David Rickard Premium Member 2 months ago

    Actually, not good, Rosalyn. He’s pulling a cat and communing with an evil spirit.

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    Saddenedby Premium Member 2 months ago

    Now that is teaching Calvin fiscal responsibility!!

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    pamela welch Premium Member 2 months ago

    This is one of the funniest ’toons Watterson ever drew — LOLOL

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  40. Cathy aack Premium Member 2 months ago

    Not the best signal to give a 6 year old.

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    Ceeg22 Premium Member 2 months ago

    if only

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