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Friday, February 09, 2007

 

The Kid and The Tiger

One of my fav



I’ve noticed that many J-Bloggers are fans of Calvin and Hobbes, evidenced by the fact that many use a picture of one of the characters as profile image.

As European, where until recently Calbert&Hobbes (Dutch names) were totally unknown, I got to know this fantastic comic strip in an unusual way.

It arrived from a friend in The US, a little torn and with occasional random lines drawn with color pencils.
I wondered out loud why he would think that would be of any interest to me.

The cover had a picture of an amateurishly drawn kid and a walking tiger. It was titled ‘It’s a magical world’.
This was the only reason I even bothered to open it as magic always fascinated me. (don't like Harry Potter though)

I read through the first few comics, closed the book right away, and got on my way to get my friend the book ‘giving presents, for dummies’.

For some reason a few lines from the book flashed through my mind afterwards.
Not knowing how to interpret it, I took the book out of the trash and gave it another shot.
While reading, subconsciously I started nodding along thinking, “that is so true”, “that is so insightful”, that is so funny and eventually giving in, burst out laughing!

I urged friends and family to read this book that made me smile and laugh again and again but no avail.
Whatever prejudices I had against those two poorly drawn creatures, theirs were stronger.

After apologizing for the dummies book I begged my friend to send me some more.
To my great sorrow he told me that the cartoonist of C&H had retired and advised me to read every book slowly and carefully.


A video, a little crude but fun.
Online Archive with many C&H comics.

Fans out there?

Comments:
Yay first and finally you updated so I could stop thinking about pesach. Do you have any idea what it's like to look everyday if you updated and to see the title and shiver lol? I like that comic I am not a big fan of any one comic. I watched the video it is crude but funny.
 
yes i think men like this. I know my husband lves it as well as my brother-in -law. I dont I have read it myself. i will give it a try. Do you think it is men oriented? or its for all?
 
In Zurich there was one comic strip in the daily paper, I enjoyed reading in every morning on my work for over 6 years :)
 
I love Calvin and Bobbes, but was I the only one who was slightly disturbed by the video? I don't know, I feel like it kinda went against the whole spirit of the comic strip....
 
Calvin and Hobbes is my alltime FAVORITE comic strip. I was really bummed when he quit.

I loved the Transmogrifier series, and of course...the Mutant Snow Goons.

And omg...Hobbes...
 
BEST comic strip. Best.
 
Social-Sorry it took so long, I don' meant to make anybody more nervous than necessary.
The truth is though that around me everyone discusses it already.

Chaverah-No not really.
The main characters are male but I don't think only male readers can enjoy it.
Give it a try.

Smorgas-I read the French version of C&H and they loose a lot in the translation.
When you have the time make sure to pick up a C&H book in English.

Miri-The video wasn't produced by the writer of C&H, it's a parody.
I agree that it's a little cruel but well it was funny too.

Catnapping-Hi ,how have you been ?
The transmogrifier is certainly one of the more imaginative parts of the comic.
Thanks for the link!

Ezzie-You got all the books?
 
Oy is this deep. Too deep for me to properly comment on Sunday morning, but I can tell you that this so perfectly describes why so many of our youth lose that special spark so early in life.
 
I was joking around hope you know that you didn't make me nervous.
 
Very interesting information.

I had no idea these were Dutch characters. I agree with the fellow bloggers, that men seem to be more attracted to Calvin and Hobbs than women for some reason. I must confess that to having never read them actually.
 
I use to read calvin and hubs. Great comics

The video was a good satire, lol
 
Glad you came around to appreciating it! It is one of the best comic strips out there! (Not as good as the Far Side though)
 
Great Video clip btw.
 
After Bloom County, C&H was the best.
 
omg, I love Bloom County! sorry, not so relevant, but it has to be said. anyone here read Pearls Before Swine?
 
Oh I grew up with them....!

I thought it was illegal to laugh in Europe..
 
The "original" Calvin, and Hobbes...were theologists/philosophers, ey?
 
Funny you should say that about men liking C&H more than women- I'm not a big fan, but I remember in high school all the guys LOVED it. The girls weren't as interested.
 
Oooooooh - Calvin and Hobbes!
Two of my favorite cartoon characters.

Although Peanuts is pretty up there in philosophy as well.
 
hahaha! just one more!
 
Unfortunately I have not yet achieved a state of perfection that I can live by all the comic book insights that I've ever seen, but Calvin and Hobbes sure would be my chief-mentors.
 
Yup
Always liked Calvin n' Hobbes
The clip ...ughh
 
I enjoy a good cartoon but am not that familiar with them by name
 
Absolutely love Calvin and Hobbes.... especially because I have my own little "spaceman spiff" who is building a transporter/time machine and would have finished it by now if I didn't stop throwing out his supplies(soda cans, broken radios, etc...). Not to mention that he constantly asks me existential questions.
 
Major C&H fan since I'm a kid. Own most of the books, know them by heart and still laugh when I read them.
Awesome stuff.

The video was disturbing.
 
Come Running and a girl-Thanks for taking the time to comment.
I’ve been away and had no time to review the comments and answer them.
 
tag, you're it
 
I don't have all the books... my father-in-law does. :)
 
31cqAh The best blog you have!
 
bwkjuj actually, that's brilliant. Thank you. I'm going to pass that on to a couple of people.
 
Wonderful blog.
 
Please write anything else!
 
Magnific!
 
Good job!
 
Thanks to author.
 
Nice Article.
 
actually, that's brilliant. Thank you. I'm going to pass that on to a couple of people.
 
actually, that's brilliant. Thank you. I'm going to pass that on to a couple of people.
 
Magnific!
 
EOVoa7 write more, thanks.
 
actually, that's brilliant. Thank you. I'm going to pass that on to a couple of people.
 
Wonderful blog.
 
Magnific!
 
Magnific!
 
Magnific!
 
Hello all!
 
Thanks to author.
 
Hello all!
 
actually, that's brilliant. Thank you. I'm going to pass that on to a couple of people.
 
Please write anything else!
 
Nice Article.
 
Nice Article.
 
Wonderful blog.
 
Friends help you move. Real friends help you move bodies
 
Friends help you move. Real friends help you move bodies.
 
Save the whales, collect the whole set
 
Magnific!
 
Oops. My brain just hit a bad sector.
 
Give me ambiguity or give me something else.
 
C++ should have been called B
 
Good job!
 
I don't suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute of it.
 
Energizer Bunny Arrested! Charged with battery.
 
Oops. My brain just hit a bad sector.
 
Lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math.
 
Build a watch in 179 easy steps - by C. Forsberg.
 
Energizer Bunny Arrested! Charged with battery.
 
A lot of people mistake a short memory for a clear conscience.
 
Lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math.
 
Energizer Bunny Arrested! Charged with battery.
 
Clap on! , Clap off! clap@#&$NO CARRIER
 
Clap on! , Clap off! clap@#&$NO CARRIER
 
Oops. My brain just hit a bad sector.
 
The gene pool could use a little chlorine.
 
A lot of people mistake a short memory for a clear conscience.
 
The gene pool could use a little chlorine.
 
Beam me aboard, Scotty..... Sure. Will a 2x10 do?
 
actually, that's brilliant. Thank you. I'm going to pass that on to a couple of people.
 
Hello all!
 
Oops. My brain just hit a bad sector.
 
Hello all!
 
640K ought to be enough for anybody. - Bill Gates 81
 
When there's a will, I want to be in it.
 
I'm not a complete idiot, some parts are missing!
 
If ignorance is bliss, you must be orgasmic.
 
actually, that's brilliant. Thank you. I'm going to pass that on to a couple of people.
 
Calvin, we will not have an anatomically correct snowman!
 
When there's a will, I want to be in it.
 
Clap on! , Clap off! clap@#&$NO CARRIER
 
640K ought to be enough for anybody. - Bill Gates 81
 
Build a watch in 179 easy steps - by C. Forsberg.
 
Beam me aboard, Scotty..... Sure. Will a 2x10 do?
 
Give me ambiguity or give me something else.
 
Thanks to author.
 
A lot of people mistake a short memory for a clear conscience.
 
I don't suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute of it.
 
Lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math.
 
I don't suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute of it.
 
Magnific!
 
All generalizations are false, including this one.
 
Magnific!
 
Friends help you move. Real friends help you move bodies
 
Energizer Bunny Arrested! Charged with battery.
 
640K ought to be enough for anybody. - Bill Gates 81
 
Save the whales, collect the whole set
 
O wind , why do you never rest,

Wandering, whistling to and fro,

Bring rain out of the west,

From the dim north bringing snow?

~by wow powerleveling
 
The need to travel is a mysterious force. A desire to 'go' runs through me equally with an intense desire to 'stay' at home. Flights to Accra
 
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