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Flowers for Calvin and Hobbes


Someone posted that on MetaFilter (somewhat grungier), and everyone agreed that it was incredibly depressing. Of course, I thought I’d share it.

But to cheer you up, someone also posted this on MetaFilter, a link to a collection of online scans of all ten years of Calvin and Hobbes, the strip that entered syndication the day I turned five. Can you believe this December will mark the tenth year since Bill Watterson stopped drawing C&H?

Here’s a Torrent link to a PDF of all those strips (187 mb).

Soon, however, you won’t even have to turn to the glorious Intarweb to get your fix of Calvinball. The entire strip is being compiled into one giant collection, to be released in September.

A couple of years ago, an article appeared in The Cleveland Scene about Bill Watterson, his reclusiveness, his artistic integrity and his future plans. It was quite a good read (also discovered, I believe, via MetaFilter).

MetaFilter’s down at the moment I’m posting this, but when it comes back up, I’ll edit this entry.

February 27, 2005 / Uncategorized


Metaphorically, if my heart did in fact have strings, I feel as though someone’s yanked them out, circumscribed the world and brought them back to me from the other side. That is SO tragic!

Give copyright information (artist’s name) when you reprint their work(comics)… please.

Matt says…

I’d love to offer proper credit, Alice, but the identify of the comic’s creator remains sadly unknown to me and the folks I found it from. But the creator of Calvin & Hobbes, however, as mentioned above, is the wonderful-but-reclusive Bill Watterson.

Look down to December 19th… the strip is credited to a one Jordan Fish, who apparently created it for the Wesleyan Argus.

giulia says…

this strip is probably one of the saddest thing i’ve seen lately… it rapresents the exact moment that parts childhood and adolescence…

thank u for having share it…


I am crying a little on the inside, this hits close to home

Aashima says…

indeed depressing…been so used to c calvin in his naughty mood…brings out d child in us too sometyms…but this strip brought me back to reality….n wat i have done wid ma childhood toy buddies….

That is the saddest thing I have seen in years, i’m not kidding I almost cried.

The death of imagination is a horrific thing to see in a child, i never thought i’d have to see it in Calvin.

um….i dont really get it. can some one explane it to me?please??

um….i dont really get it. can some one explane it to me?please??

Mike says…

It hits harder than even the strip where they went camping and Canlvin thought Hobbes was stolen.

will says…

this calvin and hobbes strip is not bill wattersons! he signs his last name on every strip!i don’t see his name anywhere on it so the person that posted this is a moron and copy wrighter!!

Lucas says…

wow i thought the worst was when calvin and hobbes found a near dead raccon and in the morning it died. Its is so sad to see just because calvin got pills now he doesnt play with hobbes.

maddie Davis says…

i want to kill the jerk who made this i am actually tearing up. it doesnt make sense. calvin is not a big kid yet and this is the most depressing thing i have seen all day.

sad sad sad, i love calvin and hobbes,it relates to when i was 6 nuaghty hated girls and played with my stuffed bear…this almost mad me cry, please please burn this picture

Stephanie says…

I love this cartoon

shell says…

This is Horrible! I feel sorry for whoever made this, they must be pretty depressed. I love calvin and Hobbes. It reminds me of when I was little and I too had a stuffed animal companion. Now I feel like my hearts been ripped to pieces.

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