Calvin of Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes spent a fair amount of his time wrecking things. You’re going to break a few lamps when you’re running around the house being chased by a tiger – it happens. Matt J. Michel, editor of the the parody science journal Proceedings of the Natural Institute of Science, put his free time to good use and estimated just how much it would cost to cover damages when raising a kid like Calvin.
He went through every published comic and noted every instance where Calvin did damage on the page or when someone referenced damage Calvin caused. Michel then went to Amazon.com to look for the costs of comparable items. In the end, it was over $15,000. His results:
In total, Calvin caused an estimated $15,955.50 worth of damage over the duration of the comic strip (Figure 1). Damage ranged from a broken glass jar ($2 from amazon.com) to a flooded house ($4,798.83 from homewyse.com). Taking into account Watterson’s sabbaticals (see Figure 1) and the November start to the comics, Calvin caused $1,850.55 of damage per year. For context, the USDA estimates that middle-income families spend an estimated $1,750 per year on child care and education for 6 year-olds. In fact, the amount of damage caused by Calvin would rank 4th out of the USDA’s categories in annual expenditures, behind Housing, Food, and Transportation, and ahead of Education, Miscellaneous, Health Care, and Clothing.
Read the full report at PNIS. By the way, read that acronym slowly. Then skip around their site and note the sections called “HARD” and “SOFD.” Other articles on the site include “Assessment of the frequency with which men think of things: chicken wings” and “A Shakespearean translation of the last rap battle in 8 Mile, with a subsequent analysis of its quality.”
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Mash ups. Sometimes they make us groan, but every once in awhile we see one that really fits.
Case in point: when Guardians of the Galaxy meets Calvin and Hobbes in this fanart by Adi Fitri.
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Calvin & Hobbes fans will no doubt be super impressed by this embroidered scene created by Redditor lhartrich. She made the piece for her son’s birthday and says it’s the most detailed work she’s ever tackled. Basically, she made a copy of an illustration on the back of a Calvin & Hobbes book, transferred it to fabric, and filled in the color with DMC floss. The embroidery floss colors didn’t match the original art one hundred percent, but it was close enough.
Though the Calvin & Hobbes piece isn’t for sale, you can check out more Laura’s work (and maybe even make a custom request) in her Etsy shop, Tiny Scissor Times.
I was obsessed with Calvin and Hobbes and The Far Side as a kid. When those strips were shut down in 1995 I completely abandoned newspaper comics. Clearly, I should have been following Pearls Before Swine because I would have been very curious to know why panels in some of his recent comics looked a hell of a lot like something Bill Watterson would draw.
Well guess what.
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Previous installments of the “Badass” series by DeviantARTist Tohad have been featured on Nerd Approved, and we are super exited to see new additions all about your favorite childhood characters – with a seriously twisted but loving twist.
I will never look at Rugrats the same way again.
Head after the break to see more.
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Bill Watterson doesn’t give many interviews; however, Mental Floss managed to snag one with the creator of Calvin And Hobbes for their December issue. They’ve posted some of the interview online and have addressed one of the obvious questions: will Calvin and Hobbes ever be animated?
The familiar characters seem perfect for an on-screen adaptation and some have taken it upon themselves to animate them. But, Watterson points out that film is a different game. When Mental Floss specifically pointed out the competency of Pixar, Watterson replied:
The visual sophistication of Pixar blows me away, but I have zero interest in animating Calvin and Hobbes. If you’ve ever compared a film to a novel it’s based on, you know the novel gets bludgeoned. It’s inevitable, because different media have different strengths and needs, and when you make a movie, the movie’s needs get served. As a comic strip, Calvin and Hobbes works exactly the way I intended it to. There’s no upside for me in adapting it.
Selfishly, I’m bummed because I’d love to see the comic strip introduced to a new generation in that medium. They’ll probably find it in print anyway, but I think a movie would be a more direct route. You’ve got to respect Watterson’s wishes though, and I do admire him for sticking to his guns.
Be sure to go to Mental Floss to read more of the long interview excerpt.
Frank Herbert’s Dune is full of wisdom that you can extract and apply to your life and beliefs. Bill Watterson’s Calvin & Hobbes is likewise full of smart teachings and commentary on our existence. So what if you put the two together? You get Calvin & Muad’Dib. The Tumblr site applies the words of Dune with Calvin & Hobbes comics and it’s more wonderful than you can imagine.
More comics after the break.
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Batman and Spider-Man collide with Calvin and Hobbes in this art by Timothy Lim. He’s taken two well-known Calvin and Hobbes strips and turned them into Batman and Spider-Man comics and the result is fantastic. I think the Batman version wins because, shark.
See the Batman version after the break (click the images to enlarge)…
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The kickstarter-funded Calvin and Hobbes documentary, Dear Mr. Watterson, has snagged a distribution deal that will be bringing it theaters across the US starting on November 15th. The documentary features an all-star cast including Berkeley Breathed (Bloom County), Bill Amend (Foxtrot), Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine) and Seth Green (Robot Chicken and Family Guy) all talking about how much the love the comic. There are also plenty of fans gushing about how much the most adorable duo in comics has affected their lives.
And if you were wondering, it doesn’t appear as though Watterson himself was involved with the film. Naturally.
See the trailer after the break…
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