Blog: christmas 2014

Calvin and Hobbes, December 30, 1990

Calvin and Hobbes 12.30.90

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I think the problem with the future is not only that it keeps turning into the present, but that we all act like Calvin here and expect the future to be better and don't participate in making it better. I understand that there's only so much a six-year-old and tiger can do. I think we all feel as helpless as them sometimes. I certainly do. Hopefully, though, this year can be better, and we can figure out a way to make it so.

Happy New Year, folks.


Cul de Sac, December 31, 2008

Cul de Sac 12.31.08

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This isn't a New Year celebration tradition that I've heard of before, but Richard Thompson says he did it when he was a kid. The child inside me thinks that this might be fun to try, because who wouldn't want to try ridiculous things you read in comic strips? The adult inside me, however, thinks it would be far too loud and obnoxious, and that I would certainly be annoyed if someone else was doing it. So I probably won't. Then again, we will have my nieces over for New Year's. Maybe I can get them to do it.

Don't forget to admire the lines on that couch. I mean, look at those lines, people.


Calvin and Hobbes December 30, 1989

Calvin and Hobbes 12.30.89

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While we're right in the middle of this decade, I still agree with Calvin here. Sure, we have some amazing technologies, but not nearly as much as we were promised. Calvin was expecting it back in 89, and it's almost 2015 and we still don't have any of that. I mean, at this rate there's no way that we'll have hover boards or power shoe laces by next November.

Anyway, please just sit and admire that first panel for a bit. A simple yet beautiful landscape. I sure hope those don't go away in the future.


Cul de Sac, December 27, 2007

Cul de Sac 12.27.07

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Mr. Danders, the guinea pig, is an odd character. He seems to have the ability to speak, and so do certain other animals and things in the Cul de Sac world. I'm not sure if this is merely in the mind of the children or if it's actually occurring, and it's never really explained. I guess it depends on what you want to believe.

Also, I love Richard Thompson's crosshatching. I mean, just look at it!


Cul de Sac, December 28, 2007

Cul de Sac 12.28.07

Richard Thompson, and Cul de Sac, have been a major inspiration for me. I love the writing and the characters, but I'm fascinated by the art. Those lines... I love those lines. It's so messy, but everything is where it should be, and it just looks right. Same with the lettering, which is unlike anything in comic strips. And look at those panel borders! I love Richard Thompson's signature, too. It's what you would expect from someone who draws this way.

I started out the month by posting a number of strips by Winsor McCay, who drew things very precisely, with very straight lines and strict perspectives. While I enjoy looking at that, the messiness of Thompson's drawing just draws me to it. I just enjoy the fact that it can look that way and still look right. There's nothing I would change about it. It doesn't need cleaning up. It's beautiful the way it is.