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Calvin and Hobbes vs The Far Side

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Tituscrow, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. Tituscrow

    Tituscrow Banned

    Feb 14, 2011
    NW England
    Watterson vs Larson. I can't decide.

    Spent the last few weeks revisiting the old annuals I'd forgotten I had. Sheer, unadulterated feel-good joy from start to finish. Just when I thought Larson has shaded it with talking ameobas, I see a T-Rex in an F-14 :)

  2. Darth Handsome

    Darth Handsome Banned

    Oct 1, 2010
    "Bummer of a birthmark, Hal."

    "For crying out loud, I was hibernating! Don't you guys ever take a pulse??"

    "Vince! Just trample him! He's trying to draw you into his kind of fight!"
  3. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    I loved Calvin & Hobbes more as a youngin, but grew to like the Far Side more as I got older.

    Both very well done strips.
  4. Tituscrow

    Tituscrow Banned

    Feb 14, 2011
    NW England
    Oh, so it's a quote-off you want, huh?

    "Quick Hide! Cover slip!"

    School For The Gifted

    "Late at night, Reuben would creep in an conduct experiments on static electricity"

    Different Mating Calls

    :)Larson winning!
  5. Stinsok

    Stinsok Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    The Far Side is probably the only cartoon that makes me laugh, even when nobody else is around.
  6. Darth Handsome

    Darth Handsome Banned

    Oct 1, 2010
    I also remember shooting milk through my nose at the sight of Hobbes in his Mickey Mouse pants declaring, "I'll be 'cool' in these, boy. Just look at these big yellow buttons...."
  7. Tituscrow

    Tituscrow Banned

    Feb 14, 2011
    NW England
    Haha yes sir! I found the 'duplicator/transmogrifier' story highly chucklesome. Very cleverly written, and bang on for different reasons than The Far Side.

    I wish I had a friend like Hobbes.
  8. EricF

    EricF Habitual User

    Sep 26, 2005
    Pasadena, CA
    Some from Column A. Some from Column B. They both are funny as hell in their own way.
  9. Darth Handsome

    Darth Handsome Banned

    Oct 1, 2010
    Calvin's good, but Far Side takes it. It's the work of a true genius.
  10. With both authors of both cartoons should start making them again.
  11. Darth Handsome

    Darth Handsome Banned

    Oct 1, 2010

    I'm sure at some point both have already jumped their respective sharks.
  12. Tituscrow

    Tituscrow Banned

    Feb 14, 2011
    NW England
    Yeah, I'm leaning that way...but I feel kinda guilty conceding it. Like trying to choose a favourite puppy. And I always thought Rosalyn looked kinda hot ;)
  13. Blind Rat

    Blind Rat

    Apr 23, 2009
    Far Side,by far
  14. dmonroe


    Jun 16, 2010
    Augusta, GA
    My two favorites!
  15. colcifer

    colcifer Esteemed Nitpicker Supporting Member

    Feb 10, 2010
    A Galaxy Far, Far Away
    Far Side! Larson's humor is top tier. Larson's style of sketching is top tier.
  16. nortonrider


    Nov 20, 2007
  17. Jeff K

    Jeff K Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Memphis, TN
    C&H was very good, but for me, The Far Side was the ultimate. For many years, my family got me a Far Side tear-off desk calendar every Christmas for my office. It always brightened my day. It also provided plenty of fodder for jabbing my co-workers. I'd write their names on the characters' shirts... ;)
  18. DblG


    Apr 27, 2005
    Buffalo, NY
    I like both, but my vote is for Far Side. Some people get it, some dont. I used to go to the bookstore w/ my bookworm buddy and he'd be off somewhere while I'd be snickering to myself in the comedy aisle. I'd be showing him some of the really funny ones, with tears in my eyes, and he'd just look at it with a blank stare & say "I don't get it??". Anyways...

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  19. Tituscrow

    Tituscrow Banned

    Feb 14, 2011
    NW England
    C&H always resonates on an deep, emotional level, reminding us of the joy and innocence of being a kid and the way we once saw the world, but never will again.

    TFS is just whacked out comic genius, generating laugh-out-loud reactions in a full range of situations, from the most insanely bizarre to the most inanely banal.

    Both are winners. Impossible to choose, I've decided.
  20. Roscoe East

    Roscoe East

    Aug 22, 2011
    Indeed. C&H probably tended towards the more sublimely subtle, versus Far Side's more overt cleverness, but they both made you laugh out loud and think simultaneously.

    True story: My band used to "play" a particular 4-panel Calvin & Hobbes strip as if it were graphic notation a la Cage, Crumb, Feldman, Stockhausen, etc.

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