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Scholar Publishes In-Depth Research On The Cost Of Raising Calvin From Calvin and Hobbes

Having an army of snowmen at one's bidding: priceless.

But isn't Spaceman Spiff at least partially to blame?

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Things We Saw Today: Matt Smith is Shocked

Things We Saw Today

I think I need this decal on every single one of my outlets. (via ElectricStickerCo on Etsy) 

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Things We Saw Today: Why So Many Superheroines Have Bare Midriffs

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Brace Your Inner Child: New Art From Bill Watterson, Creator of Calvin and Hobbes

This pleases us.

The beloved creator of Calvin and Hobbes designed amazing poster art for the documentary Stripped, available for advance order on iTunes as of midnight last night. It's a huge testimony to the movie's quality that the notoriously discerning Watterson was involved, but he could design a poster promoting his butt, and I'd be happy.

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Things We Saw Today: Malala Met The Queen

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Amazing lady Malala Yousafzai met Queen Elizabeth II and presented her with her book today.  (via Jezebel

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This Calvin and Hobbes Animation’s Both Warm and Fuzzy

Calvin and Hobbes was one of those great comics -- like The Far Side -- that at its dullest was still far, far more entertaining than the best installment of Family Circus. Cartoonist Bill Watterson had a great thing going with his strip, because it was as humorous as it was deep. Calvin's imagination and occasional philosophical musings are rightly admired still. Calvin and Hobbes never launched into a bigger franchise or animated series -- but only because Watterson didn't care for all that. "My strip is a low-tech, one-man operation, and I like it that way," he said in The Calvin and Hobbes: Tenth Anniversary book. That said, animator Adam Brown (Ugly Americans) went and made a short little animation of the comic, and it somehow manages to encapsulate its charm.

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Things We Saw Today: The Velociraptor Flask

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Well, if you didn't already have a reason to become a career drunk, here is a very great reason: the flask made from a (porcelain) velociraptor claw. Currently being sold on Etsy, so have at it dino-loving lushes! (via Reddit)

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No Snow Yet? Ever? Live Vicariously Through This Homage to Calvin and Hobbes

And I'll Form the Head!

Jim Frommeyer and Teague Chrystie's tribute to Bill Watterson's snowmen is somewhat more than meets the eye. Frommeyer explains their process:

First thing to know is that every shot is practical.  Every snowman was built from scratch.  And it was all filmed on my dining table.

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Peanut Butter And Chocolate: Bill Watterson and Mark Twain

Olden Lore

Before creating Calvin & Hobbes, Bill Watterson was an editorial cartoonist for a Cincinnati newspaper. He specialized in cartoons inspired by and including quotes by Mark Twain. He lasted six months. But we think he did okay after that. After the jump are more vintage Watterson cartoons.

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How Bill Watterson Is Helping Raise Funds for Parkinson’s Disease

and let it be known

What you see above is by Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson. It's special for a couple reasons. 1. It's the first piece of original artwork from him in the 16 years since his comic ended, according to his syndicate. 2. It's part of a fundraising effort for Team Cul de Sac, which raises funds for Parkinson's research and works with Team Fox of the Michael J. Fox Foundation. The 6'x8' oil on board is the character Petey Otterloop from Richard Thompson’s comic strip Cul de Sac. Thompson revealed that he had Parkinson's disease in 2009. (Drawn)

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How Has Rob Granito Taken His Scam This Far?

And That's Terrible

The man pictured above is named Rob Granito, and according to numerous people, he has been ripping off artists and collectors for years. He runs a table at conventions, selling what he calls "original" art when it has clearly and blatantly been ripped off from other artists. Not only that, but he also pads his résumé like nobody's business. Bleeding Cool's Rich Johnston has been digging deep into this, and what he's found is pretty infuriating. And illegal. See for yourself after the jump.

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Bill Watterson’s College Comics

The all seeing eye of Reddit has found a great treasure: an online collection of a few of the comics that Bill Watterson drew for his college yearbook and paper (The Kenyon Collegian). Our favorites after the jump:

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10 of Our Favorite Fictional Tigers

In honor of the Chinese New Year, our Power Grid this week is full of tigers, the Zodiac animal of 2010. They are advertising icons and side kicks, they walk on two legs or four, most of them talk, and a few of them are accompanied by heavy doses of nostalgia.

In accordance with ancient Gnostalgic tradition, we will now quote Bill Watterson:

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Calvin & Hobbes Creator Gives First Interview in Two Decades

This. Is. Incredible. Bill Watterson, the creator of Calvin & Hobbes, has granted his first interview since 1989 to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. Calvin & Hobbes stopped running in newspapers in 1995, so the opportunity to reminisce may have been what brought him out of his near-Salingerian reclusion. It's a moving, revealing (though alas, all too short) e-mail interview:

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