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The truth about Peeing Calvin

Phil Edwards | April 2, 2024
The truth about Peeing Calvin


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  1. @calvinbrinenestoris2357

    April 2, 2024 at 12:57 am

    While I do agree that "Peeing Calvin" is a pretty shit representation of the series, and definitely I'm not a fan of how popular it is; I do disagree when people say that peeing on things isn't something that Calvin would do.

    That kid's a petty menace. He snuck snowballs into school using a thermos one time, and he created an ENTIRE "club" to harass Susie. There's plenty more examples of extreme pettiness with his teacher or his babysitter or even Hobbes. While he did usually at least have SOME sort of limit on how far he was willing to go(he didn't actually flush his babysitter's notes, he only pretended to), I don't think peeing on something would be anywhere close to crossing that line(especially considering how he's a gross 6 year old).

    So while he never DID pee on anything, if he were to pee on anything in canon then I would totally buy it. If not with focus and intent, then as part of one of his "imagination episodes". I'm still not a fan of the Peeing Calvin meme though, I wish those people would have him throwing a water balloon or being tackled by Hobbes as a bumper sticker instead.

  2. @LyleFrancisDelp

    April 2, 2024 at 12:57 am

    I have been a serious C&H fan since it first appeared in my Houston Chronicle back in the 80s. It's not just a comic strip. It's a look into the mind of a very compassionate and humanistic genius, who chose to express himself through the art of comics, rather than through poetry or essay. These strips are nothing short of sheer profundity, and one cannot help but respect Watterson's refusal to bow to base commercialism.

    Yes, I purchased a few C&H ties back in the day, and I know they aren't sanctioned by Watterson, but at the very least, they don't degrade his art. I just wanted the ties.

    But…I remember seeing the peeing Calvin on so many redneck trucks back in the 90s….some peeing on the 24 of Jeff Gordon…others peeing on the 3 of Dale Earnhardt…during the height of their (admittedly fav driven) rivalry. Most of these redneck trucks had chrome plated testicles hanging from the the back bumper….that tells you all you need to know about these people.

    I have the complete C&H collection and I cherish it. I so wish Mr. Watterson would return to the comic world.

  3. @releasetheKon

    April 2, 2024 at 12:57 am

    I made a cartoon character named Z Snoop Slapping the peeing Calvin in the face lol for trying to pee on YMDR which is my brand. I think i speak on real levels when i say i value originality to. buying into something that can change or break your artistic ability is truthfully not always as good as people think because now the original vision of your creation is now modified to literally fit whatever simply for the sake of money.

    I had no clue about Peeing Calvin i thought he was the original Calvin so this video actually helped me realize that the modified version of Peeing Calvin is not the original so i had to literally dig because my mom thought i was trying to rip off the original cartoon also and somebody else but i was ultimately saying peeing Calvin my cartoon character Z snoop slaps cartoons who he feels are being or doing negative things in general.

    when I think about what you said in this video it revealed to me that i was using my cartoon to slap a modification of Calvin simply to imply that i valued the original Calvin like his creator did in a since. Watterson didn't have the lawyers to stop the knockoff version of Calvin but he did have somebody who agreed with him on how originality standpoint.

    because aye I created my cartoons a certain way also and i feel like hell if somebody wants my cartoons to shine heck ill buy my own damn stuffed animal plush toys of my cartoon from his original state then under somebody who is going to twist my character into something i didn't originally create. I think he definitely could have done it that way instead but for what he made his cartoon to be that's fine also. We respect Watterson for standing up for his creation.

    because aye it crushes real people to heck when something they created is no longer under there control and they can't even stop what's going on. I can speak for that tenfold. so aye i appreciate Watterson cuz he actually gave us game. stand by your original work.

    if anybody wants to see my artwork of my arwork in that way here's the link here

    But thanks for actually speaking on this cuz it really deepens my understanding I would say. appreciate you.

  4. @snipe_hunterz7617

    April 2, 2024 at 12:57 am

    This is gonna sound weird, but I’ve never had a video make me cry before. This video changed that. This video got me in touch with an inner child that I thought I had lost long ago, and the end wrapped everything up so nicely and explained everything about one of my favorite comic strips growing up. Thanks Phil!

  5. @DNFMA1

    April 2, 2024 at 12:57 am

    Funny enough, im from El Salvador, in central america, and this is actually very common here too, no idea if there is an actual reason? or maybe people that was deported just found it funny replicate it here too, something that i know is that at least in the current newspapers they keep publishing kalvin comics, im not sure if they own any rights, u know third world shananingas

  6. @paulbrown8216

    April 2, 2024 at 12:57 am

    I think peeing Calvin is fantastic. If you're a boy, you've peed on things. It's an art. As we age, it is more frowned upon – but we still pee on things figuratively. And, sometimes literally. So, Watterson never condoned peeing Calvin? Ehh, no problem in my universe. Nobody ever condoned me peeing on things either! It's just something we do when the time is right.

    Don't tell the Navy, but it's exhilerating to pee off the fantail of a ship. Nobody saw me, so it didn't really happen, but it felt soooo good!

  7. @halfcrown626

    April 2, 2024 at 12:57 am

    This was excellent. Very interesting. The closest thing I ever had to a father, my godfather, was a huge Calvin and Hobbes fan. In turn, he made me a fan. I still have all of the books he gave me when I was younger and even today, after his death in late August, I go back and read those comics. As I've gotten older, I've learned to love them more. They've become a way to connect to him now that he's gone. He might have seen some of those peeing Calvins somewhere and I bet he would have liked this video as much as I did. Such a nicely put-together video! Well done!

  8. @sakamotosan1887

    April 2, 2024 at 12:57 am

    Maybe it's because I grew up reading every Calvin and Hobbes strip many times, or maybe it's because it's so pure and never sold out, but it feels sacred almost. I'm glad Watterson stood his ground and never sold the rights. I'm glad that we can still have sacred and special things that aren't ruined by commercialization.

  9. @NickHunter

    April 2, 2024 at 12:57 am

    Firstly I agree with the entire sentiment of this video. Though at 3:17 Calvin isn't "too sweet to throw the balloon" Hobbes indirectly threatens him "As if life isn't short enough" 😀 Either way he is not the horrible kid depicted in this merch we can all agree.

  10. @timpage9424

    April 2, 2024 at 12:57 am

    Watterson just released a new book called The Mysteries.
    He partnered with artist John Kascht and It's a big departure from C&H but thought the Calvin and Hobbes fans would like to know!

  11. @count69

    April 2, 2024 at 12:57 am

    3:20 "Calvin is too sweet to throw the water balloon on Hobbes!" – Hobbes warns Calvin with "As if Life Isn't short enough". Does Calvin really want to surprise a sleeping tiger with a cold water balloon in the face? Even without the caption, it would be clear that Calvin only changes his mind due to self preservation as he gives a moment's thought to what he's about to do.

  12. @Canadamus_Prime

    April 2, 2024 at 12:57 am

    I said to my co-worker recently after seeing one of those peeing Calvin decals that Bill Watterson must die a little inside whenever he sees one of those. I'm amazed to learn that he had the opportunity to nip that in the bud just by officially licensing Calvin and Hobbes, but he chose to say 'no.' I'm impressed.

  13. @NotASnaccImAMel

    April 2, 2024 at 12:57 am

    Yeah, he's "too sweet," it's not like Hobbes threatened to kill him or anything… Like yeah Calvin's definitely not so crude as to pee on something or someone he doesn't like, but he can be a rotten little kid. That was the point, that was part of his charm. He had his good moments, but sometimes he'd flood the kitchen, or hide in a vacuum cleaner to avoid taking a bath. Sometimes he'd attempt to skip school.

  14. @mytoemytoe

    April 2, 2024 at 12:57 am

    I like the allegory of the transmogrification box at the end, ultimately though I think Watterson knew that with all the money would come all the attention and he has simply never wanted that, to become a brand, a commodity, someone the world expects something from.

  15. @artbk

    April 2, 2024 at 12:57 am

    Brilliant take on a brilliant artist! I loved Calvin & Hobbes since a child and I actually never identified that weird peeing boy as Calvin to begin with, and yeah, it always annoyed me as piece of media, even thoght it is kinda one of the most ubiqitous jst shy of being pre-internet memes…

  16. @kronos5385

    April 2, 2024 at 12:57 am

    There are so few pictures of Watterson but he appears to be the model for Calvin's dad in the strip. I know he has been offered huge amounts of money for a Calvin and Hobbs animated movie but has steadfastly refused. Gary Larson also walked away from "The Far Side" but he licensed his strip fairly aggressively. Larson didn't have many regular characters, he was all over the map with variations of them. Larson was also a pretty poor artist. Calvin was a true character, he had an actual life.

  17. @Frey123

    April 2, 2024 at 12:57 am

    It'll be another century or two, but I can't wait for this to enter the public domain. Man, I hate living in the ancient past and having to deal with copyright.

    I need to stop reading about media that's not in the public domain, it just gets me depressed.

  18. @Dex99SS

    April 2, 2024 at 12:57 am

    I was inspired after 39 years on this Earth to make a Calvin pee on sticker with my Cricut…. It's Calvin peeing on a trashcan, with the word "trump" inside. Take it as you wish…. I love it, many others seem to as well. Though there is a group that doesn't … and they typically try to kill you for it. Just how they are.

    It's not like it hurt his legacy though… not really.

    Newspaper comics saw their day many decades ago… nobody today knows, cares, reads, looks at, or is even aware of who that kid peeing on things is. They just know that it's the kid that pees on things. And if/when they do come across an actual calvin comic strip, it wouldn't influence their take on it one bit. They'd probably still find it to be a dry, humorless piece. . . As most are. At least when seen through today's lense anyway.

    Many pop culture items, icons, etc. get hijacked to varying extents, and rarely EVER does it have ANY impact on the actual root character or idea at play. They exists as two entirely separate things, usually anway.

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