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September 15, 2013 4:49 PM   Subscribe

Calvin & Muad'Dib
posted by zarq (49 comments total) 57 users marked this as a favorite

 
i did not know i needed this.

i love this.
posted by sio42 at 4:52 PM on September 15, 2013 [6 favorites]


I'm sorry, but I disagree. Waterson doesn't need the help; his originals were fine the way they were.

This is like an extended "FTFY" and I really hate that.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 5:06 PM on September 15, 2013 [4 favorites]


I wouldn't have picked a Calvin naked strip for Wanna's favorite quote from the OC Bible. Not when there are so many other Sunday strips Watersin made at his zenith.
posted by infinitewindow at 5:12 PM on September 15, 2013


I'm pleasantly surprised at how well some of these work.
posted by homunculus at 5:16 PM on September 15, 2013 [5 favorites]


I think it's not a replacement Chocolate Pickle, it's just a riff. It takes nothing away from the originals. (Unlike those damn "peeing Calvin" stickers.)
posted by JHarris at 5:16 PM on September 15, 2013 [4 favorites]


Unlike those damn "peeing Calvin" stickers.

Seriously. Put on a stillsuit, dude.
posted by ODiV at 5:18 PM on September 15, 2013 [58 favorites]


I dunno, I think this fits into a growing modern tradition of mashups of known comics with odd source text. It doesn't replace the originals, but it extends them as humor at the intersection of two things you know combined incongruously.

See also: Nietzsche Family Circus
Neruda Cats
Muppet Thor
Breaking Calvin (This one ran into legal issues)

... I know I've seen more, but the topic doesn't lend itself well to Googling. Point is, this doesn't take away from Calvin & Hobbes, or Dune, but creates new humor from their combination.
posted by CrystalDave at 5:27 PM on September 15, 2013 [3 favorites]


What, no"History will call us wives!"?
posted by GenjiandProust at 5:28 PM on September 15, 2013 [2 favorites]


These don't seem to match at all. They may as well have been assembled by random algorithm rather than person.
posted by unknownmosquito at 5:30 PM on September 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


has anyone tried mashing up dialogue from the original Calvin & Hobbes strips with the graphics from Garfield comic strips? Maybe we should go ahead and do that?
posted by Bwithh at 5:53 PM on September 15, 2013


A lot of these unexpectedly provoke similar emotions in me as some of Buttercup Festival's best moments.
posted by byanyothername at 5:54 PM on September 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


I think several of these are quite funny, but why are they in Comic Sans?
posted by capricorn at 6:08 PM on September 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


Spaceman Spiff doesn't need anyone else's words.
posted by arcticseal at 6:14 PM on September 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


Goofus and Gallant by Frank Herbert
posted by anazgnos at 6:19 PM on September 15, 2013 [4 favorites]


Ahhhhh beat me to posting this. I am very fond of these.

There's a section in The Prehistory of the Far Side where Gary Larson mentions that The Far Side and Dennis the Menace ran side-by-side in a certain paper. Occasionally, the captions would get mixed up and make either or both of the cartoons a lot funnier than they were originally written. This feels a lot like that.
posted by griphus at 6:25 PM on September 15, 2013 [5 favorites]


This is great.
posted by Saxon Kane at 6:26 PM on September 15, 2013


Anyone wishing a 'lower-impact' C&H mashup, I made a couple of them for the "Square Root of Minus Garfield" project... (trigger warning: Garfield) 1, 2.

Still, in a world of TOO MANY MASHUPS, Calvin & Muad'Dib is one of the good ones that keep me from supporting a Mashup ban.
posted by oneswellfoop at 6:31 PM on September 15, 2013 [2 favorites]


Reminded me I haven't re-read Dune in about a decade.
posted by signal at 6:37 PM on September 15, 2013 [2 favorites]


I liked.
posted by Samizdata at 6:55 PM on September 15, 2013


It's not Calvin peeing, but putting words in his mouth is pretty much the same as the Calvin praying / kneeling before a cross bumper stickers.
posted by straight at 7:06 PM on September 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


Well, no, one is sold to make money and the other is a goofy internet thing.
posted by dismas at 7:08 PM on September 15, 2013 [3 favorites]


Also the thing these strips are proselytizing is not a real thing.
posted by griphus at 7:19 PM on September 15, 2013 [4 favorites]


Blasphemer.
posted by homunculus at 7:25 PM on September 15, 2013 [2 favorites]


Donkey.
posted by homunculus at 7:26 PM on September 15, 2013 [5 favorites]


WTF? When people here said they loved Calvin and Hobbes I agreed, because I thought they were talking about Jean and Thomas.

I find it disrespectful that someone has been portraying the theologian and the philosopher as an ignorant child and a stuffed tiger. Please someone remove this thing from the internet.
posted by Doroteo Arango II at 7:26 PM on September 15, 2013 [16 favorites]


Don't worry Doroteo, this was a spinoff
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 7:36 PM on September 15, 2013 [6 favorites]


Calvin and Hobbes is Exhibit A for "Leave them wanting more"

See also: Firefly

Anyway, go back and read the last few months of Calvin and Hobbes strips again. It doesn't take much to see the point where Watterson decided he was running out of ideas and started thinking about wrapping it up. Had he kept it going it would have ended up exactly like Peanuts, which started out a very different and more interesting strip but all people remember is the pap it later became.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 7:57 PM on September 15, 2013 [4 favorites]


I am definitely enjoying this, but it strikes me that using Prince Valiant strips would also work really well.
posted by wenestvedt at 8:16 PM on September 15, 2013 [3 favorites]


...Or maybe some Stranger in a Strange Land dialogue with the Calvin & Hobbes dream sequences.
posted by wenestvedt at 8:16 PM on September 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


But they do match! And funny. My kind.
posted by holist at 8:18 PM on September 15, 2013


all people remember is the pap it later became.

Beg to differ. Lots of people--including Watterson--remember that Peanuts was seminally brilliant, and defined the modern comic strip. Schultz's pap was on par with a lot of people's best work.
posted by Sing Or Swim at 9:02 PM on September 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


Peanuts is just achingly dark when you go back to it.
posted by Sebmojo at 9:03 PM on September 15, 2013 [3 favorites]


Man. Terrible font choice. This is your chance to use Comic Sans without reprisal, and you blew it!

(I think this is great, by the way)
posted by Didymium at 12:04 AM on September 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


Mostly this reminds me that I should re-read Dune and finish off the series now that I'm not a teenaged moron.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 4:25 AM on September 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


I re-read Dune a few weeks ago and was blown away.

I get Calvin & Hobbes delivered to my inbox daily.

I know that no one likes thinking they're a type, but I'll be damned if the person who put this together isn't someone who I'd like to drink with.
posted by Hickeystudio at 4:42 AM on September 16, 2013


Needs more spice.
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 5:06 AM on September 16, 2013 [5 favorites]


Mostly this reminds me that I should re-read Dune and finish off the series now that I'm not a teenaged moron.

Somehow I finished off Dune before I was a teenaged moron (true fact: Chapterhouse: Dune introduced me to the concept of the female orgasm) and I totally need to re-read it as an adult. The last book I read was one of the "modern books" (which I didn't hate, but it had been a long time between drinks).
posted by Mezentian at 6:07 AM on September 16, 2013


Zarq, I can't think of a wry, witty comment or an appropriate link. Maybe after the coffee kicks in. So, a sincere thanks for this post. This is all kinds of why Metafilter always has a few tabs open in my browser, plus a few more great links from MeFi. With extra bonus the-links-in-the-comments-are-full-of-win.
posted by theora55 at 6:15 AM on September 16, 2013


I need to go back and rewatch I Was a Teenaged Moron.
posted by Steely-eyed Missile Man at 6:17 AM on September 16, 2013


Beg to differ. Lots of people--including Watterson--remember that Peanuts was seminally brilliant, and defined the modern comic strip.

Yes, it was. The early Peanuts, that is.

Schultz's pap was on par with a lot of people's best work.

Sure, given that a lot of people's best work is utter crap. If you don't see a huge falling off in the quality of the strip somewhere around the mid-'60s, when Snoopy completely took over, I have to think you don't appreciate why the early version was so brilliant.
posted by languagehat at 6:40 AM on September 16, 2013


Amazing - Thanks zarq for the link - my day is better because this exists.

I wish there was a way to know who created this to thank them.
posted by motdiem2 at 7:04 AM on September 16, 2013


I loved this.

But I don't recognize a lot of the quotes. I've only read Dune, none of the follow-ups. Does he spend a lot of time weirding up epigrams in those?
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 10:59 AM on September 16, 2013


He does, but they're not as frequent as in Dune where's there's one at the opening of every chapter at least.

Also I suspect that those aren't all Muad'dib quotes, but I am way too lazy to actually verify that.
posted by griphus at 11:11 AM on September 16, 2013


Also apparently the internet has decided that "People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles" is a quote by Emily Dickinson, which is genuinely wonderful.
posted by griphus at 11:14 AM on September 16, 2013 [2 favorites]


I think several of these are quite funny, but why are they in Comic Sans?

Comic Sansworms of Dune?
posted by zippy at 12:22 PM on September 16, 2013 [2 favorites]


Sorry, I had to dig for the relevant quote:

"What do you despise? By this are you truly known."

– Frank Herbert, Comic Sansworms of Dune


"Try looking into that place where you dare not look! You'll find me there, staring out at you!"

Bonus papyrus

posted by zippy at 12:49 PM on September 16, 2013 [2 favorites]


Illustrated Children's Orange Catholic Bible.
posted by ovvl at 4:45 PM on September 16, 2013 [5 favorites]


Sandworm Plushie
posted by homunculus at 4:22 PM on September 20, 2013


Looks like the site received DMCA takedowns unfortunately...
posted by motdiem2 at 8:11 AM on September 26, 2013


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