I hope he's up for a game of Calvinball
December 7, 2009 6:13 AM   Subscribe

This post was deleted for the following reason: Not really clear what this is about beyond "did gives kid stuffed animal", and nothing about the thread is going well either. -- cortex



 
dawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
posted by silby at 6:20 AM on December 7, 2009


Certainly better than some store bought thing!
posted by blaneyphoto at 6:21 AM on December 7, 2009


Best. Present. Ever.
posted by bwg at 6:23 AM on December 7, 2009


The head is too small (and too flat), IMO.

Also, I always pictured hobbes as fuzzy, whereas this one is knit.
posted by delmoi at 6:24 AM on December 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


Plus, he's not even alive. What the heck, doesn't canon mean anything?
posted by Taft at 6:27 AM on December 7, 2009 [3 favorites]


Silly dad. All he had to do to catch a tiger was bait a snare trap with a tuna fish sandwich. Tigers will do anything for a tuna fish sandwich.
posted by bondcliff at 6:27 AM on December 7, 2009 [21 favorites]


I think I'm going to be sick.
posted by ciderwoman at 6:27 AM on December 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


Calvin and Hobbes was the greatest comic strip ever. I was just reading my complete C & H the other day, after not having looked at it for years, and even though I've read those comics many, many times, they just don't get old or lose their charm.
posted by dortmunder at 6:28 AM on December 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


*I'd* love Hobbes, but how do we know the kid wouldn't have preferred a dinosaur? Awesome dads don't just handmake toys, they also handmake toys that their kids love.
posted by DU at 6:28 AM on December 7, 2009


I started a college fund for my daughter, but hey, that pales in comparison to a stuffed tiger somewhat resembling one from a cartoon strip that his son has never seen as it has been off the comics page since before he was a twinkling in his dad's eye even if he could read yet.

I kid, I kid.
posted by Pollomacho at 6:28 AM on December 7, 2009


I was expecting this.
posted by phrontist at 6:30 AM on December 7, 2009 [4 favorites]


Awesome dads don't just handmake toys, they also handmake toys that their kids love.

I guess I would think this was cool if the (supposedly awesome) dad had actually handmade it. But he didn't. He put in a custom order to someone overseas who handmade it. I'm not getting the awesome here. He send an email and authorized a Paypal transaction. I do that three times a week. Pretty low bar for awesomeness.

I ordered my daughter a DVD of her favorite Dora episode from Amazon! I'm an awesome dad!
posted by Pater Aletheias at 6:32 AM on December 7, 2009 [9 favorites]


That's nice.

I'm actually reading Looking for Calvin and Hobbes right now, and currently reading the chapter about how much Watterson had to fight to prevent merchandising of his strip. Overall, the book is good (although it suffers a bit by being written by someone who is too ardent a fan), and it offers a pretty fascinating look into how the business of comics strips works. Unfortunately, Watterson comes off as a bit of a prig, even though it's in the service of his ideals. That impression may change by the end of the book (I've got maybe a quarter left), but right now my love of Calvin and Hobbes has been slightly colored by Watterson's priggishness.
posted by OmieWise at 6:32 AM on December 7, 2009


I thought this link was going to be one of those DIY projects—like, "Nobody manufactures X, so I decided to make one for myself. Here's what I did." But this guy just ordered it from some overseas seller? I guess that's nice and all, but not really FPP-worthy. You could do the same thing with Alchemy, and it'd be nice for the kid but not noteworthy.

*I'd* love Hobbes, but how do we know the kid wouldn't have preferred a dinosaur?

I was thinking the kid looks a little young to be into Calvin & Hobbes.
posted by cribcage at 6:32 AM on December 7, 2009


*I'd* love Hobbes, but how do we know the kid wouldn't have preferred a dinosaur? Awesome dads don't just handmake toys, they also handmake toys that their kids love.

He didn't even hand make it, he had it custom made "overseas"
posted by delmoi at 6:36 AM on December 7, 2009


Much better than the decals you see on the back windows of pick up trucks with Calvin urinating on something the pick up truck owner doesn't like or with Calvin praying at the bottom of a cross. Sacrilege.
posted by Daddy-O at 6:41 AM on December 7, 2009


Yeah, this pretty much counts as child abuse.

hamburger
posted by mmmbacon at 6:43 AM on December 7, 2009


I've always admired Bill Watterson for turning away from the license to print money that merchandising Calvin & Hobbes at its height would have been. That's artistic integrity I can't begin to claim to possess.

What an amazing gift.
posted by EatTheWeak at 6:44 AM on December 7, 2009 [2 favorites]


I'm going to be the best dad ever when I pay a foreign Etsy user to hand-make a vinyl sticker of Calvin pissing on a macraméed Chevy logo.
posted by Greg Nog at 6:45 AM on December 7, 2009 [11 favorites]


hamburger

Yeah, that's not funny at all. When the joke has been beaten to death and then explained on a Wiki, it's time to let go.

posted by cribcage at 6:49 AM on December 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


I was expecting this.

Gah! How bout a NSFA headsup?
posted by toodleydoodley at 6:50 AM on December 7, 2009


Pay someone overseas to crochet, and you give your son a customized stuffed toy.

Learn to crochet, and you keep your family and friends in customized gifts for years.
posted by Metroid Baby at 6:57 AM on December 7, 2009


WANT WANT WANT!!!!!!!!
posted by timsteil at 7:00 AM on December 7, 2009


*Off to get a handmade Far Side cow*
posted by drezdn at 7:01 AM on December 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


For all the haters complaining he had someone else make it, there's a saying that might be applicable here: it's the thought that counts.

That being said, this sounds more like Daddy wish fulfillment because he wanted a Hobbes when he read C&H, but hey, that's what parents do.

Also I now have the perfect Christmas gift idea for someone hurrah!
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 7:03 AM on December 7, 2009


Calvin & Hobbes was pretty much the best thing about the period from the mid-80s to the mid-90s.
posted by rtha at 7:05 AM on December 7, 2009 [1 favorite]




The overseas part was weird. Like, if I had a kid that I wanted to give a Hobbes doll to, I'd just start asking all my crafty friends "Look at this picture. Can you make a doll that looks like this for me?"
posted by 23skidoo at 7:08 AM on December 7, 2009


Aw, he paid someone overseas to violate Bill Wattson's copyright!
posted by availablelight at 7:11 AM on December 7, 2009 [5 favorites]


My grandfather, who was an ardent Calvin and Hobbes fan, decided one day to make a stuffed Hobbes. He was one of those guys who could make just about anything in his wood shop but sewing was something new for him. My grandmother on the other hand did a lot of sewing - my sister still uses the quilt she made for her when my sister was a kid.

I don't know how many patterns he made up until he finally got a Hobbes he liked, but he finally figured out a really good one. Hobbes is in my bedroom at home right now. My grandfather passed away two years ago at age 91 and my grandmother still keeps Hobbes on her bed in the nursing home.

I don't have good pictures to post, and I don't want to annoy Mr Watterson. Obviously, the stuffed Hobbes were made for personal use and with a great deal of love.
posted by sciencegeek at 7:12 AM on December 7, 2009 [21 favorites]


sciencegeek: indeed. I think when it's 'personal use only' and expressing one's love for the incredible storytelling of Mr Watterson, there's no real problem. That someone else made money on this is a bit squicky.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 7:14 AM on December 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


Like, if I had a kid that I wanted to give a Hobbes doll to, I'd just start asking all myby having some crafty friends...

FTFY
posted by DU at 7:15 AM on December 7, 2009


hopefully none of the dye used overseas contains lead, or else he'd go from "best dad ever" to "best intentioned dad ever to be sent to up the river for poisioning his son".

Besides that, meh.... FPP?
posted by askmehow at 7:16 AM on December 7, 2009


That ugly little stuffed animal is a poor substitute for that kid's raging id.
posted by Burhanistan at 7:17 AM on December 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


Much better than the decals you see on the back windows of pick up trucks with Calvin urinating on something the pick up truck owner doesn't like or with Calvin praying at the bottom of a cross. Sacrilege.

Our very own truck window decal mashup.
posted by squalor at 7:18 AM on December 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


Awesome dad

It's sad that the father has such disdain for his son that he is accessorising the child to resemble a beloved cartoon-strip character. I guess that's the only way the father can love his flawed, not-Calvin spawn. And giving a diaper-wearing, orally-fixated child a toy that was "custom-made overseas" and stuffed with god-knows-what? Might as well leave the gun cabinet unlocked. I doubt this kid makes it to age 10.
posted by brain_drain at 7:21 AM on December 7, 2009 [2 favorites]



Silly dad. All he had to do to catch a tiger was bait a snare trap with a tuna fish sandwich. Tigers will do anything for a tuna fish sandwich.


They're kind of stupid that way.
posted by DigDoug at 7:25 AM on December 7, 2009 [5 favorites]


It's sad that the father has such disdain for his son that he is accessorising the child to resemble a beloved cartoon-strip character. I guess that's the only way the father can love his flawed, not-Calvin spawn. And giving a diaper-wearing, orally-fixated child a toy that was "custom-made overseas" and stuffed with god-knows-what? Might as well leave the gun cabinet unlocked. I doubt this kid makes it to age 10.

I... What? It's still too early for this.
posted by runningwithscissors at 7:27 AM on December 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


Pater Aletheias: He send an email and authorized a Paypal transaction. I do that three times a week.

Pater Aletheias has a shit ton of sockpuppets.
posted by shakespeherian at 7:28 AM on December 7, 2009 [2 favorites]


oh my good you unlovable cranks.
posted by The Whelk at 7:29 AM on December 7, 2009 [13 favorites]


Hey, here's mild and cute story about a beloved comic strip character! Feed it to Metafilter and see what it says!
posted by kittyprecious at 7:30 AM on December 7, 2009


Like, if I had a kid that I wanted to give a Hobbes doll to, I'd just start asking all my by having some crafty friends...

FTFY


Crawl out from under your rock if you know NOBODY who knits or sews or whatevers. Or get to know your friends better.
posted by 23skidoo at 7:31 AM on December 7, 2009


The actual best thing from the mid-80s to the mid-90s.

are you referring to the fact that originally the Comic syndicate (I forget which one) wanted Watterson to do Robotman? As envisioned Robotman was originally just a shameless marketing gimmic for a toy.
posted by edgeways at 7:31 AM on December 7, 2009


Aw, he paid someone overseas to violate Bill Wattson's copyright!

Wait...did he? Let's pretend for a minute the guy made it himself. And he's keeping it himself, not selling it (or any plans). Would that actually be illegal? I don't see how.
posted by DU at 7:36 AM on December 7, 2009


I'm probably a bad man because my first thought was 'wouldn't it be hilarious if Bill Watterson sued him for copyright infringement'
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 7:36 AM on December 7, 2009


THE FIRST MONDAY OF EVERY MONTH IS OVERREACTION MONDAY
THIS MAN HATES HIS CHILD AND HE'S BAD
HES A BAD MAN
IM GOING TO KILL HIM AND MYSELF BECAUSE I AM SO ANGRY ABOUT THIS STUFFED ANIMAL
I HATE OVERREACTION MONDAY WITH THE INTENSITY OF A THOUSAND TRILLION HYPERNOVAS
posted by Optimus Chyme at 7:39 AM on December 7, 2009 [23 favorites]


Hmm. I'm concerned that in a few years this dad is mail-ordering his son his own Susie Derkins.
posted by sapere aude at 7:39 AM on December 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


I'm probably a bad man because my first thought was 'wouldn't it be hilarious if Bill Watterson sued him for copyright infringement'

As Hobbes himself said, the condition of man is a war of all against all.
posted by game warden to the events rhino at 7:41 AM on December 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


um HAMBURGER
posted by brain_drain at 7:41 AM on December 7, 2009


I'm pretty certain Susie Derkins can take care of herself.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 7:41 AM on December 7, 2009


Who's Bill Wattson?
posted by Jaltcoh at 7:48 AM on December 7, 2009


I think the Hobbes is adorable as are the photos of the kid and all, but what made me click the link was the thought that ohmigosh, some kid's dad learned how to knit so he could make his son a Hobbes, that's so sweet and AWESOME! But he didn't. He bought a doll. Lots of dads do that. It was only "custom-made" because you can't get a Hobbes doll any other way. Yes, it's sweet, but best of the web?
posted by katillathehun at 7:49 AM on December 7, 2009


OK, call me a cynic, this reads like Hobbes Blue to me.

Doll getting made overseas, implying more can be made, that it is a replicable process. If you don't want to get asked to sell them, say it is a one off. Doesn't look all that much like Hobbes, but definitely looks cheap to make.

It went from a nice thing to copyright/trademark infringement when he said he would check to see if he could get more.
posted by Antidisestablishmentarianist at 7:51 AM on December 7, 2009 [3 favorites]


I couldn't care less if he got some poor kid in a sweat shop to make it or he lovingly crafted it himself from his own hair, it was all the "isn't my kid just the cutest, doesn't he look like Calvin" crap that made me barf my lunch into the wastebin.

Everyone thinks their kids are the greatest thing in the world, I hear enough of this from all the new parents i know., like I need it on a FPP as well.
posted by ciderwoman at 7:53 AM on December 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


are you referring to the fact that originally the Comic syndicate (I forget which one) wanted Watterson to do Robotman? As envisioned Robotman was originally just a shameless marketing gimmic for a toy.

No, I'm referring to the fact that Jim Meddick did some hilarious work with Robotman regardless of marketing gimmickry.
posted by josher71 at 7:59 AM on December 7, 2009


Why in the hell is this on the front page?
posted by fusinski at 7:59 AM on December 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


Yeah, that my kid is the cutest crap could also be a sales pitch.

And for another thing this beautiful touching post comes at just about the prime buying-kids-toys time of the Christmas season. He gives this to his kid not at Christmas, when every other kid gets their gifts, but right in the heart of the money-spending season when parents have open wallets and googly eyes.
posted by Antidisestablishmentarianist at 7:59 AM on December 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


Yay! Parent hate! Just the ticket for a Monday morning.

Sorry to hear all your parent friends love their kids. Those bastards.

As for the FPP: weird it was purchased overseas. Even weirder is the looooong neck.
posted by papercake at 7:59 AM on December 7, 2009


Awesome dad read to son at night, spends quality time with him and love him for who he is.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 7:59 AM on December 7, 2009


"Plus, he's not even alive. What the heck, doesn't canon mean anything?"

Uh, the guy taking the picture is an adult. Of course Hobbes is in stealth stuffed mode. Hobbes never appeared in live tiger mode when adults could see him.

"I've always admired Bill Watterson for turning away from the license to print money that merchandising Calvin & Hobbes at its height would have been."

Cripes it would be a licence to print money now. I wonder what Bill's heirs think of his stance.
posted by Mitheral at 8:02 AM on December 7, 2009 [3 favorites]


Seriously, Dad orders doll for kid, FPP-worthy?
posted by Mavri at 8:03 AM on December 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


Too bad my dad didn't teach me to spell. Ouch.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 8:04 AM on December 7, 2009


Wait - Hobbes was a toy?
posted by Phanx at 8:08 AM on December 7, 2009


For everyone bitching about this, allow me to present a feline more to your tastes.
posted by Inspector.Gadget at 8:09 AM on December 7, 2009


Inspector.Gadget: LOLIMAGEMACRO!!!
posted by Antidisestablishmentarianist at 8:12 AM on December 7, 2009


For everyone bitching about this, allow me to present a feline more to your tastes.

Fixed that link for you!
posted by Pollomacho at 8:14 AM on December 7, 2009


Sorry to hear all your parent friends love their kids. Those bastards.

On the contrary, I'm overjoyed they love their kids. I have two nephews who I see al the time and who I think are just the greatest. I am aware, though, that all parents feel this way and so I make sure i don't bore the ass of my friends by pointing out how cute they are.

Surely that wasn't hard to get from my original post?
posted by ciderwoman at 8:15 AM on December 7, 2009


I wonder what Bill's heirs think of his stance.

A) He has no children--I don't know who inherits his copyrights.

B) He has plenty of money to live on. Since when do we have an obligation to make as much money as humanly possible so that we can leave it to someone?
posted by Sidhedevil at 8:17 AM on December 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


This are hilarious thread.

NOT GRAR-IST
posted by everichon at 8:22 AM on December 7, 2009 [2 favorites]


Isn't this kind of like giving Marge a bowling ball named "Homer"?
posted by Brocktoon at 8:26 AM on December 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


He didn't even hand make it, he had it custom made "overseas"

[krusty]
Made by children, for children, and they pass the slavings on to you!
[/krusty]
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 8:30 AM on December 7, 2009 [4 favorites]


Yeah, that's not funny at all. When the joke has been beaten to death and then explained on a Wiki, it's time to let go.

Yeah, that's not how the Internet works, sadly.


THE GAME
FTFY
Hurf durf
Plate of beans
Metafilter: A collection of unintended indiscretions before computer and Internet protocol

posted by Dr-Baa at 8:31 AM on December 7, 2009


For everyone who thinks this thread is too cynical:

The guys says right in the comments of the linked article 'I’d love to, but I’m not sure the person who made these is still doing it. I’ll have to check.' How is this purchase any different than getting something on Etsy or eBay or Amazon, with the exception of copyright violation? Please explain why I should be happy about this.
posted by shakespeherian at 8:31 AM on December 7, 2009


I was thinking the kid looks a little young to be into Calvin & Hobbes.

This seems to be the premise of a lot of the hating in here - that this is some fatherly projection - and it's true that kid looks just a touch young (maybe three or so?) to be digging the Calvin & Hobbes. But just a little, and maybe he's precocious.

How would I know? Oh, glad you asked.

So a few months ago, my daughter, who was just past her fourth birthday at the time, was going through a stack of oversized books on the bottom of our living room bookshelf. Can't remember why. She found my old copy of one of the big C&H collections. Asked my wife and I to read it to her. The series where Calvin accidentally sends the family car rolling out of the garage into a ditch ("LOOK OUT! WILD CAR!") reduced her to ten minutes of hysterics. She's been a diehard fan ever since.

Calvin's joined her personal pantheon alongside Spiderman, Luke Skywalker and the casts of various Pixar movies. The quasi-religious term here is no exaggeration: unlike lots of other picture-book characters - Curious George, for example - she is interested in the offscreen life and philosophy of Calvin the way she is with Pixar and the Jedi. Is Hobbes real? Why can't anyone else hear him talk? Why does Calvin think Santa won't bring him any toys? Could she beat Calvin in a race? And so forth.

The reason for this is because C&H kicks the everloving shit out of 99/100ths of what passes for writing for children these days. We're willing to take the odd "imitative behaviour" (her sense of humour's taken a slightly edgier tilt since meeting Calvin) in exchange for exposing her to such a stunning work of literature so young.

Anyway, she would totally adore a stuffed Hobbes to snuggle with, but I don't think I can bring myself to farm it out to some copyright-violating overseas service to get her one. Maybe bug my friend who knits sometime.
posted by gompa at 8:32 AM on December 7, 2009 [5 favorites]


Sounds like someone has a case of the Mondays.
posted by bjrn at 8:35 AM on December 7, 2009


THE FIRST MONDAY OF EVERY MONTH IS OVERREACTION MONDAY
THIS MAN HATES HIS CHILD AND HE'S BAD
HES A BAD MAN
IM GOING TO KILL HIM AND MYSELF BECAUSE I AM SO ANGRY ABOUT THIS STUFFED ANIMAL
I HATE OVERREACTION MONDAY WITH THE INTENSITY OF A THOUSAND TRILLION HYPERNOVAS


THIS IS THE GREATEST POST IN ALL OF THE INTERNET!
I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO HAPPY
I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO SAD
A THOUSAND PARADES FOR YOU, EACH PARADE GREATER THAN THE LAST
WE MUST STERILIZE ALL HUMAN BEINGS WHO DID NOT MAKE THIS POST
AND THEN DRESS THEM UP LIKE KNITTED HOBBESES -
AND THEN GIVE THEM TO CHILDREN -
THAT WILL BE THEIR JOB NOW

FOR THAT IS THE BEST PART OF OVERREACTION MONDAY -
WE MAKE SO MANY DECISIONS WITH LASTING IMPACT
FOR REASONS THAT DID NOT MAKE SENSE EVEN AT THE TIME
THAT IS WHY IT IS THE BEST
THAT IS WHY IT IS THE WORST
posted by Sticherbeast at 8:36 AM on December 7, 2009 [13 favorites]


My thought process this morning:

"Oh hey, someone made a Hobbes doll for his kid. Or at least had someone make it for him. The pictures are cute. Man I love Calvin and Hobbes. I bet this is going to be a great thread; I totally want to read other Mefite's stories about how they or their kids interacted with and were influenced by the strip.

"Oh hey, everyone is bitching non-stop because the dad didn't make it himself and ordered it from overseas. What a horrible whiny thread."

Seriously, you fucks, go drink some more coffee.
posted by Caduceus at 8:37 AM on December 7, 2009 [3 favorites]


My dad was a general contractor. One day, he told us that he'd made us a playhouse; I think that one of my older brothers had been on him to help us build a treehouse, but the tree in the front yard wasn't really suitable for the purpose and none of the other trees were big enough. It was a small shack with a big open window in front and a small door on the side, up on 4X4s just high enough off the ground to give us a treehouse-like sense of elevation but not so high that falling (or jumping) out the window would seriously injure us. One of the first things that I did was take a big box of crayons and drew little colored circles around the inside, because as far as I was concerned it was the bridge of the starship Enterprise.

Many years later, I thought about the playhouse and realized that it had probably started life as one of those refreshment shacks that you see at small-town ballfields. I don't know if my dad had built it on spec and couldn't sell it or the buyer had failed to pay for it or what. It doesn't really matter. My dad could look at it and see something that his many children could have an absolute blast playing around with, and he was right.

My dad built things. This guy has a checkbook. Not the same thing. My dad was awesome.
posted by Halloween Jack at 8:37 AM on December 7, 2009 [8 favorites]


When I was around three, I got a teddy bear in a railroad's engineer from my dad, even though I didn't really care much for trains or bears or whatever. But for some reason, my dad got it for me. And I f'ing loved it. I named him R.R. (because that's what the signs at the train tracks said) and created whole stories about what happened when he rode the rails and when my dad would tuck me in, I would tell my dad these stories after R.R. told them to me.

Like I said, my dad was probably more into trains than me, and I had know particular interest in them or even stuffed animals really -- but I had that store bought bear for a really, really long time.

Just sayin'
posted by MCMikeNamara at 8:41 AM on December 7, 2009 [4 favorites]


I was thinking the kid looks a little young to be into Calvin & Hobbes.

Doesn't matter. This kid will be into Calvin & Hobbes. Why? Because everyone is into Calvin & Hobbes. Calvin & Hobbes is awesome. Seriously, are you going to wait until your kid likes Star Wars to buy him or her a toy lightsaber? Of course not, that's valuable toy lightsaber swing time that the kid is missing. You can't wait for your kid to find awesomeness themselves, you've got to bring it to them.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 8:42 AM on December 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


I think Bill Watterson should get to say who sells shit depicting his characters.

If the guy had made a Hobbes doll for the kid--or even bought a Hobbes doll for the kid and just kept his trap shut about it--that would have been a lovely, generous gesture for the kid, and the copyright violation would be a one-off incident and nobody, including Bill Watterson, would be the wiser.

But now lots of people know that someone made an unauthorized Hobbes doll and sold it to some guy, and that opens up a giant kettle of worms. Since the link is dead, I don't know if this got out despite the Hobbes-doll-commissioning-dad's appropriate reticence or what, so I cut him slack on that point.
posted by Sidhedevil at 8:43 AM on December 7, 2009


My dad built things. This guy has a checkbook. Not the same thing. My dad was awesome.

Yeah, see, I'm not terribly handy - an understatement, you should see me mangle the mounting of a simple Ikea shelf - so I've been sort of resigned since the birth of my first to the inevitable forcible transfer of my kids to foster care. I figure the first child services intervention will come shortly after my daughter's first kindergarten craft project.

Sucks, of course, but what can you do? I just can't build things very well.
posted by gompa at 8:45 AM on December 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


Christ, what's with the copyright police up in here. (And I say this as an intellectual property lawyer.)
posted by naju at 8:47 AM on December 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


Wait, now that the link is down I'm really confused--was the link to the website of the Hobbes-commissioning-dad himself? Was he bragging publicly about violating not only Watterson's copyright, but his frequently expressed wishes that no Calvin and Hobbes merchandise be sold?

If that's so, I withdraw all slack.
posted by Sidhedevil at 8:47 AM on December 7, 2009


Since when do we have an obligation to make as much money as humanly possible...

November 2, 1980
posted by DU at 8:49 AM on December 7, 2009


It's just not the same. I cannot imagine this kid dragging Hobbes into the kitchen and saying, "Where do we keep all our chainsaws, Mom?"
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 8:49 AM on December 7, 2009


Christ, what's with the copyright police up in here.

I don't think saying 'Gee, Bill Watterson has said publicly that he never wanted Calvin and Hobbes merchandise to be manufactured or sold, so this guy was an ass for flouting Watterson's wishes' = "copyright police" at all.

Obvs as a writer myself I have more sympathy. But no characters that would make awesome stuffed animals, alas.
posted by Sidhedevil at 8:50 AM on December 7, 2009


The metafilter hate burns brightly. Like the fire of 1,000,000 hells.
posted by blucevalo at 8:52 AM on December 7, 2009


[eddie lee]
Metafilter has a lot of hells
[/eddie lee]
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 8:58 AM on December 7, 2009


Um. You can't copyright mere likeness. If there was no, you know, copying going on, then it has absolutely nothing to do with copyright. "Lookalikes" aren't copyright infringement (this is actually a major issue in the fashion industry).

Use of the name Hobbes, however, is almost assuredly a trademark violation.
posted by jock@law at 9:02 AM on December 7, 2009


12-07-2009, the day when it was definitively proven at last that Metafilter can hate on anything.

What's Bill Watterson up to nowadays anyhow? I don't think an artist as driven to excellence as he seemed to be during C&H's run would be capable of ever actually laying down his brush. He's not making comics anymore - does anyone know what he is making?

Much as I love Calvin & Hobbes, I don't actually need it to ever come back w/ new strips - it's perfect just the way he left it. I fear any relaunch would wind up as tiresome as the frequent reboots of Bloom County that we've seen over the years. However, I would be first in line to snag a copy if Watterson ever decided to actually paint and publish "Hamster Huey and the Gooey Kablooie."

Or, he can keep on hiding out in that bunker with Steve Ditko if he prefers. When a cartoonist has contributed as much as Watterson has, I kinda stop questioning their decisions.
posted by EatTheWeak at 9:05 AM on December 7, 2009


Since when do we have an obligation to make as much money as humanly possible...

November 2, 1980


Wow, Carter just got stomped! I had no idea. And we've been suffering for it ever since.
posted by Caduceus at 9:06 AM on December 7, 2009


jock@law: "Lookalikes" aren't copyright infringement

So those decals of Calvin pissing on the Ford logo-- Watterson can't do anything about them? If I made a giant balloon of Garfield for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and floated it down 5th Ave. but called it 'Chester' then Jim Davis couldn't touch me?
posted by shakespeherian at 9:09 AM on December 7, 2009


What's Bill Watterson up to nowadays anyhow? I don't think an artist as driven to excellence as he seemed to be during C&H's run would be capable of ever actually laying down his brush. He's not making comics anymore - does anyone know what he is making?

He paints, IIRC. Don't know what; I don't think he even sells them, because that would attract too much attention, and he makes enough off of Calvin residuals.
posted by Caduceus at 9:10 AM on December 7, 2009


EatTheWeak: He's not making comics anymore - does anyone know what he is making?

IIRC, he paints every day but hasn't done much cartooning for years.
posted by shakespeherian at 9:10 AM on December 7, 2009


What's Bill Watterson up to nowadays anyhow? I don't think an artist as driven to excellence as he seemed to be during C&H's run would be capable of ever actually laying down his brush. He's not making comics anymore - does anyone know what he is making?

Apparently he lives a very secluded, private life somewhere in the Pacific Northwest and does lots of paintings in the woods.
posted by The Whelk at 9:11 AM on December 7, 2009


On the contrary, I'm overjoyed they love their kids. I have two nephews who I see al the time and who I think are just the greatest. I am aware, though, that all parents feel this way and so I make sure i don't bore the ass of my friends by pointing out how cute they are.

Surely that wasn't hard to get from my original post?


A bit of an over-reaction on my part, but yes, it wasn't immediately evident that your post wasn't part of the usual "Parents are so smug they have children and I'm never going to have children and I'm so superior because of this fact!" that gets slung around here (and elsewhere) with the jerk of a thousand knees, of jerks.

I am also running a fever today.

Because my kid is sick, and likes to share.

Still, she continues to be cute.
posted by papercake at 9:12 AM on December 7, 2009


"What's Bill Watterson up to nowadays anyhow?"

Apparently he spends most of his time blogging about how cute his grandchildren are these days.
posted by ciderwoman at 9:14 AM on December 7, 2009


I bought my nephew a They Might Be Giants CD for xmas! FPP, here I come.

Please note though: My nephew is the cutest.
posted by Theta States at 9:17 AM on December 7, 2009


Yeah, that's not funny at all. When the joke has been beaten to death and then explained on a Wiki, it's time to let go.

It's not a joke (well, not really). It's blunt way of noting "what I just wrote was intended to be sarcastic, not serious." This started because sarcasm doesn't always come across clearly (more specifically, {\} was interpreted as a hamburger). Also, the wiki explanation was on the unofficial Mefi wiki, a shortcut for people who might have missed the original chain of thought.

Now, if you wanted to make your own Hobbes-like toy, here are some examples: Craftster discussion (no patter, but pictures of the unstitched pieces), fan art (scroll down for the plush dolls), large-scale plush Hobbes, and not related but spiffy construction: paper-craft Hobbes.
posted by filthy light thief at 9:18 AM on December 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


I totally want to read other Mefite's stories about how they or their kids interacted with and were influenced by the strip.

Maybe we can sing songs and hold hands too! /tear /sniffle /joy /barf
posted by Brocktoon at 9:22 AM on December 7, 2009


Come on guys, calm down, it's not like there is some sort of precedent for beloved children's characters to be trotted out and sold like a ten dollar whore after the author's death.
posted by Pollomacho at 9:23 AM on December 7, 2009


For those who actually want the boring IP details, this might help. Yes, there might be something there, but one guy having a stuffed animal custom-made (with no marketing or further business plans) is so far below any real-world legal radar that this is a silly discussion. And "hold on, let me check" is not exactly actionable.*

*None of this applies if you're Disney
posted by naju at 9:25 AM on December 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


It's not a joke (well, not really).

Really?
posted by Jaltcoh at 9:26 AM on December 7, 2009


The site is down. I hope you meanies are happy now! Which is fine, really, because a Hobbes stuffed animal belies the power of imagination embedded within the character.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:27 AM on December 7, 2009


God, the guy could've just bought his kid an antimony-spewing Zhu Zhu hamster and shut him up. At least he demonstrated a little versatility.
posted by blucevalo at 9:32 AM on December 7, 2009


And I suppose according to you sourpusses I am not an "awesome dad" for buying my daughter a seven and a half horsepower leaf blower.
posted by digsrus at 9:34 AM on December 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


Poor James Clark. He's going to be really puzzled as to why a nearly three-year-old post brought down his website.
posted by EvaDestruction at 9:36 AM on December 7, 2009 [4 favorites]


The site is working fine for me.
posted by cribcage at 9:40 AM on December 7, 2009


I totally want to read other Mefite's stories about how they or their kids interacted with and were influenced by the strip.

Maybe we can sing songs and hold hands too! /tear /sniffle /joy /barf


Maybe you can go sit on a splintery broomstick after you're done being a piece of shit, too. Is that misanthropic enough for you? Do I qualify as too cool for school now?

I mean, if our goal is to make Metafilter as horrible a place as the rest of the internet, I can get behind that. Alternatively, you could not be a prick. I'm just throwing that out there.
posted by Caduceus at 9:42 AM on December 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


Ok, this is pretty great, and calvin and hobbes is objectively the best thing ever, but. Just to give a shoutout to my mom: when I was six, and deeply enamoured of unicorns in that creepy way only little girls can pull off, she made me a four-foot tall stuffed unicorn, reinforced with a wood frame so I could climb up and sit on it. It took her five months to make and she had to like, take sewing and woodworking classes to do it. I loved it more than life and then, of course, drew all over it with a sharpie. I'm going to call her now and apologize and tell her that she is officially 457 times awesomer than this guy on the internet. That will make her feel better.
posted by Dormant Gorilla at 9:46 AM on December 7, 2009 [2 favorites]


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