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3D “Calvin & Hobbes” Comic Strip Brings the Duo to Life in an All-New Way


Bill Waterson’s “Calvin & Hobbes” is the stuff of comic strip legend. They’ve lived entirely on the page, never making the leap to film or other mediums like fellow strips “The Peanuts” and “Marmaduke.” However, a devoted fan has helped nudge the popular characters towards the 21st century by creating an interactive 3D version of a Calvin & Hobbes strip.

Artist Gabriel de Laubier recreated the June 21, 1991 strip criticizing the lackluster naming of “The Big Bang,” but not in the colorful, CGI, voice-acted way that many comic strip characters are brought to life.

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World’s first Snoopy Museum is opening in Tokyo


The world’s first Snoopy Museum, dedicated to the work of Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz, opens this weekend in Tokyo.

A satellite of the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center, the Snoopy Museum will feature original art by Schulz, beginning with “My Favorite Peanuts,” an exhibition of 60 strips selected by his wife Jean Schulz.

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Berkeley Breathed’s ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ gag wins April Fools’ Day


Bloom County creator Berkeley Breathed kicked off April 1 by announcing that he’s acquired the beloved Calvin and Hobbes from the famously reclusive Bill Watterson, who’s “out of the Arizona facility, continent and looking forward to some well-earned financial security.” Accompanied by a photo of an elderly man who’s definitely not Watterson, it’s a funny enough joke, but Breathed was only getting started.

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Fake ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ strip sells for $14,100


A purported original Calvin and Hobbes strip signed by Bill Watterson sold over the weekend on eBay for $14,100. There’s just one problem — well, two if you count the seller had no sales history: It’s the fabled “pills” strip, which pops up from time to time, only to be quickly discredited.

The strip in question is the well-traveled one — it’s sometimes described as the unpublished “final” installment — in which a now-medicated Calvin is more interested in completing his school report than playing with Hobbes, who, in the final heartbreaking panel, reverts to stuffed-animal form. It’s appeared in a variety of formats, both in color and in black and white.

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‘Bloom County’ creator crafts ‘Star Wars’ parody poster: ‘Dork Wars: Adulthood Takes A Nap’


Revered creator of “Bloom County,” Berkeley Breathed, has drawn a satirical rendition of the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” poster, packed with characters from his own comic strip.

Known for his biting satire, Breathed revived his “Bloom County” strip after a significant hiatus earlier this year, to much acclaim. While the artist is usually expending his creative energy to roast the likes of Donald Trump, Breathed took time to poke fun at the enormous hype of “The Force Awakens.”

Check out Breathed’s full poster for “Dork Wars: Adulthood Takes a Nap,” featuring the likes of “Bloom County’s” Opus, Steve Dallas and Bill the Cat as Rey, Kylo Renn as a Stormtrooper, respectively, below:

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‘Calvin and Hobbes’ turns 30 but remains timeless

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Thirty years ago today, we learned that tigers can be captured using tuna fish sandwiches.

That’s how cartoonist Bill Watterson introduced the world to precocious 6-year-old Calvin and his cynical stuffed tiger (and best friend) Hobbes. And the rest, as they say, is history.

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Cartoonist translates iTunes Terms and Conditions into downright readable document

Cartoonist R. Sikoryak is graphically translating the iTunes contract in the style of celebrated artists.

Cartoonist R. Sikoryak is graphically translating the entire iTunes contract in the style of comics’ most celebrated luminaries.

The iTunes’ Terms and Conditions agreement has got to be the least-read-yet-most-signed contract in human history. For pages and pages (and a nearly limitless downward digital scroll), it enumerates Apple’s latest subtle shifts in policy regarding the ways we purchase, license and “own” music and media acquired through the most influential online marketplace to date. Who reads those things? Who could even pretend to? Can one even imagine a more arduous task than going through that document, line by line, and trying to parse what exactly it is we are all signing on for?

But ah, the magic of comics. Cartoonist R. Sikoryak, whose work has appeared in Drawn and Quarterly and The New Yorker, is publishing his painstakingly thorough, unabridged graphic adaptation of the iTunes Terms and Conditions agreement on Tumblr. This version of the contract is no mere dry rendering of legalese — instead, Sikoryak has transformed the document into a showcase of styles from talent all across the history of comics, making each page an experiment in the diverse visual language of the medium’s most beloved luminaries.

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Happy 65th birthday, ‘Peanuts’


Sixty-five years ago today, good ol’ Charlie Brown strolled across the comics page, blissfully unaware that he was the subject of Shermy’s admiration and scorn. “Oh, how I hate him!” exclaimed the little boy, who would be all but forgotten in later years.

However, readers didn’t hate Charlie Brown, and eventually Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts grew from just nine newspapers to, at its peak, more than 2,600. Just two days after the strip’s debut, Schulz added Snoopy, followed over the next few years by Violet, Schroeder, Lucy, Linus and Pig-Pen, characters that, unlike Shermy and the original Patty, that have stood the test of time.

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‘Bloom County’s’ Bill and Opus are running for president, again


If you’re not already experiencing deja vu from a 2016 campaign populated by a Clinton, a Bush, a billionaire reality star who’s often threatened a presidential run, and a gaggle of hopefuls long past their sell-by dates, this may do the trick: Opus and Bill the Cat have thrown their tattered hats into the political ring once more.

It’s of course not entirely unexpected, as Bloom County creator Berkeley Breathed credits Donald Trump’s presidential bid with inspiring the recent online revival of the beloved comic strip. You see, in the waning days of the original Bloom County, which ended in August 1989, Trump was fatally injured and his brain transferred into the body of Bill the Cat, the near-catatonic drug-abusing televangelist/heavy-metal superstar/presidential candidate. The tycoon-cat subsequently bought the comic strip and fired all of its characters.

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Should you use ‘Latino’ or ‘Hispanic’? This comic may help

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If you think the terms “Latino” and “Hispanic” are interchangeable, well, you’re wrong. But artist Terry Blas is there to help with an informative — and entertaining — comic on Vox called “You Say Latino.” Using humor and elements from his own background, Blas offers a quick-and-easy lesson in language, culture and geography.

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Happy birthday, Snoopy


To celebrate Snoopy’s birthday (and promote the upcoming animated feature), the producers of The Peanuts Movie have released a video in which director Steve Martino shows us out to draw everyone’s favorite beagle.

Why Aug. 10, when the character’s first appearance was on Oct. 4, 1950? It dates back to a 1968 Peanuts storyline by Charles M. Schulz, in which Snoopy is awakened by Linus in the middle of the night for a “secret mission” that turns out to be a surprise party. re-ran that series just last week.

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‘Peanuts’ declares today National Franklin Day


Peanuts is celebrating the 47th anniversary of the beloved comic strip’s first African-American character by declaring today National Franklin Day.

It’s a bit of promotion tied to the upcoming 3D-animated feature The Peanuts Movie, but it casts a welcome spotlight on Charlie Brown’s longtime friend, who was introduced by Charles M. Schulz on this day in 1968.

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‘The Beano’s’ ‘Numskulls’ finally takes aim at ‘Inside Out’


Inside Out, Pixar’s heartwarming animated comedy about the anthropomorphized emotions within the mind of an 11-year-old girl, has struck a chord with critics and audiences alike, earning more than $550 million worldwide. However, more than a few readers of the U.K. magazine The Beano have pointed out the hit film’s premise bears a striking resemblance to “The Numskulls,” the long-running comic strip about tiny technicians who live inside the mind of a boy named Edd.

Long silent about the similarities, the editors of The Beano finally responded today with a special “Numskulls”-themed issue in which Edd goes to see Inside Out. The Numskulls are unimpressed, taking digs at the film — “What am I looking at!? A giant mirror!?” — until they realize the movie is making millions.

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At 62, eternal teenager Bazooka Joe is getting a makeover


Bazooka Candy Brands thinks it’s time for a new Bazooka Joe — Bazooka Joe 2.0, if you will.

The division of Topps has enlisted four artists to develop new looks for the 62-year-old (yet eternally youthful) character, whose tiny comic strips encased the company’s pink bubblegum until a couple of years ago.

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UN Women hosts comic competition focused on gender equality

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Taking on the issue of gender equality, a United Nations organization has launched a competition intended to spotlight women’s rights through comics.

Organized by UN Women, with the help of the European Commission, the Belgian Development Cooperation and UNRIC, Gender Equality: Picture It! is open to residents of the European Union ages 18 to 28. “Show us what comes to your mind when you reflect on women’s rights and empowerment and on the relationship between women and men,” the website states.

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