Tuesday, May 10, 2005

... booze, broads, and Calvin and Hobbes ...

... booze, broads, and Calvin and Hobbes ...

(entry: Carlitos)

... whaddup y'alls? ... have you guys (and ladies (^_^)) had the chance to check out SIN CITY the movie? I really really dug it visually, and it hopefully paints a bright future for 'comic book movies' being more faithful to the source material, not only in the writing, but also in the visual style (imagine HELLBOY pushed to these extremes?) ... major Kudos to fellow 'Frijolero" Mr. Robert Rodriguez for taking that chance, and giving the "Hollywood system" the ‘proverbial finger’. :)

Anyway, right after the movie came out, I was 're-discovering' that first SIN CITY mini-series all over again, and it's even better than I remembered it, and then, today, I was checking out a "Calvin and Hobbes” book I have, and ALSO remembered how awesome these strips were.

I think this particular "noir" strip pre-dates the very first SIN CITY, then again, I remember Frank Miller giving Bill Watterson major 'props' in an interview, and you can TOTALLY see his influence on SIN CITY (along with Steranko and other dudes).

.... you know what sucks the most? "Calvin and Hobbes" (in my opinion) was, and still is, the best drawn and written strip out there by FAR, and now, since the strip stopped being published, all we have left in the ‘mass culture’ are those friggin' stickers of Calvin taking a piss on a FORD or CHEVY logo!

... aint' that some sad sh#t?!? to have created such a brilliant strip (and never sell the rights to anyone, so your creation doesn’t get ‘raped’ by over-commercializing it), and the main remainder of it today is Calvin peeing on something ?!? Can you imagine what it must feel like for Bill Watterson every time he sees one of those things?!?

It’d be one thing if those stickers were ‘rare’ but they are friggin’ EVERYWHERE!!!

Ok, now I’m done ranting, (^_^)

Señor “Soap Box” D’Anda.

8 comments:

MISSLEMAN said...

Man I here ya, I picked up the Calvin and Hobbes book they used for the Retrospective in Ohio a few years back, it's nice cause it catalogs some of Watterson's favorite strips and shows the original next to the printed version, I hear Bill is teaching himself painting and music now days, man I love that guy.

Sam Out-

rraph said...

i don't think ANY other comic strip has ever reached the level of maturity of calvin and hobbes, both in terms of witing and art...it is funny as hell, insightful and so appealing to the eye... who said you don't have to be a good artist to do a comic strip? i wonder if watterson has anything in store, artistically speaking...

caseyko74 said...

This fall/winter they are releasing the Complete Calvin and Hobbes. You can find it pretty easy on Amazon.

Sad kids growing up right now don't have Calvin and Hobbes.

Lee said...

Calvin and Hobbes, even more than the Batman and Superman books I poured over as a kid, is responsible for my interest in graphic story-telling. See new calvin and Hobbes material would be better than another lost Beatles demo.

zuperkrypto said...

from one fellow frijolero to another........I know huh?

FumaFumarolas said...

simon carlitos! death to those stupid stickers!!! now they have some other cartoon taking a leak on calvin while his taking a leak on the ford logo! it's insane!!! will the madness ever stop!?!

~656er

Trish said...

That strip is the BEST. And now it's on my desktop - yay! Has a Risso feel to it too :)
Trish

Kateness said...

imagine HELLBOY pushed to these extremes?

I'd *totally* love to see something like that. My main complaint with the Hellboy movie was that it really didn't capture the essence of the series. And it's totally possible to capture the essence of a series while still playing loose with the writing - just look at X-Men. But Hellboy did not even do that...it's like they took all the characters, and tried to showhorn them into an average hollywood action movie. *le sigh*

I so very much miss Calvin and Hobbes. And just the art of Bill Watterson in general, y'know? I wish he'd do a comic series or graphic novel...whether Calvin-and-Hobbes-based or not. Just anything new from him would be awesome.

Random aside: my current fav comic strip is Get Fuzzy. :-)