Calvin and Hobbes — Now with Ritalin!

by Joey deVilla on January 8, 2008

Comic parody of “Calvin and Hobbes”, in which Calvin is on Ritalin

Update: This comic made some readers feel very sad, so please be advised that there is a follow-up comic.

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John September 20, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Haha, right on Anna! I just stumbled upon this page and had to laugh at all the moronic comments about how the guy who posted this should be ashamed and Watterson would be outraged or would sue. The people who wrote those things are obviously NOT Calvin & Hobbes fans, as if they were, they would know that this cartoon was drawn and written by Bill himself.

jared September 21, 2010 at 11:30 pm

Hell no I Won’t calm down these shit made my ass cry and fucking 11! I hope someone shits on that guy head! I love Calvin and Hobbes I have all the books and I used some strips to make a Calvin and Hobbes desk! Now I see this shit fuck that mother fucker! He’s a jackass!

Gerald September 22, 2010 at 11:53 am

Thank you- great “comic”!

Tom September 28, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Just like Watterson… Always getting us to think of what going on in the world around us :)

Great comic.

Ryan October 5, 2010 at 12:34 pm

@ John- Um, no it wasn’t. Bill Watterson’s pictures have motion. These are all the same panel (except the fourth) with different dialogue balloons. If you’re gonna claim Watterson made this, you’d better be able to cite your source- you tell me which book this is in (if you even know what the books look like) and maybe your statement will have some credibility.

Ryan October 5, 2010 at 3:33 pm

PS, if you want a link to the comic that the first 4 panels were stolen from, check panel 4 of this one:

That’s right, I am a Calvin and Hobbes guru!

Ryan October 5, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Oh, and by “first 4 panels” I mean “first 3 panels”

My bad…

Jeff October 5, 2010 at 10:21 pm

um, hey guys. Did anybody notice that it’s the EXACT same calvin and the EXACT same hobbes in every frame? (well, minus the last one for hobbes.) Clever photoshop, and nothing to get too worried about. Thought it was kinda sad, but hey. It’s not real. and there’s a follow-up! Hooray!

AKA- Chill out.

James October 7, 2010 at 12:03 am

my childhood is crushed. why are you doing this to me?

hitnrun October 17, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Watterson obviously did not make this. Watterson never copied the same image from panel to panel. Such technology barely existed when he drew Calvin and Hobbes and doing that would violate the artistic standards Bill stands for. Also, Hobbes never, ever addressed Calvin directly by name, he only used the word “Calvin” in the third person.

Nonetheless, I don’t see the problem with it. It’s not like this is some kind of “fake” Calvin and Hobbes comic, it’s pretty obviously satire by a fan, and it rings true, to boot. The childhood of Calvin is pretty rare nowadays, with parents rich and poor mostly concerned with putting their kids under control so they can attain higher meaningless numbers that won’t matter past June.

eRIC October 17, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Joey, with the exception of a few reasonable responses, you’ve got an army of emotional wrecks reading your blog.

Will October 25, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Jeez, everyone, calm down. It goes without saying (or should) that this isn’t authentic. Stand alone, it’s an emotional blow that aptly delivers a statement about the growing parental trend of being too hasty in medicating your kids. I thought it was brilliant; it caused an emotional reaction and triggered a contentious debate, and I think it’s art.

Ryan October 26, 2010 at 1:11 pm

How is stealing someone else’s creation “art”? If you’re gonna create and make a statement, use your own material. The “creator” of this strip didn’t even draw it himself, he just stole a panel from an authentic C&H strip. If you’ve ever read the 10th anniversary book, you know Bill Watterson would not be okay with that. Come on, guys, let’s be original here.

Roger October 30, 2010 at 10:00 am

I think the comic is really really sad and funny at the same time – it`s obviously a parody but in the best Bill Watterson sense because like his comics it conveys a truth about the world we live in. It doesn`t detract from Watterson`s beautiful comic-strips at all, it only uses them to add a new spin to the discussion on hyperactive children. Well done there – I am however glad about the follow-up strip!:-) Thanks for that!!

J October 31, 2010 at 7:59 pm

Note: Parody is a perfectly legal and valid art form. And this one was very well done. Very thought provoking, in a chilling way.

James November 2, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Parody yes, plagiarism, no. If the creator of this comic had drawn the panels himself, that would be one thing. As it is, this is stealing.

Sophos November 12, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Well, frankly, Watterson could not have drawn this strip not only because of the drawing patterns, but because it would mean destroying the precious juxtoposition of Hobbes’ reality, which he tries to preserve throughtout C&H’s entire history. It does add a poignant principle to the Ritalin affair.

iqari November 20, 2010 at 11:51 am

dude, it’s just a comic, but then why am I sad?
been learning since 7.30 am and now, at 17.00pm I need some fun i see this and it occured to me to hang myself-if they can break calvin, well we’re gone :(

Rafael November 25, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Actually stealing is right as nothing you do will be entirely original, the important thing is what you do with what you’ve stolen. In my opinion this is one heck of a job, eventhough it made me cry a bit.
“The bad artists imitate, the great artists steal” -Pablo Picasso

*facepalm* November 28, 2010 at 3:24 am

1. This is clearly a fanwork.
2. This means that the author is not making any money off of the production and presentation of this piece.
3. That means that the comic falls under the Creative Commons (someone help me out here, I’m not sure that’s right) License, which states that it’s totally alright to do alterations of existent works as long as it’s not done for profit.
4. Which means that crying “PLAGIARISM” is false.

Also, this is heartbreaking in its simplicity. Well done, my good sir. Well done.

Tom December 2, 2010 at 10:04 am

Oh, that explains why Picasso’s work looks so much like Da Vinci’s! I don’t think Picasso had photoshopping some other guy’s stuff in mind when he said that. Fan Fiction may be legal, but it’s still stupid.

Chris December 7, 2010 at 2:03 pm

@john, what is your source for it being written by Bill?

Amanik041 December 7, 2010 at 9:18 pm

John, what made you think Bill Watterson drew this? This comic WAS really sad, but i have nothing but respect for the writer

Brita January 25, 2011 at 10:26 am

If that were how ritalin actually worked, it would be a sad strip. Instead I think it is just a funny comentary on how the school system expects kids to act.

Jack February 5, 2011 at 7:01 pm

@Tom – Fan work is stupid? You would honestly deny millions of human beings their right to create? Where is the harm in it? Since when has people creating fan works and sharing them freely with others as a means of appreciation EVER done ANYONE wrong? Are you truly that stupid, or are you just ignorant?

Harry February 20, 2011 at 4:13 am

:( i hope that this never actually happens.

Rachel March 26, 2011 at 3:16 pm

“This comic made some readers feel very sad”

got that right, but it’s calvin and hobbes, so I still love it 😀

thesis writing help April 3, 2011 at 6:26 am

well linux is the most difficult, but hey you wil finally LEARN how computers work, not wwhich button does what. (and if you are not intrested in that, use a mac. atleast don’t use windows)

thesis writing help

Adam May 4, 2011 at 9:09 am

“This comic made some readers feel sad”

Sure, but it did make them feel. Thus it is art.

elah July 11, 2011 at 2:40 am

“That explains why Picasso’s work looks so much like DaVinci’s”
Wow. Even if you had a valid point about stealing (which you don’t), in that one statement you have been able to prove your ignorance. If you knew anything at all about art (which you clearly don’t – I mean, Picasso and DaVinci?? gawd.) you would know that this “fan” is appropriating, not “stealing”. It’s been done for centuries by even the greatest of artists. It’s an art form in itself. And this is a damn good example. Fantastic.

Charles October 17, 2011 at 12:06 pm

As a sufferer of ADHD, I was put on Ritalin at an early age. and let me tell you folk’s.. best bit of satire i have seen in ages.. the day that prescribed narcotic does this to a child, will be the day that not only will hell freeze over. But also the day that we get back great genius like Tom Lehrer.

Luna October 27, 2011 at 7:15 am

Cool strip always have to love Calvin and Hobbes

Josh December 13, 2011 at 6:54 pm

This in no-way was made by Bill Watterson himself. It’s a disgrace to his love of the comic. If John was even close to being a Calvin and Hobbes fan he would know the Watterson hated having Hobbe’s reality being messed with. He wanted it so Hobbes was Hobbes to Calvin and He was a stuffed tiger to everyone else.

This is obviously simple photoshop of multiple frames and pictures and isn’t endorsed by Watterson. I actually find this quite sad that they tarnished the simplistic masterpiece which is Calvin and Hobbes by taking their own, uneducated spin on the strip. I know it may seem a bit rash to over-react to something like simple tampering, but when it comes to something you love dearly, you really do become offended.

Mojo December 16, 2011 at 5:21 pm

A few people have made some valid points, those of you who say “THIS IS DISGUSTING, HOW DARE YOU DO THIS TO BILL WATTERSON” I am a devoted fan of this comic strip, have read all of them (each ten times at least) and read up on Bill Watterson… This is a brilliant comic, using characters whose behavior is well known to us as being clever, creative and himself (why this comic was chosen to be used for this idea) and someone else cleverly used it to make a very good point about over diagnosing imaginative children as “sick” and pumping them full of medication

Arariel December 19, 2011 at 11:02 pm

@hitnrun: Well, he technically did, here:
But he was just making fun of that style.

ninjawafflez January 2, 2012 at 3:02 am

so maybe its fake
maybe its heartbreaking, or angering
but the way i see it, is that its truth
Bill always had truth within his comics, usually there was some sort of meaning in them that reflected upon real things in our world
even if Bill did or did not write this, it still does the exact same thing, it shows something very real in our world. I find the only thing lacking, is a humorous and/or ironic way of representing that meaning. I dont really like it either, i hate the idea of this, but who doesnt, really? im pretty sure most of us at some time did this, one day things that meant something to you, just suddenly stop meaning something, and you dont even notice it. But like everything else, shit happens, and theres no need to get all butt hurt about it.
Even if it is just fan work, its still real.

R February 8, 2012 at 5:06 am

I saw this comic around several times on the web and every time find myself shying away from it. Just thought I needed to comment here – I have to agree with an earlier poster, the only word for this is chilling.

Now, if you don’t mind, I’m off to read Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat 😀

David February 15, 2012 at 8:56 pm

This comic is excellent. I actually thought it was more potent without the follow-up, which did little more than weaken the point of the first while making you feel better.

ryh00 March 11, 2012 at 4:42 pm

I have read all polish issues of that comic book. You sir, make me real sad. I saw your second edition but “what have been seen couldn’t be unseen”. You are a monster.

Jelli April 2, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Huh. I was diagnosed with Inattentive ADD as a kid and put on Ritalin. In about three months, I went from a miserable kid who constantly berated herself for being stupid, lazy and useless to a happy kid who could actually finish all the projects she started, including reading books and starting artwork I’d wanted to do for ages but couldn’t. For the first time I felt like my brain was working with me instead of against me.

But yes, haha, ADD isn’t real and Ritalin is making our kids zombies.

Craven Angel July 14, 2012 at 8:43 pm

This photo is obviously photoshopped. They took words from the calvin and hobbes books, cut and pasted them so it would seem like the style of wording is consistent. Then they took a photo of when Hobbes had to look like a stuffed animal, like when someone else besides calvin was around. Besides, if you notice, the squares are almost identical to each other, with subtle changes which means not a lot of work went into this forgery. also, there is no drug use in the calvin and hobbes series, even prescription. Sure there’s alcohol and cigarettes in tracer bullet editions, but not once has ‘calvin’ ever been portrayed to be on meds. FINALLY – the real last comic strip was published in December in 1995, and its a strip about optimism. Calivin and Hobbes go sledding in the snow, and the last sentence reads “let’s go exploring”. It comes out of the “It’s a Magical World” book. This photo is a FAKE….

Joey deVilla July 15, 2012 at 12:15 am

Craven Angel:

Joshua November 19, 2012 at 10:33 am

^ bahaha my thought exactly Joey. By the way, this is the first time seeing this specific strip and I loved it. I thought it would have been the perfect ending to an amazing comic strip, but im a sucker for sad endings. The saddest real strip i can remember is the day Hobbes got a hole in him, and Calvin didnt know if he was going to “pull through” but his mom sewed him all up.

Josh September 13, 2013 at 2:21 pm

You guys are crazy. It’s just a comic, a satirical swing at the effects of ritalin. Something Bill would’ve done himself in a more humorous way. But this was funny, so I don’t understand the commotion being caused by this.

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