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Calvin and Hobbescast

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There's treasure everywhere! Hop into the transmogrifier and turn youself into a kid again (ok, fine...just use the time machine) as Nathan looks at Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes one glorious strip at a time. Yukon Ho!

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45: "Female roommates" Jan 1st, 1986

April 8th, 2022

4:15

In this strip, Calvin's dad gets the 3rd degree about his lifestyle choices from Calvin.  We do some sleuthing to figure out what they're talking about, and what words mean.

44: "Plate of toxic waste" Dec 31, 185

March 4th, 2022

4:35

Picky eaters of the world unite.  Let us find some sort of mutagen to turn us into the heroes of taste we know ourselves to be.  Nah, I'm just joshin'.  In this strip of Calvin and Hobbes, Calvin learns that when you …

43: "A million murders" Dec 30th, 1985

November 2nd, 2021

4:57

Second (and final) episode recorded in the mountains for some reason.  The number of audio issues has gone up, but not as high as the number of …

42: "Your stupid chromosome'" Dec 29th, 1985

September 13th, 2021

9:54

On this we learn a little about gender expression, and why we must never assume the gender of killer oatmeal.  This episode was recorded in beautiful …

41: "Play 'house'" Dec 28th, 1985 (EXTENDED)

February 20th, 2021

6:29

How do you play house?  It probably depends on how you were raised.  Susie Derkins gives us some insight into her home life in this thrilling strip of Calvin and Hobbes, and I talk about it of course.

40: "What are you DOING to the coffee table?" Dec 27th, 1985

January 1st, 2021

3:59

It's been 25 years since we said goodbye to Calvin and Hobbes with one of the greatest and most iconic comic strips of all time.  THIS strip about the nails in a coffee table...also happened...earlier.

39: "...mom will notice we're missing by then" Dec 26, 1985

November 24th, 2020

6:44

It's the debut of the snowy sled-style strip.  Enjoy now, ok?

38: "You squeeze my tears out" Dec 25, 1985 (Nathan host)

November 9th, 2020

4:50

In this episode we again learn that Christmas isn't about presents, but more about your presence.  Calvin and Hobbes teach us this on a very special …

37: "As soon as he drops the bag down" Dec 24, 1985 (Sean solo)

October 12th, 2020

11:47

It's flue season!  On Christmas eve you have to do a few things:

  • go to bed early
  • leave out milk and cookies
  • plan to steal presents and keep Santa …

36: "Hobbes' Loot" Dec 23, 1985 (Sean solo)

September 20th, 2020

12:25

It's a stockings and sandles epic on Calvin and Hobbescast with guest hose Sean German!

35: "Our Fortress" Dec 22, 1985 (w/ Alice Lauren)

August 6th, 2020

13:47

Some people say "keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer," others say: "Hey, I'm gonna keep my friends close but NOT my enemies because I don't like them."  Well sometimes your friend turns out to be your …

34: "Lost" Dec 21, 1985 (Nathan for you, again)

August 1st, 2020

4:16

When you're out exploring, you want to make sure you don't want to run out of food, water, or vocabulary words.   If you've forgotten "lost," "mommy" …

33: "Pittsburgh" Dec 20, 1985 (Nathan hosts)

July 1st, 2020

5:01

Calvin and Hobbes are at it again!  If by "it," you mean laying down on the grass and laying some big philosophical questions on each other.  Plus, Pittsburgh, PA!  Is it good or is it bad?  Do you know?  Because I …

32: "Making speed bumps" Dec 19, 1985 (Guest host SEAN)

May 6th, 2020

9:47

You ever pass some road construction workers and they're not even working?  They're just holding a sign and waving at you, occasionally talking to …

31: "Inflammable chemical truck" Dec 18, 1985 (Sean solo)

April 28th, 2020

10:26

In this strip, the child's miniature vehicular play turns to violence in the imagination.  Are the pleasures of childhood not enough to shackle these …

30: "Baseball bat" Dec 17, 1985

May 28th, 2019

4:08

If you've even had the experience of conquering all your enemies, but then finding out that you hurt your best friend in the process, I think this strip will really speak to you. Even if it doesn't, I'll speak to you. …

29: "Tommy Chestnut" Dec 16, 1985

January 15th, 2019

6:37

What would you do if you had a close friend, and then you found out he'd killed and eaten a kid. This is how the guy that wrote My Friend Dahmer …

28: "I kiss the sweet ground" (w/ Sean German) Dec 15, 1985

August 6th, 2018

20:42

Spaceman Spiff is at it again! Space Battles! Ray blasts! Planets! Zounds! Returning guest Sean German (5 Minutes of Mime, Groundhog Day Minute, Spinal Tap Minute) joins Nathan to talk about the best comic strip to …

27: "Do you know where I am?" Dec 14, 1985

July 1st, 2018

5:42

Calvin riffs on popular PSA from 20 years earlier in order to prank his parents. Presumably, hide and seek ensues. It's 10pm, do you know where your …

26: "Insurance?? What a dumb idea!" Dec 13, 1985

May 6th, 2018

6:44

Calvin sets up an unregulated pre-Obamacare insurance company and it does about as good a job as those tended to do.

25: "Then what did you watch?" Dec 12, 1985

February 23rd, 2018

6:48

In this not-so-thrilling strip, Calvin and Hobbes have a question and answer sesh about what Hobbes watched: Was it the game? Only one way to find out! No, it wasn't. Enjoy!

24: "Fine time to take a bath!" Dec 11, 1985

January 12th, 2018

7:34

In this strip of Calvin and Hobbes. Calvin is being forced to bed by his mother, and Hobbes would help him out if he weren't alllllllll wet. Also, …

23: "She's on to me." Dec 10, 1985

December 4th, 2017

5:15

In this episode of the Calvin and Hobbescast, we talk about Calvin's negotiating tactics, his shrewd mother's fashion choices, and what a newspaper is. If you like Calvin and Hobbes (or other newspaper comic strips) …

22: "Let's murder our spouses!" Dec 9, 1985

November 3rd, 2017

8:29

When Calvin gets sick he gets to stay home and watch TV. Does imbibing these programs make him into a more worldly adult, or more of a sick animal? …

21: "Zounds!" (w/ Sean German) Dec 8, 1985

October 17th, 2017

15:47

On this Sunday edition of Calvin and Hobbescast, Sean German (Five Minutes of Mime, Spinal Tap Minute) joins us to speculate about what goes on in …

20: "Orbit trajectory" Nov 7, 1985

October 11th, 2017

5:00

Calvin radios NASA when something goes wrong during a swing launch. I dunno...he just kind of drifts through the white panels.

19: "Sex Discrimination" Dec 6, 1985

October 8th, 2017

5:02

On this date in 1985: the birds had all finished flying south, only to learn that they'd forgotten their keys. Also: Calvin forms a club with only one member (?) and it looks like he won't let Susie join because of her …

18: "Squid eyeball sandwich" Dec 5, 1985

October 4th, 2017

6:43

Susie Derkins and Calvin finally interact face 2 face. It turns out Calvin's mom packed him a very strange lunch. We dive into the words and …

17: "Debilitating brain aneurysm" Dec 4, 1985

September 23rd, 2017

6:46

In this strip of Calvin and Hobbes, Calvin yells mean things at the new girl...but it's only because he likes her. Hobbes knows Calvin better than he knows himself.

16: "But do you like her?" Dec 3, 1985

August 14th, 2017

6:28

In this strip: Calvin gets the third degree from Hobbes after mentioning a new girl in his class.

15: "Your polls are way down" Dec 2, 1985

August 12th, 2017

5:46

In this strip Calvin gives his dad the bad news about his polling around the household. Dad takes it in stride.

14: "Believe it, lady" Nov 31, 1985

January 27th, 2016

7:21

You'd hate baths too if there was a bubbly bubble monster in there. Especially one who tried to drown you like Kevin Bacon in Hollow Man...

13: "Predetermined splash" Nov 30, 1985

January 21st, 2016

8:15

Games philosophers wonder about the nature of fate, free will, and the illusion of control.

12: "Atomic napalm neutralizer" Nov 28, 1985

December 29th, 2015

7:41

Spiff tries to avoid being tortured using a most unlikely strategy.

11: "Bat barf" Nov 28, 1985

December 28th, 2015

5:14

Calvin has a plan to avoid eating bat barf tonight and if it doesn't work...well it's not like he'll starve to death.

10: "Happy municipality " Nov 27, 1985

November 16th, 2015

4:30

Calvin tells the reader about his playtime scenario.

09: "Can I Drive?" Nov ?, 1985

September 23rd, 2015

4:11

Nathan wings this one with a near-perfect memory of this strip.

08: "You have a flamethrower?" Nov 25, 1985

September 14th, 2015

2:30

Calvin teaches Hobbes that you don't play the cards, you play the monsters.

06: "Try it. You'll love it" Nov 23, 1985

September 6th, 2015

2:48

In this episode, we won't tell you what it is.

05: "You sissy" Nov 22, 1985

September 5th, 2015

3:01

A new episode...but that's it. No story. No smooch.

04: "Show and tell is over" Nov 21, 1985

September 5th, 2015

3:55

Hobbes is more than a great show and tell item. He's a living calculator.

03: "Cymbals" Nov 20, 1985

September 5th, 2015

2:37

Calvin and Hobbes make a racket, but they're supposed to be asleep.

02: "Stuffed tiger" November 19, 1985

August 5th, 2015

2:26

What do you do when you catch a tiger?

01: "Tiger trap" Nov 18, 1985

August 5th, 2015

1:54

Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes started here. This is how they met.

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