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For Calvin and Hobbes Fans

This is AWESOME. BRILLIANT, even.

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The very best use I've ever seen snow put to!

Michele, now you know what you have to do, don't you?

Time to rumble - demented snowman style!

(After all, you've actually got the snow there. I'd love to make my own homage, but it's a little hard to sculpt when your only medium is wind chill.)

yawn

You waste a "brilliant" on that?

As opposed to your "brilliant" commentary?

That's the best fucking thing I've seen in a long time.

Oh, how I love Calvin and Hobbes. I so miss them.

That's GREAT! I Love Calvin and Hobbes--I miss them.

I'll quibble. It's a brilliant idea, awesome even, but I'm going to ding him on a couple of things.

1. the photos in the dark really detract from the effect.

2. The use of red paint (?) to simulate blood.

I think the genius of C&H's snow sculptures was the fact that there was no color, just the snow itself and the props like limbs and hats.

"Blood" cheapens the effect, sorta like throwing a gimme cap onto the mona lisa.

Ahhh, the demented snowmen were always my favorite! C&H was my favorite cartoon ... almost as twisted as The Far Side. Thanks, Michele!

As a teacher, I find the 'Calvins' are my favorite students.

bryan: The use of red paint (?) to simulate blood.

The cartoonist gets to "cheat" by using black ink to depict the snowmen's mouths and gaping wounds. Kinda tough to recreate the visual effect with just snow and props, so no points off for the red paint.

Yeah, I thought the red added a dimension that was absent in the strips. That's just great stuff.

A new generation of Calvin & Hobbes fans is coming up. I have a couple of C&H books and my granddaughter who had never heard of them went nuts. She was laughing and giggling and had to make copies to take home to her friends, so I sent her a bunch for her birthday.

I wonder if that guy will marry me.

I loved it ..and suffered great pangs of missing C&H yet again. I admit the red was a little distracting...do snowpeople really bleed red blood? Or would have dark blue worked better?

I loved the strip where all the snowmen were lined up along the pathway saluting Calvin's dad as he left for work...or the one about the anatomically correct snowman (after Susie had made a snowwoman with boobs)

Fabulous work. Brilliant even.

And I miss Calvin too.

The cartoonist gets to "cheat" by using black ink to depict the snowmen's mouths and gaping wounds. Kinda tough to recreate the visual effect with just snow and props, so no points off for the red paint.

Wrong. If you will notice, the black ink is depicting shadows in the mouth, as the scene is depicted during the day. Given Watterson's well-developed artistic talent, he's obviously fooled you.

It's not difficult to recreate the effect with just snow if you take the photos in daylight!

So YES, points off for the cheap red paint. It doesn't add a dimension that's missing from the originals, because you are assuming that you can add to such greatness as the original demented snowmen.

I think it's a lot like Ted Turner's controversial efforts to colorize old movies.

Again, I should mention that I thought it was a very clever, original idea. But the red paint is just so wrong.

Totally off topic, but Bryan using the word "wrong" made me think of that wonderfully funny TV ad with the baby in the striped outfit talking out the side of his mouth and saying that while his mom eats these fabulous looking sandwiches, she gives him strained peas. He looks at the camera, and says, I love the the gal, but that's just not right.

Must have seen it 20 times, but I laugh just as much as I did the first time. In fact, it's even funnier because you can appreciate the little details.

As for C&H, for years, I waited for a book of new cartoons, but I guess it's not happeneing.

bryan: Wrong. If you will notice, the black ink is depicting shadows in the mouth, as the scene is depicted during the day. ... It's not difficult to recreate the effect with just snow if you take the photos in daylight!

I guess that's believable if you've never seen actual snow. If you just carve a mouth into a snowman, it won't look nearly as defined as the high-contrast C&H cartoons.

bryan: Given Watterson's well-developed artistic talent, he's obviously fooled you.

What does that even mean? He fooled me into thinking the dark areas were something other than shadows?

I guess that's believable if you've never seen actual snow. If you just carve a mouth into a snowman, it won't look nearly as defined as the high-contrast C&H cartoons.

Unless you've seen actual one-point source sunlight. Granted, shooting photos of snow isn't going to happen using your one-shot camera, but it can be done.

This is the most retarded argument ever.

This is the most retarded argument ever.

I dunno - haven't you been reading Fark? Anyway, you started the thread. So your fault.

I've gotta side with MDP here. Watterson was able to delineate clear boundaries (see the edges of the cannonball hole, for example) - the same effect isn't going to show up in a photograph, no matter how sharp the snowman's edges, no matter what light source. Granted, the "blood" isn't quite the right color, so I would have preferred a little line drawing with charcoal over the red paint, but all in all, I think it's a creative way to enhance the contrast of the snow sculpture.

michele: This is the most retarded argument ever.

Yes, it probably is. I'm just irritated that people nitpick derMoerder's fantastic snow tableau.

As am I.