I'm not much of a "car decal" kinda guy, but I thought up this one on my morning commute and could envision it on the back of my Corolla.
Posted on April 10, 2006 to Great Ideas
I agree with your sentiment, but are you sure "legacy" is the right word you're looking for?
I'm wondering the same. After all, Watterston never authorized those stickers, they're all bootlegs. He never made any merchandise at all from C&H. Unless there's some juicy bit of Watterston gossip I don't know about!
Calvin himself weighs in on this subject (and many more) here.
I always wantes to create a small sticker to replace the Ford or Chevy emblem with the following:
I'm a pee freak!
Just to piss off the lunkhead truck owners that use that sticker.
watterson discusses this in the complete calvin & hobbes collection. no merchandise!
It's a bit ambiguous -- are you saying "screw Watterson", or "screw all you ripoff artists who are pissing on his work"?
Yeah, I meant that the people making and displaying these stickers are pissing on Bill Watterson's legacy. I guess that's not as clear as I'd hoped.
I completely agree with the (clarified) sentiment about these stickers. I've taken to giving my younger cousins Calvin and Hobbes books at birthdays and Christmases so that they know that it's not all about the pee.
I like olllllo's idea, but think you should create stickers that just say "I'm a pee freak" without Calvin's image. Before you get the wrong idea, the stickers aren't for me. Instead, Watterson's fans can go around sticking them on cars with the illegal images. As soon as I figure out a way to deface t-shirts without the person wearing them knowing, I'll add that idea as well.
Oh man, the copy for the praying sticker (linked by pagalina) doesn't even try to pretend it's not Calvin.
I live in the Midwest and these stickers are almost as ubiquitous as those ridiculous yellow ribbon magnets.
That looks alot like a peanuts character with a new haircut and shirt... very suspicious.
This just shows Watterson's folly. These stickers wouldn't be nearly so popular if you could buy real, nice-looking Calvin & Hobbes merchandise. (And if there was some big corporation with an interest in sending cease & desist letters to the makers of the pee stickers).
FWIW I got it, and agree.
I mocked up one of these a few years ago that replaces your "Bill Watterson's Legacy" with a smaller image of Calvin peeing, but haven't yet printed the stickers.
problem is, the idiots sporting calvin-peeing-stickers don't know who bill watterson is...might it help to change the font on your design to match the one used in the strip to help clue in the masses?
hey! you're from seattle? me too! i moved here 2004. i saw a seattlespiel link on your sidebar. i wonder how that game is played???
and a funny post on Head and shoulders (prev to this one) HAHHAAH!!!
Are you sure Watterson drives a Legacy?!
(waits for the groans)
My husband printed up a sheet of word bubbles that said "I'm white trash!". He'd tag any pissing Calvin, regardless of what was being pissed on. Just the principal of the thing, ya know?
That's what I had in mind. A sticker to cover over the sticker. Years ago In Rolling Stone, someone was halking circular sticker with a screw on it. The idea was to replace the Heart symbol with a Screw symbol..
I heart my Poodle becomes I Screw my Poodle
I am a fan of the cartoon and would welcome a Hobbes stuffed animal to my collection. We could have some good times!
But given Bill Watterson's clearly stated desire not to diminish his art through merchandising, I will do without.
I doubt most people who use the decals even know who Mr. Watterson is. I also doubt many of them even know the images are not licensed.
The "peeing decal" crowd advertise their general disrespect (for what?) and so probably wouldn't care even if they knew. But the "praying decal" crowd are advertising the virtue of their faith and so should know better.
These things have always driven me nuts. One of my favorite moments was in high schoool. We had a set of twins that were SO artisticly talented, and wanted nothing more than to be comic book artists.
When requested, they would draw pretty much whatever you wanted. Superman punching your principal? Why not? Wonder Woman in an S&M scene? Sure, but you are going to have to pay them to keep that request quiet (not that I would know from, you know, PERSONAL experience. Ahem...)
But one time a guy asked for a Calvin-Peeing-On-Randomness (in this case, a rival schools mascot) and they both went off on a tyrade about how Wattersons work was being exploited, and how they would NEVER do anything with Calvin peeing because they didn't want to condone the illegal use of a beloved character like that.
The poor redneck bastard looked like he was slapped across the face with a urine soaked Chevy towel.
Ah, the good times. The verbal bitch slaps. Days gone by...
why should they know better? the calvin image in its many rippoff forms is ubiquitous. they are reacting to the pissing, not "calvin", not watterson's "calvin" or any calvin book you read. they are changing the offensive pissing calvin into something they want to say. where does marketing, some guy named watterson, and especially "licensing" come in? any "got milk" ripoff saying like 'got jesus', 'got root', 'got goat' are reacting to something everyone knows, and the creaters aren't researching licensing agreements, or finding out some history of the principals involved. just because they are chrisitians and should be held to higher standards doesnt cover all minutia of marketing/licensing. even if they knew that it was from a comic strip originaly, why should anyone know its author? garfield, snoopy, calvin are all WAY WAY bigger then their authors. similarly, the book of acts is a lot bigger then its author. and even with you getting into literary criticism, who cares about the author or what they want.. the work stands on its own and any connection to reality is just details. same thing here. waterson is just a detail on the back page of a bunch of funny books. if jk rowling let someoen make the next potter book and all the legal stuff was ok, you think milliions of kids would care who's name was on the bottom of the cover? if it was painted in a different style i bet they'd care more then some name.
The book of Acts is bigger than God?
(I'm just sayin...)
most non-christians don't consider that the new testament is written by God. but we do believe that God is a unifying and inspiring force between the many thousand years that span the writing of the entire bible. nothing as tightly bound as god's invovlement through gabriel to write the koran.
Putting a big picture of pissing Calvin on your front page isn't doing any great tribute to Watterson, even though I understand the sentiment.
Thank you for that.
I hate those damn peeing calvins. not only because Watterson didn't make them and doesn't endorse them or whatever. But...criminy.. how idiotic. What kind of person puts a decal of a boy peeing on whatever they don't like? "Look! I hate Ford Trucks!" "I hate Osama bin Laden!".. so I'm having calvin pee on him? Wha?
Calvin peed for your sins.
I'd like to see one of Calvin pissing on Jesus...
Most Christians don't believe God wrote the Bible either. Inspired it, yet. Wrote it, no.
To genetic lorax: if they took down the negative ads, they would look like jackasses who want to present their product as perfect (and that every person thinks their product is perfect) instead of acknowledging that it has flaws, and that not everyone loves it. I think keeping the negative customer-made ads up is a good idea. Plus it gets them more publicity, as demonstrated by both the article written about it and the fact that you linked to that article.
james: why, what did he ever do to you? how about one of calvin pissing on the dalai lama? wouldnt that be just so cool too?
I've considered just carrying a bunch of little Texas state flag stickers, just about the size of a Ford logo, that I could distribute on the way in and out of the mall. Later, when the guy is in the middle of a brew up he'll wonder what he did to mess with Texas.
Just a tangent - what's up with that blog someone linked to with the interview with Calvin? Everything in the strip was psychotic hallucinations brought on by Calvin's undiagnosed schizophrenia? Yeah, that's a much better interpretation than childhood imagination. MY Calvin sticker pisses on that mock-interview. Just casting that off into the abyss and feeling better, thanks.
They already look like jackasses. And as far as getting publicity is concerned, I am happy to help give them a bad reputation. This whole argument about good/bad publicity not making a difference only works if you don't have a mind of your own. For those people, only the dollar will decide for them, and as gas prices just increase, the way of the SUV will finally decrease.
But honestly, I just wanted to see what the yeti would come up with...
I would love to see calvin pissing on the guy who said he wanted to see calvin pissing on jesus...