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Re: "Electric Skateboard (Double Comic)" Discussion

Postby kgirlfae » Fri Apr 11, 2008 5:48 am UTC

I can see why this had to be a double comic - I couldn't pick a favorite and I'm just a reader. I can imagine the thought process of "Which do I pick" before coming to the inevitable, "Well, I'll just run both!" decision.

Brilliant. Just brilliant.

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Re: "Electric Skateboard (Double Comic)" Discussion

Postby Auz » Fri Apr 11, 2008 5:52 am UTC

First post here . . . Just gotta say that the calvin and hobbes reference is amazing. If I wasn't in love with this comic before I surely am now. Thanks for the amazing strip and keep up the good work =)

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Re: "Electric Skateboard (Double Comic)" Discussion

Postby Blipo » Fri Apr 11, 2008 5:53 am UTC

... Now I need clean pants. Thanks, Munroe.

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Re: "Electric Skateboard (Double Comic)" Discussion

Postby petafile » Fri Apr 11, 2008 5:59 am UTC

Should have seen this coming after reading the blag. XKCD always keeps it fresh :)

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Re: "Electric Skateboard (Double Comic)" Discussion

Postby Kurasuke » Fri Apr 11, 2008 6:07 am UTC

This comic is so perfect that I may very well start crying. Its quite overwhelming.
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Re: "Electric Skateboard (Double Comic)" Discussion

Postby Rendon » Fri Apr 11, 2008 6:07 am UTC

I have never cried tears of joy until today. This is the most beautiful thing I've ever seen on the internet. My cup of joy hath overfloweth.

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Re: "Electric Skateboard (Double Comic)" Discussion

Postby kraemate » Fri Apr 11, 2008 6:11 am UTC

Wow.. Just wow.

I was thinking 'Hey, this is like calvin-hobbes' while reading the initial frames, and then BAM! It was C&H! Awesome.

Btw, 'double comic' means theres gonna be another comic tomorrow? :) Cant wait to read the next one..

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Re: "Electric Skateboard (Double Comic)" Discussion

Postby Zounder » Fri Apr 11, 2008 6:13 am UTC

I registered for these boards just to declare my adoration of today's comic. I've been a fan of XKCD for a long time, but being a Calvin and Hobbes fan since childhood, this really made me smile!

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Re: "Electric Skateboard (Double Comic)" Discussion

Postby '; DROP DATABASE;-- » Fri Apr 11, 2008 6:14 am UTC

A Mario Kart reference and a C&H reference in the same comic... perfection.
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Re: "Electric Skateboard (Double Comic)" Discussion

Postby MatrixFrog » Fri Apr 11, 2008 6:23 am UTC

jakebw wrote:Funny how Hobbes is drawn as a tiger and not a stuffed animal, as he usually is when someone besides Calvin is around.
That's because Randall knows the truth: That he is actually a tiger, contrary to what adults might think.

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Re: "Electric Skateboard (Double Comic)" Discussion

Postby quintopia » Fri Apr 11, 2008 6:28 am UTC

The skateboard is accurate. Looks like the ones people on campus use. Does Randall have one?

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Re: "Electric Skateboard (Double Comic)" Discussion

Postby Prowler2885 » Fri Apr 11, 2008 6:45 am UTC

Nice crossover.

Calvin & Hobbes FTW!!

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Re: "Electric Skateboard (Double Comic)" Discussion

Postby Irwing Washington » Fri Apr 11, 2008 6:59 am UTC

Just sitting here and smiling like an idiot. For like ten minutes already. Can't do anything about it. Damn.

Just so damn cute :mrgreen:

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Re: "Electric Skateboard (Double Comic)" Discussion

Postby NaYoN » Fri Apr 11, 2008 7:08 am UTC

Why doesn't anyone say anything about the Python/C reference :D It made me laugh :D

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Re: "Electric Skateboard (Double Comic)" Discussion

Postby SoapyHobo » Fri Apr 11, 2008 7:09 am UTC

Mario Kart and Calvin and Hobbes? No words are good enough to describe this perfection. :mrgreen:

I think somebody's enjoying their electric skateboard very much.
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Re: "Electric Skateboard (Double Comic)" Discussion

Postby oasisob1 » Fri Apr 11, 2008 7:33 am UTC

SWGlassPit wrote:Love it.

Randall did a great job with the Wattersonesque landscape in the bottom comic.


Yep. My Browser only showed the top half of the comic when it opened, and the scent of Watterson was unmistakable!
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Re: "Electric Skateboard (Double Comic)" Discussion

Postby Stief » Fri Apr 11, 2008 7:44 am UTC

XKCD + C&H + Mario Kart = Awesome and win incorporated into internets...

I can't really say much more, as it's all been said :D
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Re: "Electric Skateboard (Double Comic)" Discussion

Postby GCM » Fri Apr 11, 2008 7:47 am UTC

I should get one of those... hmm...
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Re: "Electric Skateboard (Double Comic)" Discussion

Postby super_aardvark » Fri Apr 11, 2008 8:10 am UTC

I just have to agree with everyone else on how well the second comic captures the style of Calvin and Hobbes. It's not just the trees either, although they're definitely part of it; it's the wide views and the way the panels are arranged as well. In addition, of course, to the fact that two people are careening down a hill on four wheels, philosophizing.

Although... I was actually a little disappointed when the last panel included Calvin and Hobbes themselves. Not quite sure why... maybe a bit of, "aw, now everyone's gonna get it, not just true fans."

Anyway, all in all just a fantastic homage. It makes me miss them.

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Re: "Electric Skateboard (Double Comic)" Discussion

Postby superjoe30 » Fri Apr 11, 2008 8:23 am UTC

MatrixFrog wrote:
jakebw wrote:Funny how Hobbes is drawn as a tiger and not a stuffed animal, as he usually is when someone besides Calvin is around.
That's because Randall knows the truth: That he is actually a tiger, contrary to what adults might think.


you beat me to the punch

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Re: "Electric Skateboard (Double Comic)" Discussion

Postby Dobblesworth » Fri Apr 11, 2008 8:29 am UTC

As someone who spent last night demolishing my family at Mario Kart: Double Dash, and as someone who can't code for toffee and who doesn't know this "Calvin and Hobbes" thing, I'm going to have to say I only enjoyed the upper strip.

Glad to see Randall is staying consistent with the MK:DD rule that only the 'passenger' fires weaponry, and the driver is only allowed to carry a piece, until they switch over. Nice how the driver is placed on the back instead.

I wonder what music they're playing on the upper electric longboard. I'm going to wager the Rainbow Road theme music from one or other versions.

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Re: "Electric Skateboard (Double Comic)" Discussion

Postby Palmer Eldritch » Fri Apr 11, 2008 8:37 am UTC

I didn't immediately get it when I saw the trees, but I was actually thinking "Yeah, well, but it builds character" before she said it. I have been raised by Calvin's dad.

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Re: "Electric Skateboard (Double Comic)" Discussion

Postby aerojad » Fri Apr 11, 2008 8:59 am UTC

vodka.cobra wrote:I love this comic; that's no exaggeration.

same here. Love the C&H tie in
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Re: "Electric Skateboard (Double Comic)" Discussion

Postby Rendon » Fri Apr 11, 2008 9:01 am UTC

At the risk of posting to close to my last post, I just want to point out the depiction of time in the bottom half. As soon as I was able to grasp the completeness of what this *is*, I became fascinated by how he draws several different times in the same box, as if it were just another co-ordinate in space time.

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Re: "Electric Skateboard (Double Comic)" Discussion

Postby Tyris and Cortle » Fri Apr 11, 2008 9:05 am UTC

oasisob1 wrote:
SWGlassPit wrote:Love it.

Randall did a great job with the Wattersonesque landscape in the bottom comic.


Yep. My Browser only showed the top half of the comic when it opened, and the scent of Watterson was unmistakable!

Cue a Browser/Bowser pun... then cue the pun-ishment.
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Re: "Electric Skateboard (Double Comic)" Discussion

Postby Cort » Fri Apr 11, 2008 9:09 am UTC

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I almost should just for that. I even managed to use a long board recently without killing myself!
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Re: "Electric Skateboard (Double Comic)" Discussion

Postby Sareji » Fri Apr 11, 2008 9:12 am UTC

I KNEW IT! When they were skating up that hill - Gosh Darn, Calvin And Hobbes approaching! Wuahahaha! Yeeehaw! Great Comic. Cheers.

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Re: "Electric Skateboard (Double Comic)" Discussion

Postby tylerwylie » Fri Apr 11, 2008 9:32 am UTC

This makes me a happy panda.

Mario Kart, and Calvin and Hobbes!!


That was my entire childhood in one double comic.
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Re: "Electric Skateboard (Double Comic)" Discussion

Postby No Picnic » Fri Apr 11, 2008 9:35 am UTC

Is this the first full-color strip?

I may be the first to critique this comic, apart from the observation about Hobbes as a living tiger.

Keep in mind the following are nitpicks. It'd been a while since I've seen C&H in color, but the white ground makes me think that they'd be barreling down the hill in a sled, not a wagon. If Randal was going to go full-color, IMHO he should have gone all the way and colored the hillside. Also, the gray path seems a little dissonant in the context of a C&H landscape.

I love XKCD. This wasn't one of my favorites. After one pop culture reference, I could easily see the other coming. What do my nitpicks matter though? A lot of people are crazy about this strip, so this was a winner, whether it's my taste or not.

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By the way, if you haven't stopped by the Blag in a month, there's something that amounts to a "directors cut" electric skateboard comic dated March 14.

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Re: "Electric Skateboard (Double Comic)" Discussion

Postby WendelScardua » Fri Apr 11, 2008 9:51 am UTC

quintopia wrote:The skateboard is accurate. Looks like the ones people on campus use. Does Randall have one?


read. the. blag. now. (also, you get free extra comics with that :-) )

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Re: "Electric Skateboard (Double Comic)" Discussion

Postby Quixotess » Fri Apr 11, 2008 9:53 am UTC

Perfect. Absolutely perfect. Of COURSE Calvin and Hobbes were careening down the same hill. I wonder what they were talking about?
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Re: "Electric Skateboard (Double Comic)" Discussion

Postby Irrational » Fri Apr 11, 2008 10:27 am UTC

Tangential question: Do firetruck-red turtle shells exist in real life? And if so, are they heat-seeking?

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Re: "Electric Skateboard (Double Comic)" Discussion

Postby MalumOpus » Fri Apr 11, 2008 10:48 am UTC

Oh dear. This was the first comic in a long while that didn't even make me smile. I couldn't work out what they were holding in the last panel of the first comic, and I only had a vague recollection that something called 'Calvin and Hobbes' existed (is it primarily an American thing?) so both went pretty much over my head. I've never even used python (C is my main language). And there was me thinking I was cool/geek enough for xkcd. Now I'll have to hide.

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Re: "Electric Skateboard (Double Comic)" Discussion

Postby PatrickRsGhost » Fri Apr 11, 2008 11:56 am UTC

Dobblesworth wrote:As someone who spent last night demolishing my family at Mario Kart: Double Dash, and as someone who can't code for toffee and who doesn't know this "Calvin and Hobbes" thing, I'm going to have to say I only enjoyed the upper strip.


What? You don't know Calvin and Hobbes? You don't know Calvin and Hobbes??? YOU DON'T KNOW CALVIN AND HOBBES????!!!!!!

Here. Educate yourself. Enjoy. It might take you a few days to read them all. That's fine. Put on a pot of coffee. Buy a case of Mountain Dew. Be enlightened.

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Re: "Electric Skateboard (Double Comic)" Discussion

Postby simo » Fri Apr 11, 2008 12:23 pm UTC

eeeeeeee! Calvin and hobbes! The other day I bought four books of c&h and spent an entire weekend just reading through them all!

I have to say the bottom strip is awesome! Its really captured the feel of Wattersons style (especially with the philosophy at dangerous speeds!) ^^

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Re: "Electric Skateboard (Double Comic)" Discussion

Postby Alasseo » Fri Apr 11, 2008 12:30 pm UTC

I would like to add nothing to this discussion besides "Calvin and Hobbes, yesplz.".
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Re: "Electric Skateboard (Double Comic)" Discussion

Postby Dobblesworth » Fri Apr 11, 2008 12:32 pm UTC

PatrickRsGhost wrote:
Dobblesworth wrote:As someone who spent last night demolishing my family at Mario Kart: Double Dash, and as someone who can't code for toffee and who doesn't know this "Calvin and Hobbes" thing, I'm going to have to say I only enjoyed the upper strip.


What? You don't know Calvin and Hobbes? You don't know Calvin and Hobbes??? YOU DON'T KNOW CALVIN AND HOBBES????!!!!!!

Here. Educate yourself. Enjoy. It might take you a few days to read them all. That's fine. Put on a pot of coffee. Buy a case of Mountain Dew. Be enlightened.


Calvin and Hobbes isn't something we have in the UK. If we do, it's very much been and gone and it certainly never touched on my childhood, or the cartoon strip sections of a sweep of British newspapers in general. I think I might have seen them on a schoolfriend's parent-enforced desktop background, but otherwise no - I Don't Know Calvin & Hobbes. I am not trolling. I am merely saying some readers of xkcd don't reside in typical midwestern American suburbia and don't read cartoon strips of a ~5yr old protagonist philosophising with his plush tiger whilst riding downhill in a very American red suburban child wagon.

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Re: "Electric Skateboard (Double Comic)" Discussion

Postby Daeren Ryft » Fri Apr 11, 2008 12:35 pm UTC

Thought process:
"Two comics? Sweet."
"Heh. Mario Kart. Awesome."
"...Are those Calvin and Hobbes trees?"
"Yep, Character building. Calvin and Hobbes."
"What the...? What did they hi-"
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Re: "Electric Skateboard (Double Comic)" Discussion

Postby Cheez It » Fri Apr 11, 2008 12:58 pm UTC

Great comic(s). I saw the collision coming as soon as the style changed.

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Re: "Electric Skateboard (Double Comic)" Discussion

Postby Hawknc » Fri Apr 11, 2008 1:07 pm UTC

Dobblesworth wrote:
PatrickRsGhost wrote:
Dobblesworth wrote:As someone who spent last night demolishing my family at Mario Kart: Double Dash, and as someone who can't code for toffee and who doesn't know this "Calvin and Hobbes" thing, I'm going to have to say I only enjoyed the upper strip.


What? You don't know Calvin and Hobbes? You don't know Calvin and Hobbes??? YOU DON'T KNOW CALVIN AND HOBBES????!!!!!!

Here. Educate yourself. Enjoy. It might take you a few days to read them all. That's fine. Put on a pot of coffee. Buy a case of Mountain Dew. Be enlightened.


Calvin and Hobbes isn't something we have in the UK. If we do, it's very much been and gone and it certainly never touched on my childhood, or the cartoon strip sections of a sweep of British newspapers in general. I think I might have seen them on a schoolfriend's parent-enforced desktop background, but otherwise no - I Don't Know Calvin & Hobbes. I am not trolling. I am merely saying some readers of xkcd don't reside in typical midwestern American suburbia and don't read cartoon strips of a ~5yr old protagonist philosophising with his plush tiger whilst riding downhill in a very American red suburban child wagon.

In defence of the comic strip and the myriad C&H fans out there, it was hardly limited to the US in its circulation. And given that you have access to this wonderful worldwide medium that allows instant communication with anyone anywhere, you really could jfgi instead of complaining that you didn't get the reference. Knowing and understanding Calvin and Hobbes gives a whole new level of familiarity with more xkcd comics than just this one.


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