A Snowman’s Worst Nightmare: Calvin & Hobbes in Real Life [PICS]

January 12th, 2012 Permalink

For 10 winters from 1985 to 1995, snowmen met with murder and mayhem at the hands of 6-year-old Calvin in the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip written and illustrated by Bill Watterson. The hilariously horrific snowmen scenarios depicted by Calvin still continue to inspire fans who create snowman scenes straight out of a snowman’s worst nightmare. Got snow? Why not brave the cold and craft your own Calvin and Hobbes-esque snowmen creations to keep your neighbors wondering and a bit worried about you? Think dark humor such as stabbing, melting, maiming, murdering, or other mayhem. Think snowman + nightmare = snowmare. Your twisted snowy tribute is on the right track so long as your snowman will definitely not live happily ever after. Calvin specialized in wicked plots to bring about snowman suicide, a snowman cannibalizing another snowman, and a Snowman House of Horror. Snow sharks around the world have been seen attacking horrified snowmen. Here’s some really good snow art tributes, by people deeply inspired by Watterson, but it speaks loudly of the world in which we live . . . where a photo depicting a famous comic strip and turned into snowmen nightmares and Calvin and Hobbes in real life must be qualified as a ‘reproduction.’ Perhaps SOPA will move beyond trying to destroy the Internet and making websites disappear, to making houses and yards go poof? As sad as this fact is, we’re claiming ‘fair use’ for Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes comics in this tribute and ‘fair use’ for the the imaginative people who reproduced Calvin & Hobbes in real life snowman scenes. [63 photos, 1 video, and snippets of Calvin & Hobbes comics]

The snowmen rebel -- Calvin & Hobbes

Calvin had a talent for causing mayhem whenever he created a snowman. If the scene ends badly for a snowman, then you are fully embracing Calvin & Hobbes flavored art. ‘The snowmen rebel.’ Photo #1 by mpburrows

Snowman nightmare -- Dead -- Calvin and Hobbes-esque murdered snowman

Snowman nightmare: Calvin and Hobbes-esque murdered snowman. Photo #2 by Tim Malabuyo


Calvin & Hobbes comic strip front yard tribute

According to a photo emailed to John Schneider, the creator of this Calvin and Hobbes snowman classic was a 10 year old boy named Alexander. His mother told Schneider, “(Alexander) actually pulled out his Calvin & Hobbes anthologies and found the scene. It’s hard to add credits to lawn art, but we fully acknowledge that it’s a reproduction.” Photo #3 by Alexander Sietsema / Katherine Sietsema via John Schneider

Calvin and Hobbes Snowman House of Horror

Calvin and Hobbes Snowman House of Horror. © by Bill Watterson / Andrews McMeel / Universal Comic via wikia, Photo #4 by Freaky Humor, #5 by Freaky Humor, #6 by Freaky Humor

impaled -- Calvin and Hobbes-esque snowmen

Impaled — snowmen destined to a Calvin and Hobbes-esque fate. Photo #7 via Reddit

My snowmen. A take on a Calvin Original

The photographer wrote, “My snowmen. A take on a Calvin Original. =) I think I’ve wanted to do a snowman creation like this my whole life.” Photo #8 by David Joyce

Calvin and Hobbes in real life -- snow workers

Calvin and Hobbes in real life, another snowmare. The photographer noted, “This is the kind of snow creation usually found in Calvin & Hobbes. Two figures pushing and pulling a huge wheel over a figure lying down.” Photo #9 by Wrote

Classic Calvin & Hobbes Snowmen Nightmares

Classic Calvin & Hobbes Snowmen Nightmares. Photo #11 by Freaky Humor, © by Bill Watterson / Andrews McMeel / Universal Comic via Biessman, #12 by Tom Caswell

Snow Altar with Snow Sacrifice like something out of Calvin & Hobbes

Snow Altar with Snow Sacrifice like something out of Calvin & Hobbes. Photo #13 by Kevyn Jacobs

Calvin & Hobbes -- A snowman has bowled another snowman's head down a lane into snow pins

Calvin & Hobbes — A snowman has bowled another snowman’s head down a lane into snow pins. The photographer wrote, “You know, I don’t remember the last time I built a snowman, but this was a good time. Thanks Calvin for the inspiration – even though I got it wrong.” Photo #14 by Brian Colson, © by Bill Watterson / Andrews McMeel / Universal Comic via Calvin & Hobbes Search Engine by Michael “Bing” Yingling

'Hill snowman' like from a Calvin & Hobbes comic strip

‘Hill snowman’ like from a Calvin & Hobbes comic strip. © by Bill Watterson / Andrews McMeel / Universal Comic via wikia, Photo #15 by Florian Kilzer

Calvin and Hobbes-esque Deadly RV Park Snow Sharks

Calvin and Hobbes-esque Deadly RV Park Snow Sharks. © by Bill Watterson / Andrews McMeel / Universal Comic via wikia, Photo #16 & #17 by Vicki Watkins

Calvin & Hobbes in real life, snowman doomed by snow sharks

Calvin & Hobbes in real life, snowman doomed by snow sharks. Photo #18 by Jim Grant

delicious Calvin and Hobbes delights -- birthday cakes

Not only snow art, but delicious Calvin and Hobbes delights have been inspired by Bill Watterson’s comics. Photo #19, #20, #21, #22 all by abakedcreation

Calvin and Hobbes Snowmen Birthday Cupcakes

Classic comics turned into Snowmen Birthday Cupcakes. Photo #23, #24, #25 by abakedcreation

Calvin and Hobbes 'I think we'd better get that kid to a psychologist'

Calvin and Hobbes: ‘I think we’d better get that kid to a psychologist’. Photo #26 by PDXdj, © by Bill Watterson / Andrews McMeel / Universal Comic via wikia

More snowmen killed by cars -- Calvin and Hobbes fans or needing psychologist

More snowmen killed by cars — Calvin and Hobbes fans or needing psychologists? Photo #27 by Pip, #28 by Funny Pic Dumps

The Grieving Calvin and Hobbes-esque Snowman Family

The Grieving Calvin and Hobbes-esque Snowman Family. According to Calvin’s dad, such scenes where snowmen met with sickly twisted deaths did lower the traffic that drove through their neighborhood. Photo #29 by Peter Orosz

Calvin & Hobbes snow monsters

Calvin & Hobbes Snow Monsters. © by Bill Watterson / Andrews McMeel / Universal Comic via wikia, Photo #30 by matusz, #31 by dailyinvention

Calvin & Hobbes type monster

The photographer wrote, “Raaawwwrrr!! It rises from the snowy depths of our front lawn, with it tentacles and pointy branch-teeth, to terrorize and consume us all!!” Photo #32 by Matt DeTurck

Calvin & Hobbesesque Suicidal snowmen

Calvin & Hobbes-esque Suicidal snowmen. The photographer of the image on the right ask, “Suicide or murder?” Photo #33 by hot_air_balloons, #34 by GEARbits, © by Bill Watterson / Andrews McMeel / Universal Comics via Chase 3000

Snowman victims Calvin and Hobbes meet CSI - dead, murdered snowmen

Snowman victims: Calvin and Hobbes meet CSI. To explain ‘The Victim’ photo on the bottom right, the photographer noted, “Body core temperature was zero degrees, but given the surrounding quad walls and variable weather the exact time of death could not be ascertained. Rigor was present in the arms.” Photo #35 by Becky, #36 by Robert S. Donovan, #37 by sodaklady, #38 by Anders Sandberg

Calvin and Hobbes-esque hybrids -- cross between cannibalistic ice cream snowman, maneater snowman, and the snow monster

Calvin and Hobbes-esque hybrids — cross between cannibalistic ice cream snowman, maneater snowman, and the snow monster. Photo #39 & #40 both by Andrew Guyton, © by Bill Watterson / Andrews McMeel / Universal Comics via wikia, wikia, wikia

Calvin & Hobbes type scene in real life -- snowmen crossing

Real life Calvin & Hobbes type scenes of snowmen crossing. Photo #41 by Jeff showbizsuperstar, #42 by Party Lin, © by Bill Watterson / Andrews McMeel / Universal Comic via John Gushue , #43 by Val Buzeta, #44 by SteFou!

Calvin and Hobbes-esque Snowmen crossing

Calvin and Hobbes-like Snowmen crossing. Photo #45 by Chuck Grimmett

Calvin & Hobbesesque Tiny Snowman army built at Sugarbush's Mt. Ellen base, Vermont

Army of little snowmen built at Sugarbush’s Mt. Ellen base, Vermont. Photo #46 by Rudi Riet

Calvin and Hobbes-esque Tiny litle snowman army

Calvin and Hobbes: Tiny snowman army. Photo #47 by Brian (or Ziggy) Liloia, © Bill Watterson / Andrews McMeel / Universal Comic via wikia

Calvin and Hobbes-esque snowman scene

Calvin and Hobbes-esque snowman scene. Photo #48 by Josef Hanning

Calvin & Hobbes tiny snowman army

Japanese-flavored Calvin & Hobbes: Endless fields of itty bitty snowmen. Photo #49 by daedrius

Silly Little Calvin and Hobbes-esque Snowmen

Calvin & Hobbes in real life: Silly little snowmen. Photo #50 by Brian (or Ziggy) Liloia

Calvin's mom was not around to say no anatomically correct snowmen in front yard

Calvin’s mom was not around to say no to anatomically correct (or confused?) snowmen in the front yard. Photo #51 by Mr. T in DC, © by Bill Watterson / Andrews McMeel / Universal comic via wikia, #52 by jon oropeza, #53 by s.ho

Calvin & Susie's Semi-Anatomically correct snowmen

Calvin and Susie‘s Semi-Anatomically correct snowmen. Photo #54 by +mara

Calvin & Hobbes-esque Susie's Anatomically correct snow-woman

Susie’s Anatomically correct snow-woman. Photo #55 by Vol’tordu

Calvin & Hobbesesque Impaled snowman

Calvin & Hobbes-esque Impaled snowman. The photographer asked, “Calvin, whatcha been doin’?!” Photo #56 by Victor Engmark

Calvin & Hobbes Prophets of Doom Snowmen for 2012 End of the world Mayan prediction believers - The end is near

Calvin & Hobbes Prophets of Doom Snowmen. This is for the 2012 End-of-the-world Mayan prediction believers – “The end is near!” © by Bill Watterson / Andrews McMeel / Universal Comic via Creatures of Snow, Photo #57 by Evening Journal, #58 by Tilly Evan Jones, #59 by Funny Sign, #60 by delayed gratification, #61 by Andrew West

Edible the end is near - repent sinners Snowman Prophets of Doom

For those who don’t like to play in the snow, there’s edible ‘the end is near – repent sinners’ Snowman Prophets of Doom. Photo #62 by Aimee at Moore Marbles

Jim Frommeyer, Teague Chrystie, & Bill Watterson process photos, group finished shot of A Very Calvin & Hobbes Christmas

This is but one of the images posted on Down In Front forum by Jim Frommeyer and Teague Chrystie as captured during the process of making a Bill Watterson tribute video called, “A Very Calvin & Hobbes Christmas.” The video can be seen below. Photo #63 by Down In Front

Amazing Calvin & Hobbes tribute video. Video by Jim Frommeyer, Teague Chrystie, (& Bill Watterson)


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