Search engine for the full text and descriptions of every Calvin and Hobbes script

The Calvin & Hobbes Search Engine performs pretty much as you'd expect: it's a search engine that runs against the full text and descriptions of all the Calvin and Hobbes strips. For example, a search for "snowman" returns,

Mom is sitting at the table when Calvin walks by dressed in his coat and hat. Puzzled, Mom goes upstairs and opens the bedroom door. There, she finds Calvin has opened the window letting snow into the room. Calvin is working on a snowman. Mom just covers her face.

and several others. Handy!

Calvin & Hobbes Search Engine - by Bing (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)


    1. ‘bing’ appears to be the developer’s nickname, rather than a reference to the microsoft search tool. With respect to your specific example, the searches are dependent on the source it’s searching — the script text is mostly based only on the words spoken by the the characters. Try a less specific string. e.g. if you search for ‘swift kick’ it will return your result, as this is captured in the description of that strip. So — fault whoever typed in the description, not the developer.

      1.  Fair enough, but therein lies the problem.

        Most people may not remember specific lines, but identify with images since cartoons are an image-based medium; e.g. a box with “Swift kick in the butt” is perhaps a more memorable sight gag than the specific lines.

        Even those keywords in the entered text should have triggered some result. “Swift kick in the butt” is not a very overused phrase among C&H strips.

        The word “transmogrifier” does apparently produce strips even though the word does not appear in the dialogue but does appear on the box.

        It appears to be inconsistent. A search engine (or the description typists) should not penalize for good recall.

          1. “I think that a free search engine for a comic should be just about perfect.”

            Overstatement to absurdity is the domain of the apologist.

             It isn’t a question of being perfect, it’s a question of consistency.

            Google, a generalized search engine, produced what a purported specialized search engine could not, despite the fact that, in my case, the phrase was contained in the search.

            Google renders the C&H search engine redundant and incomplete. It’s a cute idea, but not ready for prime time.

    1. I was thinking the same thing – the sheer amount of data entry is staggering.  If one person did this all by hand…  my God.

  1. I used the older version of his site to express my feelings way too often…”It’s just like when Calvin gets sick in the Summer and he says ‘Someone owes me BIG for this!’ “

  2. I don’t know, seems like some people might view this as a way to make Amazon referral cash off a property that’s notoriously anti-commercial.

  3. Might be nice if it had the ability for a community of users to edit tags and such. 
    I wonder if he OCR’d Waterson’s iconic handwriting. 

  4. Every comic strip, especially web comics, should have a search engine like this.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to find a specific strips for something like Penny Arcade and searching their archives with specific phrases from the script doesn’t work.

    1. I know Dinosaur Comics ( adds a plain-text version for every comic, which allows them to be searched and indexed by the comic search engine It seems as if some folks are trying to make all web comics follow this pattern, which I think is great.

  5. title says “script” and summary says “strip”.  i thought script was a typo/autocorrect but then several commenters use the term “script”. 
    is “script” another word for a comic strip?

    1. I guess the “script” is what the characters say to each other, like in a play. So you’re mostly searching the script, although since there’s some descriptive text that gets searched as well, you’re also searching the strip.

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