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Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Annive (Calvin and Hobbes (Paperback)) [Paperback]

Bill Watterson
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Sep 1995 Calvin and Hobbes (Paperback)

A special tenth anniversary edition of comic cartoons starring the Calvin and Hobbes pair.

Calvin, cheeky, hyperactive and mischievous, and Hobbes, his cuddly toy tiger who, as far as Calvin is concerned is very much alive and kicking, are two of the most loveable and hilarious characters to grace the comic strip in years.

Sit back and enjoy...

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel; 10#Anniversary#e. edition (Sep 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0836204387
  • ISBN-13: 978-0836204384
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 30.3 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,356,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No one has captured children's world view and sense of imagination in cartoon strip form as well as Watterson. Nor applied it so strikingly to comment on adult life and attitudes or the general absurdity of the world in which we live... Much will strike a chord and raise a knowing smile at their perception, but above all, they are very, very funny. (MIDWEEK) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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A special tenth anniversary edition of comic cartoons starring the Calvin and Hobbes pair. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your collection isn't complete without this book 17 Dec 2002
By Mark Baker TOP 500 REVIEWER
As a fan of Calvin and Hobbes, I put off getting this book because I thought it was merely a best of collection I didn't need since I had all the others. Boy was I wrong! This book is a wonderful insight into the mind behind my favorite strip of all time.
Bill Watterson spends the first part of the book talking about everything from character names and personalities to his fights to keep his characters from being over commercialized. While I wish there were more products available, I do respect him for sticking to his principles on this. He also talks about the format of the Sunday strips.
The rest of the book is a collection of strips, starting with the very first. What is interesting here is Mr. Watterson's commentary. Whether it's the idea behind or an amusing story that happened because of a strip, it's all very entertaining. It also brings out some of the themes talked about it the strip. He also discusses the ideas behind such staples as the wagon, Calvin's box, and Spaceman Spiff.
I truly miss this wonderful strip because of its creativity and insights into modern culture. This book shows the behinds the scene story in an entertaining and informative way.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A work of genius 27 Jan 2000
By A Customer
Sometimes its best not to be introduced to a collection through a retrospective such as this, but this is an exception. The Calvin and Hobbes strip manages to be both witty, hilarious, visually inventive, often stunning, and accesible to anyone. Everyone should own this; Watterson tells us who his idols were and then effortlessly outsrips them all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bill Waterson's gift to the world 17 Oct 2007
If you like Calvin and Hobbes and are looking for a good C&H book to adorn your bookshelves - then this is the best one to get.

To start with, Bill Waterson discusses the history of Calvin and Hobbes and the inspiration behind it. He writes about the struggles he's had with them and the pressures applied to commercialise them more. Another reviewer here has said that he respects him for sticking to his guns about that - as do I.

The book is full of comic strips, some black and white, some are full colour. The strips which ran as a serialisation are all shown together. Bill also goes into the stories behind the story, he explains why he did what he did, what he was trying to achieve, and throws in other tasty morsels of information.

The sketches themselves are fantastic, they are incredibly cute and incredibly funny. Innocent fun at its absolute best.

For anyone not familiar with Calvin and Hobbes...

Calvin is a six year old boy, he has a toy stuffed tiger called Hobbes. In Calvin's head - Hobbs is a real Tiger and together they go on adventures. The strips normally depict Calvin and Hobbes getting into weird and wonderful situations, and often show the actual events too - i.e; a duplication machine will turn out to be a cardboard box. Calvin is the kid with the crazy and outlandish imagination, Hobbes tends to chip in with wonderfully dry comments.

There are other characters who appear too, notably his neighbour Susie. She is the polar-opposite of Calvin; serious and well mannered.

Bill has created a fantastic little person with Calvin. He often talks using comically long words and articulate terms well beyond his age.

Perfect for picking up and flicking through for a few minutes, or for having a session with. Everytime I read a bit of this I put it down with a smile on my face.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite C&H books 9 Dec 2001
Every Calvin and Hobbes book is a work of genius. But I think I prefer this book because, not only does it feature a great collection of strips, but it also features commentary from the man himself: Bill Watterson.
I must admit here that I am a freak for behind-the-scenes stuff. I like no better than to read/watch/listen to/laugh at something I enjoy, then learn what went on to make it what it was. Watterson also explains the origins and influences of Calvin and Hobbes, and why there is no lisenced merchandise for these two (he has an admirable reason: artisitic integrity, something sadly lacking these days). Though this is why I love this book so, I think anyone who enjoys Calvin and Hobbes will enjoy this, if only because Bill Watterson's writing is as funny as his strips.
If you already like Calvin and Hobbes, this is an essential addition to your collection. If you're new to them, I don't see why this shouldn't be your next book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive 12 April 2014
By Inspector Gadget VINE VOICE
Man do I love Calvin's wild imagination and Hobbes' logical responses to Calvin's crazy antics. What makes this book special is that each strip/story has a commentary by Bill Watterson on what inspires him and how he feels about his own creation. This book has a huge introduction by Watterson on why he chose never to turn Calvin and Hobbes into a huge franchise and why he finally decided to quit while he was ahead. A noble career move methinks.

There are some great stories in this one such as Calvin's hijinks with the transmogrifier/duplicator and the some of the Sunday color strips create some highly evocative atmospheres.

Plus, this book contains the most interesting fact EVER. What is the even scarier than a T-Rex? A T-Rex in an F-22 fighter jet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant brilliant brilliant!!!!! 20 April 2014
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What can you say about Calvin & Hobbes other than that they're amazing - so real, true, philosophical, funny and touching that nothing else comes near. They're simply unique and brilliant.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another for Calvin & Hobbes fans
If you are a Calvin & Hobbes fan, here is another collection to enjoy. Several commentaries at the start by Bill Waterson, with his thoughts on the Comics in Transition, Sunday... Read more
Published 13 months ago by bakerman
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Calvin and Hobbes
By far the best of Calvin and Hobbes!!! its a must have!

i also own the complete series but this one is the "cream de la cream" of C&H
Published 17 months ago by I. Ntounis
4.0 out of 5 stars Childish - Hell Yes!
Brilliant coffee table fodder for a lazy sunday with nothing better to do. Always makes me smile, and its great to get a bit more of an insight into the featured strips from Bill... Read more
Published 21 months ago by poppytt
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book. not for first timers.
This is a wonderful book which i read cover to cover in about an hour, Calvin and Hobbes are amazing and this will give you real insight into Bill Watterson. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Riley O' Hara
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential stuff
I don't see any reason not to buy this book. It's Calvin and Hobbes.
Except for the wonderful imagery, Watterson's commentary make a fun and interesting read too.
Published on 28 Nov 2011 by P
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Deep
A very good book, fun to read, and sometimes deeper than a philosophy book giving you great lessons about life.
Published on 7 Jan 2010 by Carlos Calderón De Gracia
4.0 out of 5 stars The Calvin and Hobbes: Tenth Anniversary Book - funny!!!
About ten years ago my sister bought me my first Calvin and Hobbes book and I laughed and loved the mischievious but lovable character Calvin! Read more
Published on 23 Sep 2009 by scarletandlime
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
If you've never read a comic strip in your life, make Calvin and Hobbes your first. I guarantee you won't be disappointed. Read more
Published on 31 Aug 2009 by Chris
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