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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,
This review is from: Calvin & Hobbes:Tenth Anniversary Book: Calvin & Hobbes Series: Book Fourteen (Calvin and Hobbes) (Paperback)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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A work of genius,
By A Customer
This review is from: Calvin & Hobbes:Tenth Anniversary Book: Calvin & Hobbes Series: Book Fourteen (Calvin and Hobbes) (Paperback)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.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite C&H books,
This review is from: Calvin & Hobbes:Tenth Anniversary Book: Calvin & Hobbes Series: Book Fourteen (Calvin and Hobbes) (Paperback)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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bill Waterson's gift to the world,
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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Another for Calvin & Hobbes fans,
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Calvin and Hobbes,
i also own the complete series but this one is the "cream de la cream" of C&H
4.0 out of 5 stars Childish - Hell Yes!,
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book. not for first timers.,
This review is from: Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Annive (Calvin and Hobbes (Paperback)) (Paperback)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. If you're new to C&H get a different collection though
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential stuff,
Except for the wonderful imagery, Watterson's commentary make a fun and interesting read too.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The inner child in us is alive and kicking,
By A Customer
This review is from: Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book (Calvin and Hobbes (Pb)) (School & Library Binding)You've surely read one of these strips but do you want to know more about the man who created them and about how it all started? This is a book you can't miss. A classic for all ages and all kinds of people. Calvin is a curious, imaginative, terrible and sweet child who discovers the world (or rather, creates it) with the help of his toy tiger (well, "toy" is what grown-ups would call Hobbes but not we, who know who he really is). Now that Bill Waterson has stopped drawing Calvin & Hobbes stripes, we have to get some consolation on the published collections of his passionate work. Life in comic strips.
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Calvin & Hobbes:Tenth Anniversary Book: Calvin & Hobbes Series: Book Fourteen (Calvin and Hobbes) by Bill Watterson (Paperback - 2 Oct 1995)