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Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Annive (Calvin and Hobbes (Paperback)) Paperback – 1 Sep 1995
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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.
A special tenth anniversary edition of comic cartoons starring the Calvin and Hobbes pair. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product description
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Calvin and Hobbes captures beautifully the innocent joy of being a 6 year old boy with an imagination in hyperspeed. Every rock is treasure, every toy is real and alive, every cardboard box is some kind of sci-fi machine or gizmo. And adults exist to destroy your fun. Yep, that was me as a little boy.
What makes this particular book special are the comments from author Bill Watterson. He explains the inspiration behind the various strips and his thoughts about the impact different strips have had. The long introduction is insightful and very interesting to any C&H fan.
It's just a pity Mr Watterson didn't agree to any kind of merchandising. I tend to agree with him to some extent on principle, but at the same time I'd love to have a Calvin and Hobbes T-shirt or coffee mug. And a C&H beach towel on holiday would be the absolute bee's-knees. I'm sure there would be other fans like me who feel the same. Maybe just a little bit of merchandise???
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.
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.
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.