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The Complete Calvin and Hobbes (Calvin and Hobbes Collections)

4.81 of 5 stars 4.81  ·  rating details  ·  25,076 ratings  ·  692 reviews
Calvin and Hobbes is unquestionably one of the most popular comic strips of all time. The imaginative world of a boy and his real-only-to-him tiger was first syndicated in 1985 and appeared in more than 2,400 newspapers when Bill Watterson retired on January 1, 1996. The entire body of Calvin and Hobbes cartoons published in a truly noteworthy tribute to this singular cart ...more
Hardcover, 1440 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
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Mark Lawrence
I bought this set for my boys a few Christmasses back - but really I bought it for me.

I've read the entire thing a few pages at a time over the course of a some months and I was sad to come to the last wonderfully bound hard cover.

Although I was sad to reach the end I also applaud Bill Watterson for knowing the power in ending something. He quit while he was ahead and left us something golden. It would lessen the work if he had carried on past the point the fire left him, repeating old themes to
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Oriana
Me and my sister, who is the coolest sister ever, got this for each other for Channukah one year. I mean, we didn't buy two; we split one copy to share, because we grew up on Calvin & Hobbes, and we even still communicate in Calvin & Hobbes sometimes, where one of us will describe the first panel of a strip, and the other will answer with a description of the last panel. The one about the smocks (where they're supposed to be sculpting and Hobbes gets obsessed with the smock and the last ...more
Diane Librarian
There was big news in the comics world this week when we learned that the reclusive Bill Watterson, author of the beloved Calvin and Hobbes cartoon who has been retired for almost 20 years, has been quietly collaborating on a new comic strip, Pearls Before Swine.

Calvin and Hobbes ended in 1995, and for those who were born after that, I think it's hard to convey how much loss was felt when Watterson stopped drawing. I mean, I felt genuine loss. I LOVED Calvin and Hobbes and I read it in the paper
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Darga
Sep 28, 2007 Darga rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE EVER
Shelves: favorites
if there was a better part of my childhood than reading these these comics, i honestly can't think of it.

these stretched my brain as a kid. never pandered to his audience. i learned so many words and references from these. i specifically remember looking up transmogrify, kafka and phlegm in my mom's giant dictionary, and later on laughing when i learned about the philosophers calvin and hobbes.

reading these is probably a big part of how i ended up being the kind of person who would enjoy a site
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Christopher
Need I really explain to you why I gave Calvin & Hobbes a five-star rating? If you grew up during the eighties and nineties or were sentient during that time period, or if you are sentient now and have access to the Internet or if you have ever had a friend who knows what good stuff is, then you know that Calvin & Hobbes is a wonderful, beautiful, hilarious, perfect thing.

I grew up on this. In the early nineties, I woke up every morning and stomped to the front door to retrieve the newsp
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Joseph
Do we choose our imaginary friends or do they choose us? If Calvin chose Hobbes, how do we explain episodes like this one:


This comic pattern turns up throughout the life of C&H: Calvin reveals an overwhelmingly self-serving viewpoint and Hobbes rolls his eyes so hard he risks brain damage. Considering how little the other characters understand Calvin, wouldn't he be tempted to dream up a friend who coddles his ego and confirms his ideas? Yet Hobbes is far from a yes-tiger, which tells us t
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Ganglion Bard-barbarian
Calvin and Hobbes had a huge cultural influence on the Pacific Northwest anarchist scene (the comic strip is believed to take place in the Pacific Northwest) and the political undertones of the comic strip are fairly obvious but also severely overlooked, but such is the case with all revolutionary art.

With his talent, Watterson could have became an underground messiah churning out inaccessible cult-classic graphic novels, instead he chose to struggle against a highly corrupt and controlling news
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Knjigoholičarka
"It's a magical world, Hobbes, ol' buddy... let's go exploring!"

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It's a magical world; there's treasure everywhere, the days are just packed and scientific progress goes boink. But something under the bed is drooling. Weirdos from another planet? Homicidal psycho jungle cat? Revenge of the baby-sat? Or an attack of the deranged mutant killer monster snow goons?

Nope. Calvin & Hobbes. Yukon ho!
Kerrie
Jan 01, 2012 Kerrie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: from-library
Oh Calvin, you lazy, self-absorbed, spastic, nihilistic, narcissistic brat....

It has been a good 15 years (in college) since I read this strip, and then only sporadically. I had no clue as to the cutting social commentary that came out of precocious Calvin's mouth on a regular basis. With the intervening years of adulthood and real life under my belt, this latest 2 week marathon session of the complete set was like reading it for the very first time.

This is probably the most brilliant, hilarious
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Deborah Edwards
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll transmogrify. Never will you look at a snowman the same way again. Calvin is the child I would be destined to bear if I had a child. Which is why I have no children. Watterson is a god.
Mike
Why the fuck did I think I could write a review for this?

How does one describe the beauty that is Calvin and Hobbes? If someone knows, please, help me out. If I'm going to write a review for this, I have to make it good. I'm not sure if I can do it justice, but I have to try. And if I don't do it justice... well, fuck me.

Calvin and Hobbes is not a kids' strip. That's not to say that kids can't enjoy it, but I don't want to attach the label because that might warn off teenagers and adults who wou
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Evan
The intro written by Bill Watterson describing how he started, wrote, and ended Calvin & Hobbes was great - well worth the price of buying all the comics I already own (but in one gigantic album set). I've been driving Brandi crazy by reading the comics to her and forcing her to read other ones. I've skipped through the book, but the comics i have stopped to read bring back so many memories. C&H is definitely one of the comics for the ages. And in a way they also remind me of a certain n ...more
Iluzija O. Istini
If you think about it, there are 10 generations of people that can say, "I am Calvin's coeval. Or at least I was. I was six at the same time he was." Ten generations of people feeling special. And I am one of them. (:

Small, brilliant. Childhood that never ends. This book owns my dreams.
Rick
Jan 13, 2008 Rick rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: comics
Such a shame he retired from the strip because reading this anthology, very snazzy and brilliantly produced, just makes you thirst for more. He quit before the strip got stale or even hinted of staleness. It begins, continues, and ends inventive, hilarious, and wicked smart. The use of character, action, dialogue, and visual composition is always creative, rarely formulaic, even when navigating perennials like G.R.O.S.S., snowmen building, and Calvin’s December panic over Santa Claus’s oversight ...more
Alex Ristea
My deep adoration and abiding love for Calvin and Hobbes is something that will stay with me for the rest of my life.

These comics influenced me as in my formative years, and it is no less delightful to come back to them over the years. Over the decades, the wit, social commentary, and understanding of childhood have not diminished.

They are timeless. They are eternal.

I'll tell you that I teared up at more than a few pages throughout, and the last panel is one that will be framed and hung up on m
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Nouha ShawQi
اليوم اودع مجموعه كالفن بحزن :(
المجموعه الكامله التي يمكن بها الاستغناء عن الاعمال الصغيره لكالفن عامه ، تذكرني جدا بمجلدات ميكي ..على كل حال ساشتاق لكالفن وهوبيز كانوا اشبه باصدقائي الصغار كل ليلة اراهم صباحا ونهارا :')
ادعو الجميع وضعها ضمن قرأته ك تغيير لطريقه القرأه التي اعتدناها كما انها تحمل بعضا من الافكار والاهداف الصغسره بشكل اكثر خفه وكوميديا ارشحهم وبشششده ،
#كتروا_من_الكوميك ياجدعان :D :D
Courtney Joshua
This is why I haven't been doing much productive reading lately... heh heh. :)
Shari
When I was in eleventh grade, there was a Calvin & Hobbes strip in my Spanish book (and in Spanish, of course). The teacher asked who would be willing to try translating it to English, and I did it flawlessly. Senora was very impressed; I just felt like a fraud.

For, you see, I didn't actually translate it, I just knew exactly what it said. I got my first Calvin & Hobbes book when I was in sixth grade, through one of those mail-away book brochures they hand out in class. That was about te
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Ken
"How do I love Calvin and Hobbes? Let me count the ways. Firstly, Calvin reminds me so much of my 4-year-old, as they both are highly intelligent yet have their own highly developed sense of naughtiness. I love the way Watterson integrates Calvin's imagination into the strip; the glimpses of an adult Calvin and Susie, or the creatures who live in Calvin's stomach, are priceless. I love the way Watterson uses Calvin to simultaneously critique the media-obsessed culture AND to celebrate the simple ...more
Bob Redmond
I've wanted this massive, gorgeous collection since it came out in 2005. My brother got it for me this past Christmas, and I relished reading, in order, every Calvin and Hobbes comic ever publihed (1985 - 1995). I also learned that the author lives in the small town (Chagrin Falls) next to the small town where I grew up in (Russell) in Ohio! How strange to see a full-page cartoon of the gazebo in the middle of Chagrin, and the Popcorn Shop where my sisters worked... My brother (who still lives n ...more
Matija
Bill Watterson is a genius. I have no idea how a single person can draw and write almost 3500 short comics, and not make a single one that's not good. This read is my favorite I've read entire year, and I've read a lot. His writing is smart, witty, sarcastic, cute, intelligent, funny, entertaining or simply put just brilliant. I would trully recommend this to everyone. I am 100% sure that you'll like it. If you don't believe me, just look at the reviews, I guess this could be one of the very few ...more
Michael Haydel
Apr 01, 2009 Michael Haydel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone and everyone
This is by far one of my most prized literary possessions.

My all time favorite and most beloved comic in a gorgeous 3 book collection that contains every single Calvin and Hobbes strip ever printed, along with a wonderful little introduction/reflection from the very elusive Bill Watterson.

The books are contained within a beautiful slipcase, one that I actually contacted the publishing company for a replacement, since mine had been scratched up by a dog. Once I mailed them the damaged slipcase, t
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Mike Frost
I truly think that the Calvin and Hobbes collection is one of the greatest written works in the English language.

It's scary to me how much I can relate to Bill Watterson's point of view. Did I become who I am because I received a new Calvin and Hobbes book every Christmas throughout my formative years? Or did I simply like Calvin because I was already like him?

Perhaps more frightening is the fact that I always used to relate to Calvin, and now I have become his dad. There were multiple times tha
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Lazybee
Hobbes and Calvin were My good companions in hard times. Even though it is hard to admit, those hard times were my early 20's. I met them in comic strips in my daily. I knew they were special the first time I saw them. And I am really Happy That i got to know them. Bill Watterson will always be the best thing that ever happened to earth. Thank you for your wonderful gift.

About this complete collection, This book is 2 weeks of Pure fun. Read if you can get your hands on it. Thank you Bill.
Christian
It took Bill Waterson awhile to hit his stride. Volume I and the first part of Volume II have plenty of forgettable material.

But by the last few years, Volume III, he was making art.

I've noticed a recurrent theme in the latter Calvin strips, particularly the Sunday panels. It's the sadness of childhood. You are blessed with an imagination that could create worlds, and haunted by your powerlessness to actually create them. There's a reason so many of these strips end with sighs.
Martin Rieth
You almost have to respect Watterson's decisions outside of (and for) the work as much as his design of the work itself. The prologue / dedication show how much he struggled to ensure that the strip was never marketed as anything but as a comic strip: no movies, no stuffed animals, no lunch boxes.
It is a comic In its purest form, and it will remain that way for the foreseeable future. Most importantly, he decided that when he felt the comic was "finished," he ended it. He didn't let it drag on
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Anton
May 03, 2009 Anton rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone.
The best piece of writing that I own. I wish I could say better things about how Watterson absolutely masters musings on life, psychology, and philosophy through a six-year old boy and his stuffed tiger, but I simply cannot. Everything in this collection means so much to me and I get just as much enjoyment from it today as I did when I first stumbled upon the magical world of Calvin and Hobbes. My highest recommendation.
Mell
How I love you, Hobbes and Calvin. Never thought I'd own the hardback volumes in the beautiful box. Received for Christmas. :) These are comic strips at their finest.

I think I'll put myself in the duplicator. Second Mell can go to work while I stay home, read these three volumes, and drink pots of tea.
Melissa
Come on, Live young! Calvin and Hobbes are so hilarious - they exhibit the simple honest truths and characteristics of childhood - what it should be (or how it used to be?). So much of what those two do reminds me of my son... or myself growing up!
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Bill Watterson (born William Boyd Watterson II) is an American cartoonist, and the author of the comic strip "Calvin and Hobbes". His career as a syndicated cartoonist ran from 1985 to 1995; he stopped drawing "Calvin and Hobbes" at the end of 1995 with a short statement to newspaper editors and his fans that he felt he had achieved all he could in the comic strip medium. During the early years of ...more
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Calvin and Hobbes Collections (8 books)
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  • The Authoritative Calvin And Hobbes
  • The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes
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  • The Days Are Just Packed: A Calvin and Hobbes Collection
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