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The Complete Calvin and Hobbes

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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, 1451 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...more
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
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...more
Diane
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...more
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...more
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...more
Joel
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...more
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.
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...more
S.
I was caught in the inexorable frap beam of these strips in my early teens, when one of the Netherlands' most un-PC and brilliant comic writers -called Gerrit de Jager- did our minuscule nation a favour and translated Calvin and Hobbes for one of the Dutch newspapers.
For some obscure reason they turned Calvin into Casper.
Maybe because they felt that otherwise the actual Dutch name of the 16th Century theologian Calvijn, after whom our jumped up little hero is named, would be either disrespectfu...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
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.
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!
Zach
Oct 11, 2008 Zach rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: comics
I wouldn't be who I am today without these comics.
Heidi
Oct 29, 2012 Heidi rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone! But especially people who believe their stuffed animals are alive. They ARE, right?
More like 10 out of 5 stars (Honestly, it would make any rating scale explode. I'm a hopeless C&H fangirl.)

I got this collection for my 40th birthday to replace the old paperbacks which nearly fell apart due to almost continuous reading. It has become one of the most valued objects in my possession, and there will never be a 'finished' date. I had a really bad day? A few pages of C&H, and I'm a happier person.

Calvin and his tiger Hobbes are almost like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Or the nar...more
Bob
Mar 14, 2008 Bob rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone. (Crime if not read)
Recommended to Bob by: Freind
This collection is so grand that I can't even put in words.
This book is totally the book that anyone with a sense of humor would enjoy.

I remember a time when I read Calvin so much that I knew some of the strips by heart. There's only one sad thing about calvin & Hobbes..... That it's over.
I would truly love to see Bill Watterson come out of retirement. I would love too read Calvin again and again.

Before meeeting Calvin I used to think Peanuts was the best. (And it truly is one of the best)...more
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Book report #4
November 2, 2010
Calvin and Hobbes:
Why The Terrible two Are So Terrific

What is it like to be a six year old boy in the 80’s? In this brilliantly done, 5 star collection of cartoons by Bill Watterson, a young boy named Calvin and his stuffed tiger Hobbes run around the neighborhood making trouble and trying to figure out the confusing world around them. In Calvin and Hobbes, Calvin spends much of his time avoiding homework and school, drivin...more
Sophie Duncan
I adore Calvin and Hobbes, have done since I was a student and I borrowed some of the books off a friend. Their philosophical discussions transcend the cartoon strips so often found in newspapers, making you work for your laugh and you laugh twice as hard because of it, or sometimes you don't laugh at all, because the message is a little raw.

This collection has an introduction by the cartoonist, Bill Watterson, himself, working through his development of Calvin and Hobbes, his reasons behind the...more
Cazual23
Jun 15, 2008 Cazual23 rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone with a child's soul
I don't have the Complete Calvin and Hobbes, nor have I ever seen it, though I would love it as a present; all I know is that every Calvin & Hobbes book just adds to its status as my favorite cartoon of all time. Bill Watterson is an observant genius. He gets the fact that mischievous little kids are not just selfishly out of control, but that they have valuable insights and aspirations about life.
Just like with Summer of '49, most of my Calvin and Hobbes reading was done on my uncle's ha...more
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