The Complete Calvin and Hobbes
Watterson's imaginative approach to his material and his inventive graphics have made Calvin and Hobbes one of the few universally admired by other cartoonists." --Charles Solomon, Los Angeles Times Book Review
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-...more
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 Waterson 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 too...more
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
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
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
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
This collection has an introduction by the cartoonist, Bill Watterson, himself, working through his development of Calvin and Hobbes, his reasons behind the...more
I often found myself enjoying how gleeful Hobbes looks when he insults Calvin and how gleeful Calvin and Hobbes look when they run of together to do something fun (especially if abandoning homework).
I live with a 4-year old, and the other day he was stomping around the kitchen with his arms up, making funny noises and funny faces. I think he was a dinosa...more
I already owned every C and H book in existence, but they were all very old and very ‘loved’ paperbacks, with bent and torn covers and missing pages. And most of them were buried somewhere under the clutter in my teenaged daughter’s bedroom....more
It does omit some of the cute little sketches that were included (possibly as filler?) in some of the books and that's a bit of a shame, but really everything else is in here and is so well done and in such high quality it's hard to complain.
For those who are totaly anal: 2 of the comics which used to refer to adoption have b...more
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
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
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
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
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.
PERSONAL RATING (how much the book "worked" for me personally): 5
Just bought this on the surprisingly cheap, so I can take it off my to-read list, which I also sometimes use as my to-by list. Happy Day!
Calvin is rascally, lovable, witty, imaginative, philosophical - wait, this kid is six years old?? Yes, despite being just six years old, Calvin is all these things. And I don't know how Bill Watterson does it without overdoing it, but Calvin and Hobbes are the perfect duo of playful yet poignant.
As a child reading Calvin and Hobbes, I'm sure some of the more "big questions in...more
This 3 volume boxed set contains every Calvin & Hobbes comic in chronological...more
I already owned every C and H book in existence, but they were all very old and very ‘loved’ paperbacks, with bent and torn covers and missing pages. And most of them were buried somewhere under the clutter in my teenaged daughter’s bedroom.
The only negative one can think of regarding Calvin and Hobbes is the fact that they are new cartoons are no longer being created. In fact, si...more