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Calvin and Hobbes: Sunday Pages 1985-1995: An Exhibition Catalogue (Calvin and Hobbes)

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Everyone misses Calvin and Hobbes.

It reinvented the newspaper comic strip at a time when many had all but buried the funnies as a vehicle for fresh, creative work. Then Bill Watterson came along and reminded a new generation of what older readers and comic strip aficionados knew: A well-written and beautifully drawn strip is an intricate, powerfu
Paperback, 96 pages
Published September 17th 2001 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
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Mar 22, 2015 Heather rated it liked it
Recommended to Heather by: Brian
Shelves: library-books, art
My boyfriend checked this book, which is a catalog that accompanied a 2001/2002 Bill Watterson show at The Ohio State University Cartoon Research Library, out of the library and thought it'd be fun to read together. I think he was a little surprised that I didn't have a strong connection to Calvin and Hobbes from my childhood. I don't know: I read the Sunday comics at my grandparents' house, including Calvin and Hobbes, but Calvin was such a boy, and so active, and I was a girl, and bookish, and ...more
Olivier Goetgeluck
May 24, 2014 Olivier Goetgeluck rated it really liked it
"Isn't it strange that evolution would give us a sense of humor?"

"You know, Hobbes, sometimes even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help."

"There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want."

Sep 05, 2011 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Do I cry that I'll never see another original Calvin & Hobbes cartoon or do I rejoice that I own this book and others? I'll go with rejoice. What makes this collection special is that it's the catalog for an exhibit of some of Watterson's Sunday Pages. Each comic is shown with the original black and white sketch on the left and the full color strip on the right. Most include comments from the cartoonist as to why he chose the specific strip for the exhibit. As I read each strip I found mysel ...more
Nov 15, 2008 HeavyReader rated it liked it
I think I sent a copy of this book to Cassidy. Of course, he really likes Calvin and Hobbes.

I prefer the strips that are not crazy dinosaurs on the planet Zoirbsky sequences, so the Calvin and Hobbes Sunday strips are some of my least favorite.
Aug 18, 2012 Miss rated it really liked it
I miss Calvin & Hobbes.

This was an interesting perspective on the strip, focusing on the art more than the stories.

It's always interesting to gain insight into the creative process. (well, maybe not always!)
Sep 04, 2015 Daniel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Jos jedna kolekcija koja je zabavna za citanje zbog komentara samog autora posto su slike vec sve poznate.
The collection begins with an essay from Watterson about his perspective on Calvin and Hobbes 6 years removed, and it's probably my favorite part of the book. Also included are the non-colored sketches of each strip on its neighboring page. Since these sketches are reprinted in color, you can see the erasures, griddings and white-outs; a nice touch, for sure.

Comic strip enthusiasts are going to grab this book no matter what I say (and well they should if you're a collector/completist like myse
Jul 24, 2016 Dominick rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-strips, humour
Nice collection documenting a gallery display of original art. Each strip is represented by the original art and the printed version, for comparison purposes. Often though not always there are notes from watterson, sometimes quirte insightful ones about the technic=ques he was employing, other times jsut trivia, but consistently interesting. Also an introductory essay by Watterson. Probably primarily a book for fans of the strip, but the strips included are all gems, and many are classics.
Dec 21, 2015 David rated it really liked it
This book was very interesting for someone who grew up with Calvin and Hobbes. I loved hearing the commentary of Bill Watterson that accompanied each cartoon. It was very interesting seeing all the behind the scenes of what goes into making a comic and it made me appreciate his genius all the more. I enjoyed seeing the black and white versions of the cartoons as it did make me appreciate the interplay of color but that idea could have been accomplished with a few examples.
Kim Selwyn
Apr 19, 2016 Kim Selwyn rated it really liked it
Unsurprising opinion of the year: Calvin and Hobbes is a blessing, and each strip is a gift. I found this while rummaging through some old books to donate and couldn't bear myself to part with it. As a child, I just read the comics themselves, but going through and reading Watterson's notes, looking at the originals, has only deepened my love and appreciation for this formative work.

Now, to reread all of the Calvin and Hobbes collections!!
Ethan Parkin
Mar 24, 2016 Ethan Parkin rated it it was amazing
In one of the stories Calvin remarks that, "Someday I'll write my own philosophy book."
It's safe to say that within this book are some of the most profound, funny and perfect Sunday comic panels around. The magic of Calvin and Hobbes is greatly demonstrated and the side notes and introduction from Bill Waterson add to the layers of intelligence and maturity only something as brilliant as this could have. Well done sir.
Russell Olson
I remember reading this when it first came out, but I don't think I really knew what I was looking at. I think, probably like many fans of the comic, I was just hungry for a dose of Calvin and Hobbes and didn't really take the time to pour over the drawings and the thought process behind them. I don't even recall having read Watterson's introduction to the collection. Now that it is clear that C & H won't be returning to the funny pages and I've learned a heap of a lot more about cartooning ...more
Apr 07, 2015 Mommooshka rated it it was amazing
Besides the usual fabulous Calvin and Hobbes cartoons, this edition is of great interest and value to anyone interested in the behind-the-scenes work involved in creating a comic strip and dealing with the publishers.

Some strips display the original markings and descriptions of how older comics had to be written in a way that could be shortened for those papers not willing to give space to the full comics, and how that affected Watterson's composition of those strips. With his increased success
Feb 27, 2013 P rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
With all the depressing news out in the world today, I needed to kick back and distract myself with the Sunday Funnies. You can't get any better than Calvin and Hobbes. Watterson's essay on the Sunday comic as an art form and his argument against C & H licensed merchandise is also interesting. 17 years later and I'm still bummed that his strip only went for 10 yrs. Of course, The Beatles were together for only 10yrs as well; something to think about.

The book is actually an exhibition catalog
Rohit Kunal
Calvin and Hobbes is always good. This book has both the original colourless and colourful drawings with the author, Bill Watterson, describing about the comic.
Jan 13, 2014 B rated it it was amazing
Calvin and Hobbes caught my attention as a small child, and even though I didn’t always get all of the more adult jokes, I still enjoyed them. After a few years of reading, I appreciated more and more and even now, as an adult, I enjoy the creativity and joy Calvin finds in every situation of life.

After reading every book of Calvin and Hobbes, I would recommend them to anyone who wants to find the joys of a simple life and I look forward to sharing them with my own boys when they are a bit olde
Deb Luppino
Sep 15, 2014 Deb Luppino rated it it was amazing
Calvin & Hobbes is still the best. What makes this book special are the comments by Bill Watterson written 10 years after he finished the strip.
Sep 01, 2014 Heatherblakely rated it really liked it
I love Sunday comics, and seeing the explanations for some of these was interesting (seeing the very last one was a little sad, though).
Gabriel Salter
Jan 10, 2016 Gabriel Salter rated it it was ok
This particular collection focuses more on the visual than on deep plots, but it's still worth at least perusing.
Nov 21, 2015 Christopher rated it it was amazing
wh read this in addition to the complete collection? one word: comments.
May 08, 2014 Konrad rated it it was amazing
Wonderful to read a bit from Watterson. Wonderful to read Calvin & Hobbes.
Iain Hamill
Jul 02, 2015 Iain Hamill rated it really liked it
Shelves: humour
Definitely a well curated collection and an interesting opening essay from Watterson
Feb 27, 2013 Paul rated it it was amazing
Why is it that whenever I'm feeling a little low, all I have to do is pull one of the Calvin & Hobbes books from the shelf and give it a good re-read to perk me up. I've many other "funny-books", but these are the ones that bring me most joy.
Then, a little after I am done, I start re-realizing that Watterson will probably never do any more, then I get sad again.
I'm very grateful for what I have... and I'll re-read them as many times as I need... I just wish there were more.
OK, now I'm feelin
Jul 01, 2014 Mia rated it it was amazing
I am a huge Calvin and Hobbes fan, and I loved this collection.
Jun 16, 2014 James rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comicbooks, classics
Another great compendium of comic strips.
Jerry Li
Mar 19, 2014 Jerry Li rated it it was amazing
A sad goodbye to old friends...
Francis Cuncich
Dec 16, 2014 Francis Cuncich rated it it was amazing
Naught a place I'd rather bee
J. Torres
Feb 24, 2010 J. Torres rated it it was amazing
Shelves: collections
I just re-read this collection for the first time in almost a decade. Not only did it make me miss Watterson, but it made me miss comic strips, which are disappearing from newspapers at an alarming rate - and what is still being published can't touch Calvn & Hobbes. The last page (featuring the final Calvin & Hobbes strip) even made me misty. Yes, I laughed, I cried, and I need to go and revisit the other Calvin & Hobbes collections in my library. A great read.
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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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