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Dieci anni di Calvin And Hobbes

4.62 of 5 stars 4.62  ·  rating details  ·  45,401 ratings  ·  293 reviews
Now that Bill Watterson has retired from drawing syndicated cartoons, the only way to get our Calvin and Hobbes fixes is through his book collections. The 10th Anniversary Book is particularly notable, because in addition to getting some of his most wonderful cartoons, we also gain a sense of Watterson as a person.

Approximately one-tenth of the book contains essays about

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208 pages
Published 1997 by Comix (first published 1995)
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Dave Logghe
The real joy of this book is remembering, even for just a couple of hours, what it was like to be a kid. I don't know if the comics transported me there through writing or if it was just the nostalgia. I remember picking up Calvin and Hobbes for the first time at a garage sale. It was 50 cents or thereabouts, and I really just picked it up because I was a bored little kid waiting for his parents. When I looked at the inside cover, I saw that the previous owner's name was the same as a friend of ...more
Daniel
Sami stripovi su reprize onih koje smo vec videli u prvih par kolekcija ali komentari od Vatersona je ono sto ovde dize zabavnost posto licno volim da citam kako je neko dosao na ideju za neke stvari. Po meni obavezno stivo za svakoga ko voli Calvin and Hobbes.

Narocito onaj deo kada objasnjava da je dobio negativnu postu na strip gde Kalvin fantazira da unisti skolu. Odgovor ko nije kao dete mastao o tome :)
Anna
I have never read this volume of Calvin and Hobbes like I read it this time. Before, I was too young and impatient to appreciate Bill Watterson's commentary - I usually skipped over most of it to read the comics.

This book has given me incredible insight into the life of a cartoonist, writer, artist, and working man. Anyone with a career in mind for the aforementioned goals should read Watterson's story. It is incredibly inspiring!
Maureen
This is classic Calvin and Hobbes and a great memorial to the short life of the best comic strip ever written. The introductory information written by Bill Watterson was interesting and gave me a brief insight into the quirky and creative mind that created these adorable, mischievous and precocious characters.

I was heartbroken when I heard that Bill Watterson had decided to stop writing the Calvin and Hobbes strip. I felt like I was losing two good friends. Long before I became a mother, I wou
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Marc
I'm a big Calvin & Hobbes fan so it's no surprise that I found this collection wonderful. It's also sprinkled with commentary from Bill Watterson throughout, which gives a lot of context and background I didn't otherwise know. For other Watterson fans, his work recently made a secretive appearance in June 2014in the comics pages via Pearls Before Swine (http://stephanpastis.wordpress.com/2014/06/07/ever-wished-that-calvin-and-hobbes-creator-bill-watterson-would-return-to-the-comics-page-well ...more
Tim
This was one of several books that my sons used to give me for Christmas (it might also have been a Gary Larson or a Stephen King book, but I could count on getting one of ‘em every year). They’ve sat fallow in my storage shed for quite a number of years, and when I found ‘em recently I decided to re-read ‘em.

This one was a special edition, a ten year anniversary book, with as much commentary as cartoon. Mr. Watterson, then, talks of how he became a cartoonist, how the strip developed (partially
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Jon
Because I don't typically read newspapers (trying to save the world by not killing trees), I never followed comics very closely. I was introduced to Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes almost completely after the fact. My Mom and Dad kept several collections on their coffee table. So when I visited them, I'd invariably pick one up and be amazed.
Chad
I like that this collection has an introduction from cartoonist Bill Watterson where he explains the basis of his characters, the concept of the cartoon and the constant struggles a cartoonist goes through to balance the integrity and control of their work with the demands of the newspapers they are printed in. He's frank, honest and insightful on these topics. It shows that, like many other industries, there are many things that people aren't aware of that go into writing cartoons for newspaper ...more
Benjamin Duffy
Fantastic. What sets this apart from the 950 other Calvin and Hobbes collections is that this one is heavily interspersed with Watterson's own observations about the strip, his creative process, and the elements of his own life that have informed his work. Highly recommended.
Simon
Probably the greatest things I've ever read. And that includes the greatest of the classics. The first time I encountered the last strip in this album (the one that takes up the whole last page), I'm pretty sure I cried from nostalgia.
Miles:)
The Book titled The Calvin And Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book, by Bill Watterson is a book about a kid named calvin and how he imagines how his stuffed tiger named Hobbes can talk and how their friendship flourishes and how they argue and get into a lot of physical fights. The purpose of this book is to relate to some young children, and the series was going on for ten years so Watterson explains his purposes in the comics and explains some of Calvin’s philosophy to children. I would recommend th ...more
Jeanine
I completely forgot all these Calvin and Hobbes books were on my shelves! I should know better, all of these great comics deserve to be rated too, lol.
Ana Tarouca
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Dave
Anybody who doesn't love Calvin & Hobbes is either bats**t crazy, or doesn't understand what it did. This book stands above the other collections, because the cartoons come with a brief comment from Watterson. His comments are insightful and interesting, and go a long way to understanding the artist, what inspired various strips and stories, and his struggles with the syndicator and with newspaper format changes. The comments are a valuable addition to the experience. I don't even need to sa ...more
Srfletcher
I LOVE Calvin and Hobbes. That is that.
Garrett Zecker
I was reading this with my son when we happened upon a frame where the family is camping and Calvin nonchalantly inserts, “I am six years old.” When Calvin and Hobbes debuted, I was around the age when I started reading enough to comprehend the complexity of Watterson’s work. So is the similar moment in my own son’s life - and happening upon this frame was a magical moment of revelation.

This book comprises of some of the more illuminating, hilarious, and touching strips, along with annotations t
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GONZA
Tanti anni fa, ma proprio tanti, mi avevano regalato un libro di strisce a fumetti; ai tempi ne leggevo proprio tantissimi: italiani, giapponesi, americani, tutto quello che riuscivo a comprarmi insomma, ma questo non lo conoscevo.
Parlava di un bambino di sei anni e della sua tigre di peluche, che diventava viva quando erano solo loro due.
Insomma, forse non una trama eccezionale, ma queste storie sono qualcosa di miracoloso e DAVVERO non ho capito perche' l'autore (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki
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Rhiannon
One of the many reasons I really love this book is it's not just about comics, it's also about the history of the comic strip, the backstory about the way the characters talk, how a comic is produced for the newspaper, and a whole bunch of other really amazing things! Most of that wasn't a priority part of the book when I was a kid over 10 years ago, because you know, as a kid the last thing you want to read is the "how to" or "history" of something unless it's fun, then it's in one ear and out ...more
Jackson Kohrs
Calvin And Hobbes is a comic about a six year old boy named Calvin and his stuffed tiger Hobbes. Who do things you things that a six year old and a stuffed tiger should normally do. Including but not limited to: go to space, make clones of themselves, go back in time, turn said clones of themselves into worms, argue with six year old girls and fight monsters under their bed. This is all normal for Calvin and Hobbes and what I love about the book is that it lets us see into the mind of Calvin who ...more
Writer's Relief
I’ll never forget Monday, January 1, 1995. That was the day I opened up the comics section to find that CALVIN & HOBBES—my favorite comic strip, fourth from the top on the left side—had been replaced by (of all things) DILBERT. I was 11. I cried.

This book, which came out the following September, was a nice consolation (and still is, for those that can’t afford the three-volume hardback COMPLETE C&H). It’s sort of a greatest hits: Watterson picked out a book’s worth of his favorite comics
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Todd N
Thanks to the Palo Alto library system, my children are diehard fans of Garfield. On a recent trip to the library I decided to "uplevel" (not a real word, by the way) their taste by bringing home an armful of Calvin and Hobbes collections.

My kids are now diehard fans of both Garfield and Calvin and Hobbes, so I'm declaring semi-victory. While flipping through I noticed that this book has commentary by Mr. Watterson. He's a pretty reclusive guy, so I was excited to read his own words about his cr
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Eric Althoff
Jun 26, 2007 Eric Althoff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The fans
Calvin & Hobbes creator Bill Waterson waxes philosophically about all things C&H in this 10th anniversary anthology (published in 1995). The reclusive Waterson talks frankly about the tortuous process of being a daly cartoonist (he has since retired the strip) as well as the evolution of his strip and his inspirations for the characters of Calvin, Hobbes, Susie Derkins, Miss Wormwood, Moe the bully, and the rest of the gang. (It was fascinating to read Waterson say that the truth about H ...more
Harris
How can I review something that came to be so integral to shaping my worldview (yeah, I think I would go that far)? The entire opus of Bill Watterson's work on Calvin and Hobbes defies easy explanation. Others have already written so much more eloquent and capable responses than I, but I feel I need to share my thoughts. Calvin and Hobbes, along with the Far Side, were among the few worthy pieces of the newspaper comic sections in my childhood (let alone today) and Calvin's daydreaming of dinosa ...more
Krishna Kumar
Calvin and Hobbes is among my favorite comic books, up there with Tintin and Asterix. This particular edition is more than just a collection of comic strips. Bill Watterson explains some of the background stories and considerations behind some of the more popular and controversial strips that he created. He also reiterates his commitment to keeping Calvin and Hobbes free from being commercialized.
Mark Baker
No new comics you can't find in the other collections, but it does contain some of the best from this comic strip. And Bill Watterson's commentary on the strips is priceless for die hard fans of the classic.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Arjun Arora
This book was a collection of hilariously funny comic strips from the writer of the Calvin and Hobbes comic strips Bill Watterson. Calvin is a boy with a stuffed toy tiger but he thinks that the tiger is real and he caught it using a trap.The tiger is called hobbes and the book tells you about there hilarious days together.
Nathan
Aside from “The Complete Calvin and Hobbes” this has to be the best collection of the comic. It's a sort of “greatest hits” album from the strips' first decade. While some of the material has been reprinted, there is still a large amount that (at the time)had never appeared in book form. However, it is the commentary by Bill Watterson that really makes this book worthwhile . It seems like every other page has some little snippet, fact or story about his years drawing the comic. They give a lot o ...more
Clayton
I'm now working at the circulation desk at the library and this book came across my path the other day. I was, and still am, a tremendous fan of calvin and hobbes. I always read it growing up and was so sad to see it go when it did. I hate to sound sappy, but this comic strip touches me, takes me back, puts things in perspective. I've read several of the books/collections over the years, but never read this one. I really enjoyed all of the commentary provided by Watterson. He explains how he sta ...more
Aaj
Calvin and Hobbes is one of the best comic strips ever published.
And hundreds of them collected in a book, is mere a feast!

In addition to that, we get to know the idea behind each character, how the story of each strip was conceived which adds to the fun.

In introduction, Bill Waterson explains his views regarding licensing the strip and his famous fight with syndicate regarding the same. These first 8-10 pages are a must read and think about..
Jayson Swanson
Bill Watterson gives us a satisfying look behind the scenes of his magnum opus, one of the greatest comic strips of all time. It's a shame he retired soon afterward, but this book gives you a glimpse into his mind, allowing you to follow along with his creative process.
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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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