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The Calvin and Hobbes Lazy Sunday Book by Bill Watterson
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Jul 08, 2011

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Not surprisingly, this is primarily a collection of Sunday strips. I say 'primarily', because I think Watterson regarded the covers, end pages, introductions, etc as an entertaining challenge, and seems to've taken pleasure in creating new strips and tableaux for the collections. Even if you have the newspaper strips in other books, it's worth adding this to your collection for the additional material.

In an afterword, Watterson casts back to days when Sunday cartoons were large, often multipanel works of art, and lobbies for a return to those days. As a person to whom the artwork was often more important than the text (though he was quite good at the words, as well), it's not suprising that he wanted such practices restored. But he could have made a better case for it by actually SHOWING several pages of (say) Little Nemo in Slumberland, his own work, and some of the less artistic latter-day cartoons, with illustrative critical notes. Or with a section showing the development of one of his own panels, from rough sketch to finished product. It's somewhat ironic that a cartoonist who justly prided himself on his artistry tried to make a case for words.
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