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The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book

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4.63  ·  Rating details ·  49,901 ratings  ·  415 reviews
Many moons ago, the magic of Calvin and Hobbes first appeared on the funny pages and the world was introduced to a wondrous pair of friends -- a boy and his tiger, who brought new life to the comics page. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of this distinguished partnership, Bill Watterson prepared this special book, sharing his thoughts on cartooning and creating Calvin an ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 5th 1995 by Andrews McMeel Publishing (first published September 1st 1995)
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Pooja
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic
Reading a Calvin and Hobbes book can make one's day. Comic strips are not only for fun but they have to tell the whole world in a nutshell about everything they want to. The wonderful and creative cartoonist does it coolly as always.

The tenth anniversary book is a collection of all the great comic strips in Calvin and Hobbes with some introduction to every one of them. It was interesting to know how and when the author got the idea and what triggered him to produce such fantastic work.

Reading o
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notgettingenough
A few years ago I thought having a cartoon book sitting by my bed at night would be the best way of going to sleep. For a long time now it’s been this Calvin and Hobbes collection, but today I binged on it, finishing it with a cup of tea after breakfast....

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Exina
Dec 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Calvin and Hobbes first appeared in 1985. This book is the tenth anniversary edition, where Bill Watterson shares his thoughts on cartooning, his struggles, and the ones who have inspired him. The reader gets a glimpse into the creative process, and some background information about the characters. Watterson also shares some of his favorite black and white strips.



A great collection!



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Pallavi
May 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
****5.0****
This guy is Amazing...
Calvin!!
Ethan
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I love comics.

I’ve never been quite as avid a reader as many of the really hardcore comic geeks, but I absolutely remember the comic strips I read when I was real young, as part of learning to read - i.e. Disney Adventures magazines, hand-me-downs from my parents, et cetera. As an adult, I like comics from both North America and Japan, though I’m slightly biased toward the latter. This here, though, is a non-superhero/fantasy/sci-fi example - rather, it’s a comic strip. I own all except two of t
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Donald Trump (Parody)
Sep 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
To anyone looking upon this book for the very first time may think this is a great book. Some would say this is a perfect book for the young one's. But to anyone with an adult age would look upon this book with a totally different view. Something is definitely going on in this book that is out of the norm, so that's when i looked into this book.

This book is obviously about a young man named 'Calvin' who goes on these "journey's" with his best friend 'Hobbes'. What some would think that makes thi
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Cheryl
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Opens with a lot of short essays. "Hobbes is more about the subjective nature of reality than about dolls coming to life." Goes on w/ lots of commentary, which kinda spoiled it for me. Watterson is a little too full of himself if you ask me... I don't think his fans made him famous for the high-falutin' reasons he tells himself. I think the strips are brilliant, but the readers are fully entitled to appreciate them at will... even if they favorite ones that Bill said weren't his best or were pro ...more
Dave Logghe
Oct 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Maureen
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor, favorites
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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Matty-Swytla
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What can I say than: "It was amazing." :)
Jon the
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The best one!
Kathryn
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An awesome book!
Elliot Kuo
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Waterson talks a bit too lengthily on his struggles with licensing and such in my opinion, but overall a good book. It was amazing to see and hear his thoughts behind the iconic strips we love.
Gavin
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Elevates its medium.
Marc
May 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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-he- ...more
Sparrow
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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!
Jon
Jun 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Benjamin Duffy
Oct 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Matt Welborn
Sep 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An insightful look into the heart, mind, and imagination of artist Bill Watterson. Every minute I spend with Calvin and Hobbes is a minute I become a more observant and awestruck human being. Please read this. Read it alone, with friends, and with your children.
Andrew
Jan 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My brother introduced me to Calvin and Hobbes years ago and i am finally catching up with the stories and the history I reminds me of - love it.
Jeanine
Feb 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
Judit
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
It was interesting to read about the thoughts and motivation behind the comics, from the creator.
Some of my favorite ones are in this collection.
Madhurya
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
it's always a pleasure to spend time with Calvin and Hobbes ! what made this book even more special was the author's commentary !!
Srfletcher
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic
I LOVE Calvin and Hobbes. That is that.
Chris Spaigjht
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In 1985 I was 14, the perfect audience for a brand new comic strip called Calvin and Hobbes.

I was old enough to be in on the joke most of the time, but young enough to feel like I still had a lot in common with Calvin.

Calvin and Hobbes came along at a time when I was trying to figure out what I believed in. They made me more philosophical. They made me feel like it was ok to be a little weird and not always fit in, that it was part of being creative and artistic. They are a big part of why I g
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Judy  Monchuk
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
I never really read Calvin and Hobbes when the strip was in newspapers, but I just finished Calvin, a YA novel about a teen who is diagnosed with schizophrenia and believes he is having hallucinations of being pursued by a man-eating tiger named Hobbes. Others said that to get the most out of that book, you should have a strong understanding of the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip. So I checked out my son's bookshelf and Voila! Here we go: cartoonist Bill Watterson's look at the first 10 y
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Pheonixtail Dragonlore
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was the very first Calvin and Hobbes book that I read growing up when I was approximately around 5 or 6 years old myself, given by my (now late) grandma when visiting her in Wisconsin around the mid 90's. It was both my gateway drug to reading (especially for comic books), and after going on to collect the rest of the Calvin and Hobbes series, it was one of my first encouragements to become an aspiring artist! I loved these books so much, that they are now starting to fall apart from loving ...more
Tanya Hahni
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this for the May prompt of my reading challenge that required a book about a cat. I actually read it to soothe my soul and then realized it fit the challenge which was a happy development. I grew up with Calvin and Hobbes and have loved them for years. I also worked in a comic book shop for a decade where I developed an interest in graphic storytelling. Out of all the Calvin and Hobbes collections, this is by far my favorite as Bill Waterson has written captions under about 75% of the str ...more
Kevin
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book is different from its counterparts in that it's the only book in which Bill Watterson shares some of his thoughts about his inspirations for the strip and the content he creates. As a fan of Watterson and Calvin and Hobbes for almost twenty-five years, I enjoyed reading the author's thoughts on his process and the characters he created.

Within the last year, I've read several Calvin and Hobbes collections and I'm repeatedly amazed at how timely some o
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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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  • Yukon Ho! (Calvin and Hobbes #3)
  • Weirdos from Another Planet! (Calvin and Hobbes #4)
  • The Revenge of the Baby-Sat (Calvin and Hobbes #5)
  • Scientific Progress Goes "Boink" (Calvin and Hobbes #6)
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