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5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back old friend.,
This review is from: The Complete Calvin and Hobbes (Hardcover)I'm a fan of the funny pages in the newspaper. I keep my subscription to the Vancouver Sun as much for the comics page as I do for anything else they print, and there some days I'm so busy that all I get to read are the comics.
There are many strips I really enjoy: For Better or for Worse; Betty; Monty; Bizarro; Speed Bump; Fisher; Mutts; Dilbert; Adam; Ben; Big Nate; 9 Chickweed Lane. All of those are comics that I read daily; some of them are only available to me online because my papers don't carry them.
But if there's one strip that I just adored, it was Calvin and Hobbes.
"Calvin and Hobbes" - named after the 16th century theologian who believed in predestination, and the 17th century philosopher who called human life "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short" - follows the adventures of a boy with an adult's maturity and penchant for finding mischief. - ABC News
A couple of days ago, I received my copy of The Complete Calvin & Hobbes.
If you're a fan of Calvin and Hobbes, it's worth every penny. The books are beautifully bound and printed on nice heavy coated paper; this is the kind of binding and paper you might well expect of those tomes of artworks museums publish - they weigh a ton! This edition is definitely meant for the dedicated fan as a permanent addition to their personal library.
If you're daunted by the price, relax. If you bought every single book, you'd spend more and still not have all the comics. If you have all the books, but this set anyways.
The first volume includes a preface with the history of the strip and commentary by Bill Watterson, the cartoonist. It was educational reading about his battle with the comic syndicate over the licensing of spin off products like t-shirts, coffee mugs, greeting cards, plush toys, etc. Bill said no to all of that, and I admire him for both his reasons for that and more importantly standing by his principles. Any Calvin and Hobbes merchandise you find is bootleg.
My first adventures with Calvin and Hobbes were as a university student. The strip was funny and enjoyable and really appealing to me on many levels. I particularly enjoyed Calvin's snowmen and his irrepressible enthusiasm for adventure. Now, a decade after Bill Watterson put down his pens and ended the strip, I'm rediscovering the joy of his humour. As a parent, some of the strips are even more poignant and meaningful, and yes, funny; some have made me laugh so hard, I had tears in my eyes and difficulty breathing.
It's been like welcoming home an old dear friend that you haven't seen in too long.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Explore!,
This review is from: The Complete Calvin and Hobbes (Hardcover)I am writing this on my birthday, having received this as a gift just yesterday. I can't think of a better gift for one's birthday! I have been a fan of Calvin and Hobbes for a very long time - indeed, I have given a lecture that drew upon images and actions of Calvin and Hobbes along with commentary based on their theological/philosophical counterparts. If you think about it, there is a good deal of Calvinist thinking in Calvin, and a good deal of Hobbesian philosophy in Hobbes. But that is, blessedly for most, not the main idea of the books here.
This beautifully produced three-volume set is the complete collection of Calvin and Hobbes cartoon strips from the newspapers over the decade that Bill Watterson produced them. I have several paperback editions of these strips, but it invariably happens that a strip I remember is not among the ones I have. For example, for the longest time I searched for the one in which Calvin expresses his difficulty with mathematics, and Hobbes explains that this is nothing - wait until he reaches imaginary numbers (like eleventeen, thirty-twelve, and other such, which tigers of course have a natural instinct for). It might take some thumbing through to find things, but then, who would mind going through this glorious collection?
All of the characters are here - Calvin and Hobbes, and all the long-suffering around them: the teacher Miss Wormwood, Susie, Rosalyn the babysitter, and Calvin's parents (who are not mentioned by name in the strip). There are also the bit players (imaginary or not imaginary) characters such as aliens, the doctor, the principal, Moe, dinosaurs, and more. We re-learn the rules to Calvinball, and re-enter the club G.R.O.S.S. (which is an acronym that stands for Get Rid Of Slimy girlS).
There are three books, each about 500 pages each. It includes a good introduction with autobiographical information about Bill Watterson, who is known to be a reclusive figure, shying away from the limelight and avoiding marketing opportunities that might have made much more money (those images of Calvin on the various trucks and cars, seen in rather mischievous situations, are actually not authorized by Watterson). Watterson recounts part of his struggle to contain the world of Calvin and Hobbes into such a short space. He also discusses the difficulty and irony of dealing with characters that are very much a part of the culture they are at the same time critiquing. The strips are a bit smaller than might wish, but in order to keep all things in one collection (without going to another large volume, and adding to the already 20+ pounds of this one) I think the decision was a good one to go with the size here.
This makes a fabulous gift, for oneself and for friends. Calvin and Hobbes live forever in the world of imagination. Go explore.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Money Well Spent,
This review is from: The Complete Calvin and Hobbes (Paperback)If you are a Calvin and Hobbes fan, do not pass this collection up. The Hardcover edition was being sold quite a while before the paperback. I decided once the paperback edition was scheduled for release, I'd wait for it. It is money well spent. Since I started reading Calvin and Hobbes, I have probably read the books dozens of times each and it is great to have all volumes in one collection.
The set itself is of the highest quality. The paper is a thick stock and is glossy. If you are the type of person looking for top quality, this set is it. It is broken up into FOUR volumes (some other reviews report three) and contains an introduction by Watterson himself.
Be patient when buying this set as you can normally find it on sale for about $60(CAN). Don't feel the need to pay full price.
This collection has my highest recommendation. Have a look at the other reviews, do you see any negatives? There is a reason for that.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good,
This review is from: The Complete Calvin and Hobbes (Hardcover)Much Better than expected. I was extremely impressed and I suggest this product to any fan of Calvin and Hobbs.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing!!,
This review is from: The Complete Calvin and Hobbes (Hardcover)I ordered the calvin and hobbes collection 2 days ago and i recieved it today the shipping is extremely fast. the books are everything i hoped for i love em!!
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Collection,
This review is from: The Complete Calvin and Hobbes (Hardcover)Bought this for my sister as a gift. She was (is) a big fan, and she was extremely happy with this collection. The books are beautiful and the illustrations are perfect. I couldn't have asked for better. Overall very satisfied customer.
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!,
This review is from: The Complete Calvin and Hobbes (Hardcover)Calvin & Hobbes consumed most of my scholastic book orders in grade school. And having all the books in one refined collection is AMAZING! Love IT!
5.0 out of 5 stars rated A++,
This review is from: The Complete Calvin and Hobbes (Hardcover)I chose this as a Christmas gift for my adult son. He loved Calvin and Hobbs growing up.. He was very impressed with it.. very nice set..
4.0 out of 5 stars The complete Calvin and Hobbes,
This review is from: The Complete Calvin and Hobbes (Paperback)This series is a gift for my 7 year old grandaughter who lives in Santiago Chile. I will probably receive some feedback in the next year or so.The packaging was beautiful.
5.0 out of 5 stars Revisiting the Boy and his Tiger,
This review is from: The Complete Calvin and Hobbes (Hardcover)Calvin & Hobbes were and still are my favourite comic book characters. Now, more than twenty years after first discovering the boy and his tiger, my eight year old daughter dug out our dog-eared and stained paperback copies from the bookshelf. She read non-stop until she had exhausted the collection. Our collection is more than incomplete. So we decided to get The Complete Calvin and Hobbes as a special family treat.
The tomes are HEAVY, but beautiful. The paper is of a heavier quality than we have in our paperback copies -- there seems to be a semi-gloss sheen. In Volume One, there is the added bonus where Bill Watterson describes how Calvin & Hobbes came into being. It was not an easy road, and stories about moving back into his parents' basement while trying to break into comics were humbling.
Calvin & Hobbes still feel as real today as they did when I first met them long before our kids came along. This three volume set may give you sticker-shock, but it is worth every penny. Consider it something to be passed along to the next generation, and the next...
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The Complete Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson (Hardcover - Sep 1 2005)
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