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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.