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The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book Paperback – Sep 5 1995

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; 10th Anniversary ed. edition (Sept. 5 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0836204387
  • ISBN-13: 978-0836204384
  • Product Dimensions: 30.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 108 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 matters great and small--from cartooning to life--and stories about the inspiration behind some of his greatest strips. Not surprisingly, Watterson shines through as a being of considerable integrity, and the cartoons gain in depth thanks to his commentary. And, of course, the cartoons in the other 90% of the book are alternately side-splitting hilarious or touching. Happy Anniversary, Bill, and good luck with whatever it is you are doing now!

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No one has captured children's world view and sense of imagination in cartoon strip form as well as Watterson. Nor applied it so strikingly to comment on adult life and attitudes or the general absurdity of the world in which we live... Much will strike a chord and raise a knowing smile at their perception, but above all, they are very, very funny. MIDWEEK --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Bill Watterson hasn't drawn Calvin and Hobbes in almost 10 years, but fortunately, every strip in the series' run can be found in numerous compilations. The most impressive of these is the 10-year anniversary volume which contains some of his favorites. Watterson was a recluse and rarely gave an interview, but in this book, he is very generous in his insights into many of the comics he had drawn over the years and is particularly not bashful at taking shots at the trends of reducing the modern comic strip to almost illegible size and particularly the licensing of Calvin and Hobbes, which he very successfully opposed. It's not a surprise that he called it quits soon after this book came out.
Watterson comes off in his rants on the art of cartooning as a very bitter man, but a bitter man of unquestionable integrity. I totally agree with him that licensing characters and sticking them on "overpriced knick-knacks nobody needs" does cheapen the strip. As an example, "Dilbert" never affected me like it did after you couldn't turn around without seeing another Dilbert coffee mug, Dilbert stress ball, Dilbert burrito (I'm not making that up, folks), Dilbert hygiene product (OK, I made that up), etc. I got sick of looking at Dilbert and my interest in the strip waned.
But I love going back and looking at old Calvin and Hobbes strips. Sometimes I wish that Watterson would pick up his ink pen again and draw C&H againon his terms, but maybe he's just better off letting his creation stand on its own accord.
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By A Customer on Sept. 8 2002
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This book is great like all the other Calvin and Hobbes collections. This one, however, offers the unique feature of commentary written by Bill Watterson himself. Bill has selected some of his favorite, or important landmark, strips and some of his least favorites. He also gives an in depth study of each character (Calvin, Hobbes, Calvin's parents, Susie, Rosalyn, Miss Wormwood and Moe). He gives brief explainations of the importance of Calvin's wagon, Calvins incredible use of corrugated cardboard boxes, Spaceman Spiff and the "fantasy" strips. (Dinosaurs, Tracer Bullet, Stupendous Man ect.) Now Spaceman Spiff is a fantasy, but I think Bill thought he was especially important so Spiff is granted his own page. Bill also describes the five years where he fought tirelessly to save Calvin and Hobbes from being licensed. I honor him for his efforts, because, like he says in the book, when you have the characters appearing on coffee mugs saying things that aren't in the cartoonist's control, the character's personality can be thwarted and it ruins the actual strip. He has a section explaining the three strips that influenced him (read to find out what they are), the Sunday strips and how he feels about them, and a part on the process of creating a cartoon. At the end of the book, he has a page about comics in general. Another good thing about this book is that due to the timing of Attack of the Deranged, Mutant, Killer, Monster Snow Goons, the Sunday strips featured in that book didn't make it into a treasury collection so none of the Sundays are in reprinted in color, except for some in this book. Some strips may be even funnier after you read this, because you know where the iidea for it came from. I have to say now that if you consider yourself a fan of Calvin and Hobbes and you do not own this book, you need to seriously re-examine the title you have given youself
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This book is a must have for peole who love the "Calvin and Hobbes" comic series. At the beginning of the book, Bill Waterson talks about the comics in general, his inspirations, and a few other things. Though some of this stuff can get very boring, it is good for people who are thinking about starting their own comic series for the newspaper. At the bottom or top of each little "episodes," there is a little pannel that talks a little bit about each strip. At the beginning of the book, Bill Waterson says a little bit about most of the characters in the whole series. That part makes this book good for readers who have just started reading Calvin and Hobbes comics and are thinking of getting more into the strip. It is also a delight for people who have been reading the strip for a while and have always wanted to learn a little more about their favorite charachter in the strip.
As far as the comics in this strip go, they are pretty good. Though he didn't write new comics for this strip, he did a pretty good job selecting the little "episodes" from all his other books for this one book. I think that it is the second best treasury collection book for the "Calvin and Hobbes" series as far as the selection of comics goes, and the best of the treasury collections information wise. Personally, I think it is 4th best in the laugh factor. This book, like all the other books made from this comic strip is great for people of all ages. Buy this book right now!!!
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Is there anyone who doesn't love these two screwball characters? The idea behind the original strip (a little boy with a stuffed tiger that only talks to him) is original, at least as far as I know, and remarkably clever. Watterson carried it off for a good long while, until the pressures of writing made things so unfun to him he hung up his pen. I notice that he's stayed retired, so I would assume he took his loot and scooted.
This collection contains some of the most outrageous of the cartoons, but it also has a good deal of commentary by Watterson himself. He tells you what basis the characters have in reality, from Calvin's parents to Miss Wormwood and Susie Derkins. He also discusses the various trials and tribulations he went through as a cartoonist producing the strip for a syndicate, and the evils of said syndicates as far as he's concerned. There's a lot that hints at why he quit. He also includes explanations of what Calvin's talking about, or alternatively, what the strip is supposed to be saying. Lastly, he talks about characters he has removed from the strip, or things he did that he didn't think worked. I loved this book, and of course wish he would produce more stuff now that he's retired from the pressures of doing it day to day.
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