- Hardcover: 1440 pages
- Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Slp edition (Sept. 6 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0740748475
- ISBN-13: 978-0740748479
- Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 13.5 x 31.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 10.2 Kg
- Average Customer Review: 228 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Complete Calvin and Hobbes Hardcover – Box set, Sep 6 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. [Signature]Reviewed by Art SpiegelmanBy the 1980s the once glorious newspaper comics section had become a wasteland, ravaged by shrinking space, editorial timidity and other ills. The real excitement in my medium had moved to the fertile margins of the alternative press. Bill Watterson, as uninterested in underground comix as I was in the mass media's bland concoctions, marched directly into the wasteland and made the comatose syndicated strip form kick up its heels and dance.From 1985 until Watterson abandoned it at the height of its popularity 10 years later, Calvin and Hobbes echoed the classic strips the artist most admired. Stirring the richly conceived characters and efficient drawing of Peanuts with the visual virtuosity and linguistic playfulness of Pogo and Krazy Kat, he applied his intelligence and supple cartoon skills to come up with a creation beloved by the millions who still mourn its passing.Now, a decade after his demise, six-year-old Calvin has a fitting monument—a lavishly produced three-volume boxed collection of all the strips, which weighs as much as a tombstone. Following in the wake of Gary Larson's The Complete Far Side, and with a 250,000-copy "limited edition" first printing, the publisher realistically predicts that this book will be "the heaviest and most expensive book ever to hit the New York Times best seller list." While not as exquisitely wrought as Walt and Skeezix, the recently launched reprinting of Frank King's epic run of Gasoline Alley, or as intimate and dignified as Fantagraphics' ongoing republication of all 50 years of Peanuts, this luxurious set is dressed for success and deserves an honored spot on the happily expanding shelves of strip reprints.The Complete Calvin and Hobbes offers two intertwined narratives. One details the friendship between Calvin—the egotistical, feverishly imaginative, wised-up young tyke with the vocabulary of a Yale lit major—and his animal familiar, Hobbes. Hobbes is seen by Calvin's parents as a nondescript plush toy and by Calvin and the reader as a pouncing and amiable "real" tiger—Calvin's slightly-more-sensible better half. The crosscutting between private and shared reality gives the strip its vitality.The autobiographical introduction by the notoriously reclusive Watterson kicks off another tale about the collision of private and shared realities: the story of an ornery artist's battle to explore his craft within the claustrophobic confines of a few inches of newsprint space. The beleaguered Watterson fights the strictures of brutal daily deadlines, skirmishes with editors to win more space for his often graceful Sunday pages, slugs it out with his syndicate to keep his creation from being reduced to a stuffed doll. The later strips begin to dwell obsessively on the horrors of our dumbed-down commodity culture, and there's something poignant about the artist's hopeless struggle to work within the confines of mass culture while simultaneously critiquing it. These books offer a testament to Watterson's dedication and to the medium's ability to keep reinventing itself against all odds. (Oct.)Art Spiegelman is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Maus and In the Shadow of No Towers.
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I LOVE Calvin and Hobbes. I could go on forever about how the series helped shape me, how it helped me escape the darkest depths of my childhood, but it's simply too much to put into a solitary review. I hold immense respect for Mr. Watterson. The foreword is exceptional and helps illuminate even more about Bill's personal journey. It talks briefly about his discontent with the paper syndicate, but it's less about that and more-so about sources of inspiration. It's a must-read for Calvin and Hobbes fans, frankly.
•• IMPORTANT NOTE ••
She bought me the Paperback Edition specifically because people were raving about how easily the pages turn. The hardcover may seem more appealing in theory (more expensive, better theoretical materials), but the Paperback pages turn SO well. The paper quality is phenomenal. It's like a marriage between ordinary paper and card stock. The ink really pops off of it.. It's just... It's everything a guy or gal could want.
•• Conclusion ••
If you're on the fence about obtaining a Calvin and Hobbes collection, don't be. This is of the best possible quality, and I'm going to treasure it for years to come.
I know he'll never read this, but thank you for making this series a reality and sticking to your principles, Mr. Watterson.
This may not be an inexpensive collection, but considering the content it's a good value. There's hard-bound books inside a slip case, all nicely bound and presented. As a book collector, I appreciate good bindings and presentations, and this set ranks with some of the best mass-market releases I've seen. It's durable, and likely to last.
Every Calvin & Hobbes cartoon strip and all the weekend larger strips are here, along with a set of introductory notes about how the strip came into being, and illustrated to show the development of the characters. That's interesting reading, but of course the focus is on the strips. You get three strips to a page, or one weekend strip to a page, and they are in chronological order. Having all the Calvin & Hobbes together in one collection is great, and I've enjoyed working my way through this collection enormously. Highly recommended.
If I had one complaint it would be very minor and that is the size of the books. They are pretty large. 4 or 5 books might have been more appropriate for the amount of content. But at the same time that might have made it more expensive. Anyway, it is a very minor complaint and does not take away from a 5 star rating.
Although I had never owned the 'Complete Set' before.
Definitely go with the paperback edition as it not as unwieldy as the hard cover.
Unless you would of course prefer a more 'Coffee Table' style book(s).
I knew there was something special awaiting inside, and after going through so many Garfields, Family Circus, and Peanuts comics, I had finally found one that could still speak to me. I'm now 22, and this comic still makes me laugh, wonder and ponder. The love that was put into every one of these strips is so apparent by the feelings they convey in just 4 pictures and 25 words... It's beautiful...simply beautiful.
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