- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (March 10 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1449460364
- ISBN-13: 978-1449460365
- Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 780 g
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #95,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Exploring Calvin and Hobbes: An Exhibition Catalogue Paperback – Mar 10 2015
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"America's Most Profound Comic Strip" (Christopher Caldwell, The Wall Street Journal)
"Bill Watterson talks: This is why you must read the new ‘Exploring Calvin and Hobbes’ book ... For any true fan of cartooning, it is a must-read, a must-buy, a must-pick-up ...
"Bill Watterson has delivered a gift, a trip down memory lane that is populated densely on each side with personal and professional insights — some grippingly specific, some that ring universal, many that resonate as both." (Michael Cavna, The Washington Post)
About the Author
Bill Watterson is the creator of Calvin and Hobbes, one of the most popular and well-regarded cartoon strips of the twentieth century. Calvin and Hobbes appeared in newspapers from November 1985 until Watterson's retirement in 1995.
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Exploring Calvin and Hobbes is the catalogue for the exhibition that ran at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum from 22 March to 3 August 2014. The exhibition was curated by Jenny E. Robb. That's the only second exhibition devoted to Calvin and Hobbes since the comic strip ended in 1995.
I remember the good old days of reading the comic strips on newspaper. Some newspapers nowadays still reprint them which I think is great because the magic is still there.
The highlight of the book is the 35-page lengthy interview with Bill Watterson. Watterson if you don't already know doesn't like giving interviews or deal with media so it's quite amazing to have him open up.
The Q&A style interview covers his career before Calvin and Hobbes, his influences, his process, thoughts about the comic strips, the characters, stories, newspaper syndication, why he doesn't like to talk with media and his views on licensing. For those who want to learn more about this amazing cartoonist, this book is highly recommended.
In addition to the interviews, the book also separates the comics into different themes to look at, such as storytelling devices, the format of Sunday cartoons, characters, the parents of Calvin, the environment and home setting. That follows the presentation of the exhibition. There are selected comic strips and accompanying descriptions. It certainly gives me a new way to look at the cartoons. You'll want to get The Complete Calvin and Hobbes to enjoy every comic strip that was published.
Overall, this is a nice exhibition catalogue. It's 160-pages, large format and not too expensive. So it's a good deal for the money.
This book is also available in Kindle format. I would probably recommend the Kindle format if you're interested mostly in the interview.
(See more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
This book begins with a roughly 30 page interview with the elusive Bill Watterson, the elusive cartoonist best known for the Calvin and Hobbes series. Although any insight into the series is fantastic for avid fans, it comes off as terribly dry. Although we learn more about Watterson's cartoon sources of inspiration, we get hardly any biographical information apart from a couple of friends he met in college who also happen to be artists. It sort of pigeonholes things. There was no idea of what makes Bill who he is, such as his family, his present living situation, his current pastimes, and so on. People hoping to get a sense of the real sociological or psychological background surrounding the comics will be left disappointed.
The rest is entirely filler that can be read in a sitting of no more than an hour, if we're being generous. It is a collection of strips that have already been seen to fans of the comics, with no additional content to be found anywhere (if you want to know more detail, get a copy of the 10th Anniversary book instead). I was left quite disappointed by this, and finished this book having felt a little cheated, and I'm a huge fan of the comic.
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