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  • 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
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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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I was disappointed in this book. It was an interesting interview inside the book, but seemed to be a lacking in the strip content department. I have been a real fan of the antics of C&H, but really didn't feel this book was worth the money. I'll gift it for Christmas, I suppose. Not great bang for the buck. Sorry.
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The interview with Watterson reveals that he is just as much of an interesting cat as one would imagine from the quality of the strip's writing. While he _professes_ to be ignorant of pop culture and not well read, his comments belie a deep understanding of human nature, society, culture and the world in general, so I don't quite buy it. I suspect it just doesn't take him as long to get to the end answer so his consumption needs are lower to arrive at great insights. Brilliant read.
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By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on March 17 2015
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I don't usually order exhibition catalogues because some can be quite boring. But anything with Calvin and Hobbes is something you should examine more closely.

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.
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I suppose I should preface this by saying I own 18 Calvin and Hobbes books, not including the complete paperback volumes. This was the 19th book in the series that I had purchased, and the only one I really regret having spent money on. If you are as big a fan of the strip as I am, you may only wish to purchase this book to advance your collection and not because it has any meaningful content.

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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A must have for any Calvin and Hobbs fan. While the strips included are well known, the book is more than worth it for the extensive interview with Bill Watterson
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This was a great read. I've been a huge C&H fan since I was a kid (33 now), and reading this took me way back. This book was awesome for getting into the history of the comic and some of Watterson's inspirations and creative process. The interview was also awesome. He seems like a really solid guy, and this book made me appreciate both him and his work even more. I highly recommend it, especially for hardcore fans.
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Another fun look at the behind the scenes work of Bill Watterson. This exhibit catalogue makes me wish I'd been able to see them in person but no trip to Ohio that year. Instead we get this lovely little book to console those fans who could not attend.
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A wonderful book filled with interesting information and wonderful insight into Bill Watterson and the magic that was the Calvin and Hobbes series.
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