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I've been a fan of Calvin & Hobbes since they first came out, and bought all the yearly (or so it seemed) anthologies when they were released, happily re-reading each at intervals. Those yearly releases were paperbacks, so when this hard-back bound volume came out, I had to add it to the collection. Not only does it have every strip in it, but they are in a well-made and attractive set. What's not to like if you're a Calvin & Hobbes fan?

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.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon July 22, 2016
If you're a true C&H fan, you should *already* own this set. The books are so well put together - the quality of the printing and weight of the paper is fantastic. They don't feel fragile at all; they are actually quite heavy, especially considering they aren't hardcover. When I purchased this the list price was $65 + free shipping, and I feel it's an amazing set for that price.
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HALL OF FAMEon February 15, 2006
I am writing this on my birthday, having received this as a gift just yesterday. I can't think of a better gift for one's birthday! I have been a fan of Calvin and Hobbes for a very long time - indeed, I have given a lecture that drew upon images and actions of Calvin and Hobbes along with commentary based on their theological/philosophical counterparts. If you think about it, there is a good deal of Calvinist thinking in Calvin, and a good deal of Hobbesian philosophy in Hobbes. But that is, blessedly for most, not the main idea of the books here.
This beautifully produced three-volume set is the complete collection of Calvin and Hobbes cartoon strips from the newspapers over the decade that Bill Watterson produced them. I have several paperback editions of these strips, but it invariably happens that a strip I remember is not among the ones I have. For example, for the longest time I searched for the one in which Calvin expresses his difficulty with mathematics, and Hobbes explains that this is nothing - wait until he reaches imaginary numbers (like eleventeen, thirty-twelve, and other such, which tigers of course have a natural instinct for). It might take some thumbing through to find things, but then, who would mind going through this glorious collection?
All of the characters are here - Calvin and Hobbes, and all the long-suffering around them: the teacher Miss Wormwood, Susie, Rosalyn the babysitter, and Calvin's parents (who are not mentioned by name in the strip). There are also the bit players (imaginary or not imaginary) characters such as aliens, the doctor, the principal, Moe, dinosaurs, and more. We re-learn the rules to Calvinball, and re-enter the club G.R.O.S.S. (which is an acronym that stands for Get Rid Of Slimy girlS).
There are three books, each about 500 pages each. It includes a good introduction with autobiographical information about Bill Watterson, who is known to be a reclusive figure, shying away from the limelight and avoiding marketing opportunities that might have made much more money (those images of Calvin on the various trucks and cars, seen in rather mischievous situations, are actually not authorized by Watterson). Watterson recounts part of his struggle to contain the world of Calvin and Hobbes into such a short space. He also discusses the difficulty and irony of dealing with characters that are very much a part of the culture they are at the same time critiquing. The strips are a bit smaller than might wish, but in order to keep all things in one collection (without going to another large volume, and adding to the already 20+ pounds of this one) I think the decision was a good one to go with the size here.
This makes a fabulous gift, for oneself and for friends. Calvin and Hobbes live forever in the world of imagination. Go explore.
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on October 6, 2005
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.
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on October 7, 2005
I began reading Calvin & Hobbes in the newspaper in 1985, in Winnipeg, MB. I had moved there with my family for my last year of high school, and stumbled upon a young boy and his tiger whose adventures of the mind were so true to my own concept of childhood, yet irreverant enough to appeal to a rebellious high school student.
Soon, clippings were being sent east to friends in Ottawa, where they were dutifully placed into photo albumns - forming what may have been some of the first Calvin & Hobbes compilations.
Ten years later, with much of the rest of the world, I was saddened to see Calvin & Hobbes careen off into the great undocumented adventure that would become the rest of their lives, but sentimentally attached to that pair and their demented snowmen.
These books are top quality, nicely packaged and will bring years of re-reading joy. The introduction by Bill Watterson gives some insight into his travels with the pair, and some of the humourous inspirations for the characters and their travels.
As the publisher predicted, I agree, these are likely to become the heaviest and most expensive books to ever hit the NY Times Bestseller list. But deservedly so. Enjoy, and for many years to come.
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on November 26, 2009
This book is the perfect collection a Calvin and Hobbes fan can have. Despite being somewhat pricey, I have not regretted my decision to buy this for one moment. The strips are presented to you at the highest quality possible with all the colours and comments from Bill in the introduction.

Worth every penny.
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on July 18, 2016
Best cartoon period!! My father once told me that I had done several things close to Calvin's antics and he would find it funny to relive them through the books. My mother begged me not to give them to my dad right before bed or she would never be able to sleep. Bill Watterson captures the 6 year old perfectly!!!
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on June 25, 2016
This was my sons passing gift (first year in high school!) ...He went from a 54% average in french to a 90% so this is WELL earned indeed!...Much cheaper than if i had walked into a Chapters store ($100.00)
Thanks for your awesome service!
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on August 19, 2008
Anyone who has ever chuckled at one of Calvin's antics, grunted at his Dad's outrageous theories, or maybe snickered at Hobbes' tiger-pounces should definitely get this jumbo collection of CnH strips.

I have just received this super-heavy package today, and the postman was literally grunting as he lugged it from his truck to my door. I don't think he would have complained as much if he knew what joy this package brought to me!

I think it is going to be an all-nighter for me today - meanwhile all the rest of you who haven't ordered this book go ahead and order it NOW, it is worth every penny!
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on July 5, 2013
So happy I bought this for my husband! He used to have them all individually, but sold them when he was younger. He and I, and our nieces and nephews and cousins and aunts, etc., all love Calvin and Hobbes. So many of the stories are so relatable, both for kids reading his adventures as Spaceman Spiff or adults remembering all the crazy, stupid things their children did and relating to the adults in the comic. I would definitely state this as my favourite cartoon strip, and recommend it to anyone who would listen!
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