Illustrated in full-color, three hardcover volumes in a sturdy slipcase bring together every Calvin and Hobbes cartoon that has ever appeared in syndication, along with an original introduction by the author, color and sport art, and a treasury of entertaining stories and poems from It's a Magical World, There's Treasure Everywhere, and other classIllustrated in full-color, three hardcover volumes in a sturdy slipcase bring together every Calvin and Hobbes cartoon that has ever appeared in syndication, along with an original introduction by the author, color and sport art, and a treasury of entertaining stories and poems from It's a Magical World, There's Treasure Everywhere, and other classRead Less
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It's very gratifying to read all of Calvin and Hobbes; finding strips I somehow missed as well as old favorites. Watterson is a genius.
Oct 21, 2010
It's Calvin & Hobes...what more is there to say?
Apparently Albris wants you to say at least 50 characters worth so here's mine: Arguably the best comic strip ever written.
Sep 4, 2008
I must for any avid reader
This set is great for those who use to be a fan of the Sunday Calvin and Hobbes on the funnies page. New generations can now enjoy the same witty jokes of a boy and his best friend. I highly recommend getting this set the outer box is constructed well and it makes a great gift.
Apr 1, 2007
I love Calvin & Hobbes
Whether you're a kid or an adult, you'll love Calvin & Hobbes. It's insightful, hilarious and deeply touching. Watterson manages keep it fresh from the very first image to the very last one. I can't think of another comic strip that could get me to burst out laughing on countless occasions or keep my up at night thinking about life and existence. Whenever I'm in a bad mood, I just open any volume of this collection to a random page and when I end up closing it I feel renewed. Highly, highly recommended.
Publishers Weekly, 2005-08-22 By 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. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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