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Calvin & Hobbes Books, Tenth Anniversary Book Paperback – September 5, 1995
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Approximately one-tenth of the book contains essays about matters great and small--from cartooning to life--and stories about the inspiration behind some of his greatest strips. Not surprisingly, Watterson shines through as a being of considerable integrity, and the cartoons gain in depth thanks to his commentary. And, of course, the cartoons in the other 90% of the book are alternately side-splitting hilarious or touching. Happy Anniversary, Bill, and good luck with whatever it is you are doing now!
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Some of the commentary is very similar to what's found in the 10th anniv. book, but most of it is newly informative and interesting. As an aspiring comic-stripper, I found Watterson's comments very useful in bettering my approach to the design, coloring and plot of a comic strip, more so than what he says in the 10th anniv. book.
The collection begins with an essay from Mr. Watterson about his perspective on C&H 6 years removed, and it's probably my favorite part of the book. Also included are the non-colored sketches of each strip on its neighboring page. Since these sketches are reprinted in color, you can see the erasures, griddings and white-outs; a nice touch, for sure.
Comic strip enthusiasts are going to grab this book no matter what I say (and well they should), but more casual readers may be happier reading this book at the bookstore for free instead. It's short and contains comics already printed in the many C&H collections, but it's certainly suited for the C&H fan who wants more. I think it's very kind of Mr. Watterson, a man who never wanted the fame C&H garnered him, to offer his time and comments for this collection. As a lover of the comic arts, I genuinely thank him for helping make this book happen.
The art and the strips are outstanding, as with the other "Calvin and Hobbes" collections, but this time we also get to see Watterson's perspectives on various characters. Some of Watterson's observations about various characters are as funny as the strips themselves. Watterson makes a rather succinct comment regarding Moe the bully. I'll leave you to read the comment, but it's hilarious.
Watterson offers comments on all the major characters along with key details about each. Moe, of course, being a simple moron bully, requires minimal description, but the other key characters have a history associated with them. Watterson provided a bit of a compliment to his wife in his description of Susie Derkins. I also agree with Watterson that I suspect that Calvin does have a mild crush on Susie. Watterson offers nearly a half a page of comments on both Calvin and Hobbes that are interesting reading.
I also enjoyed the selection of various strips over ten years of the strip, showing the evolution of the strip and the characters.Read more ›
The Tenth Anniversary Book is not a depressing collection, although it is quite serious in its examination of the ten years of the strip. Watterson reveled in his creation, and the work that he produced was always of the utmost quality. This collection has some of the most joyful moments of the past--Spaceman Spiff is there, as well as Stupendous Man, the Replicator, and the dreaded Babysitter. The amazing thing isn't that Watterson is retiring, but that he could spend ten years producing such work as fresh and imaginative as his debut.Read more ›
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If you are a Calvin and Hobbs fan, this is a splendid book.Published 26 days ago by lorraine miller
I love Calvin and Hobbes! Came in brand new condition! Plan on ordering more to add to the collection!Published 29 days ago by Stephanie Hilliard
I loved Calvin and Hobbes growing up. I bought this for my son and he loved it. Quality was great, heavy and sturdy materials.Published 1 month ago by Emills88
There is nothing to dislike about Calvin and Hobbes! My six year old has learned to read better because of all of Calvin's adventures and imaginings (if that's a word). Read morePublished 1 month ago by L. P. HAWLEY
You know how disappointing it is to buy a joke book or comedy CD, expecting lots of laughs, and get only maybe ten out of the whole thing? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anna M Procaccini
My dad owned this book, and, when I was about five, he gave it to me. It was the first Calvin and Hobbes book I ever read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dave S.