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The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury Paperback – June 1, 1992

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good jokes and unusual twists. SUNDAY TIMES The sad thing about this eagerly awaited annual is that I know that already one Jersey bookshop has sold out of it. JERSEY EVENING POST --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; 8th Printing edition (June 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0836218981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0836218985
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.7 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (335 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This treasury is far and away the best of the entire Calvin and Hobbes Collection. I own every book, and have recently reread them all, and without a doubt this is the very best. For one thing, it was written right in the middle of Watterson's C&H career, which means that the writing and ideas are still fresh, while super-improved drawings and Sunday strips have just begun. Second of all, Watterson must have been on a powerful creative streak, because there is an amazing number of stories within the "Indispensible" collection. There are three Rosalyn babysitter tales, the bug collection story, the bat project, two camping trips, G.R.O.S.S. adventures, the burglar break in, the car down the hill, multiple Stupendous Mans, multiple Spaceman Spiff getaways, the duplicator going "boink" and creating more Calvin's, a rare, great Tracer Bullet story, Calvin defying gravity and size, Calvin on the baseball team, and a time machine adventure to the dinosaur age. The sheer amount of stories here is unheard of for a C&H collection, and the best part is that almost every one is fantastic. Thirdly, the Sunday strips are in color, which is a huge plus. Fourthly, Calvin's parents have finally been rendered as three dimensional and sympathetic individuals, a characteristic that had been lacking in the earlier books. Last of all, as always, these comics are frequently hilarious, sometimes touching, and always entertaining. This collection personifies those characteristics to the nth degree, and is without a doubt the best Calvin and Hobbes for anyone to buy. If you're looking for other good C&H books, I would also recommend the Essential Collection (first two books, funny yet lacking in drawing), Snow Goons, Psycho Jungle Cat, Treasure Everwhere, and the 10th Anniversary. I hope this was helpful both for prospective buyers, and old fans looking back.
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Format: Paperback
Fans of Calvin & Hobbes who used to read the newspaper strip in the 80s and 90s will find great pleasure in reading this treasury of C&H comics. These witty comics about the 6-year old Calvin and his stuffed tiger Hobbes, named after the famous philosophers, will amuse people of all ages. The perceptiveness and humor of Watterson deserve the highest of cartoon awards, while his artistic creations exude hilarity. This cartoon is perhaps one of the most piercing yet funny critiques of modern society.
This book starts out with Calvin praying for snow so he can engage in one of his favorite hobbies: sledding, and then his other favorite hobby, throwing snowballs at Susie. Aside from the snowman exhibition, this book is a must-have since it covers the founding of C&H's GROSS (the Get Rid of Slimy girlS club). This also has the hilarious series about the time Calvin's personal gravity polarity reversed, and the episode when the Transmogrifier becomes the Duplicator.
Note that there are two series of C&H collections: individual wide-format albums, each covering an entire year of strips (will call it "regular"), and the vertical aspect ratio "treasury series" which covers selected comics from two regular C&H books. Note that C&H ran for a year in newspapers, so there's 10 regular books and 5 treasury books. Though the cartoons are slightly smaller in the treasury collection, each treasury book is far thicker and contains more strips than a regular book, and is furthermore less expensive, so treasury books are a real bargain. "The Indispensable Calvin & Hobbes" belongs to the Treasury collection, and was first released in 1992.
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Format: Paperback
I love Calvin and Hobbes, but I've noticed that frequently the online reviews of the 'essential' Calvin and Hobbes volumes in particular are misleading. Each of these volumes are essentially a 'best of' and NOT a compendium, of three other Calvin and Hobbes books. While they do have lots of great strips, they skip over others. (In particular singular strips are usually left out in favor of ones telling a broader story over several days, if not weeks.) What these compilations DO have which the others don't is a cool watercolor introduction with full page illustrations.
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I've been a fan of Calvin and Hobbes most of my life. So I'm not commenting on the truly magical comic strip. That should be read by every human being in America, issued at birth in fact.

My review is in regard to the Kindle version, which is quirky, buggy, and operates unlike any other eBook on my Kindles.

First of all, this eBook CANNOT (for some inexplicable reason) be downloaded to Apple products other than the iPad. So the iPhone and Kindle for Mac apps are excluded. This is truly Kindle device only (with the minor exception of Kindle for Windows, which is surprising given that it's not available for the Mac computer format).

That means a couple of things:

1. All of your devices will not be able to view this download. No iPhone or Mac viewing. If you do a lot of reading using your Kindle app on those devices (standing in line at the DMV or in a doctor's office, for example) forget about Calvin and Hobbes; you won't be able to read it, and

2. You're stuck, for the most part, reading this eBook on Paperwhite and Kindle devices, such as my Fire HD - and therein lies most of the issues I have with this eBook.

On my Paperwhite, when I want to increase the size of the panels, I do so NOT by double tapping (as the instructions say), but by moving my finger tips in an outward motion, like I would to increase the point size of the font.

Then, the comic strip page slides over the surface of my eReader, like it's not anchored down. Sort of like what you experience using Google maps or Mapquest, the image you touch with your finger or with the cursor moves and slides. To get out of that moving-panel situation, I need to click on an X in a square.
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