I’ve been a fan of Calvin and Hobbes since my uncle showed me a collection of the strips when I was ten. The adventures of the boy and his tiger friend ended a decade ago, but you wouldn’t know it from the collections in bookstores and the many online references. By turns touching, wry and laugh-out-loud funny, and always beautifully drawn, there’s a sense of decency and childlike (not ish) wonder behind the panels that creates something unique. I’ve read all the strips at one time or another but don’t have all the books, and those I do are so well thumbed that some are falling apart. This is no longer a problem, as for Christmas my parents bought me The Complete Calvin and Hobbes:
The volumes are heavily bound, printed on high-grade art paper and absolutely gorgeous. They’re simply wonderful to hold and look through, although I’m already paranoid about keeping them in good condition – don’t grip the pages to turn them, just brush the edges! As well as every strip ever published, they include the special artwork from the collections and a new introduction from the famously enigmatic Bill Watterson. When inside their display box the books are pleasingly weighty, but apparently Amazon were still happy to deliver it for free.
It’s very rare to find anything new C&H related. The author has refused all merchandising requests, and any t-shirts, car stickers, toy Hobbes1 etc. are all unofficial. This is a real treat. Thanks, Mum & Dad 🙂
- I’ve never seen a decent toy Hobbes, actually – I doubt it’s possible to capture that personality in a real-life object [↩]