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Enjoy this beautiful companion book to the extensive Exploring Calvin and Hobbes exhibition at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library. Includes an in-depth, original,and lengthy interview with Bill Watterson.Exploring Calvin and Hobbes is the catalogue for an exhibition by the same name at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at Ohio State University that ran in 2014.Enjoy this beautiful companion book to the extensive Exploring Calvin and Hobbes exhibition at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library. Includes an in-depth, original,and lengthy interview with Bill Watterson.Exploring Calvin and Hobbes is the catalogue for an exhibition by the same name at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at Ohio State University that ran in 2014. The exhibit is Bill Watterson's personal exploration of how the wonder of Calvin and Hobbes came to be. It includes original art of Calvin and Hobbes, along with Watterson's original commentary. The show also includes art from cartoons and cartoonists that Watterson has identified as influential in the development of his art, including Peanuts, Pogo, Krazy Kat, Doonesbury, Pat Oliphant, Jim Borgman, Flash Gordon, Bloom County, and Steadman. The book also includes an extensive, original interview with Watterson by Jenny Robb, the exhibition's curator.The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is the repository of the Bill Watterson Deposit Collection (including the entirety of Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes artwork)....

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Exploring Calvin and Hobbes: An Exhibition Catalogue Reviews

  • Anita Ashland
    2018-12-26 20:02

    The 37 page interview with Bill Watterson is reason alone to read this book. It is the only in depth interview of him since he retired in 1995. The remainder of the book contains the collection of strips that was on exhibit in 2014 at The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum in Ohio. It is a small sampling but just enough to remind you of how wonderful this comic strip was.My favorite quotes from the interview:"Richard Thompson...said he likes to work with small things he notices- and his example was "gravel in the street." That might be a little too small, but I agree with him. Daily minutiae are not actually trivial. It's a wonderful thing to draw your attention to tiny little moments and small episodes. There can be something simple, grounded, and true when you observe those generally unnoticed small things. I tend to like that scale. Whenever I go to a computer-animated movie, I think, "Oh, please, not another quest." You know, must we always journey to discover ourselves, find home, and save Christmas?""I love the unpretentiousness of cartoons. If you sat down and wrote a two hundred page book called My Big Thoughts on Life, no one would read it. But if you stick those same thoughts in a comic strip and wrap them in a little joke that takes five seconds to read, now you're talking to millions. Any writer would kill for that kind of audience. What a gift.""I think comics are something like folk art - sometimes breathtakingly kitschy, sometimes kooky and charming, and once in a while, as interesting and significant as any fine art."

  • JulieDurnell
    2018-12-24 17:01

    An interesting interview to preface the exhibition comic strips-I've always loved Calvin & Hobbes!

  • Jenna
    2019-01-01 16:15

    A lovely re-introduction to Calvin and Hobbes that has made me want to reread the entire thing all over again. Loved it as a kid and I've still loved it every time I've reread them. The interview with Bill Watterson was insigtful and I liked seeing his influences as well as the tools that he used to draw the strip. He's even witty whilst describing drawing supplies! Clear Plastic Thing With Holes: I don't even know what this thing is called. The idea is you stick your pencil in various holes and drag the gizmo along your T-square. This will give you evenly spaced, ruled lines for lettering. If you fuss with it and turn the little wheel, you can subdivide your lines for even greater lettering accuracy. I used that feature exactly zero times.Crow Quill Pen: ...I used any nib that would fit in the plastic holder.Ah, fond childhood memories of copying Calvin and leaping into the swimming pool with an oversized umbrella. Probably not one of my cleverest moments...

  • Sujeet
    2019-01-01 18:12

    A great book for any one interested in cartoons or art itself. An absolute must for any Calvin and Hobbes fan. It includes a rare interview with Watterson covering his views on artistic integrity, his childhood, his inspirations and the million dollar question - Is he going to write a new comic? It also goes over recurring plot devices, Watterson's fav comic strips and the tools of his trade! It has some rare strips which never made to print such as the strips before Calvin had spiky hair and the strips with Marvin who eventually becomes Calvin.

  • Matthew Fitzgerald
    2019-01-04 18:16

    Is there any Calvin & Hobbes book that doesn’t deserve 5 stars? Even if you have all the strips and all the other books, this one is special. In a rare peek behind the curtain, this book (a companion for a Watterson-approved exhibition of the strip at the Cartoon Library and Museum at Ohio State University) offers rare treats for fans: a wide-ranging interview with Watterson, a look at the history and variations of his strip leading up to the launch of the C&H, and an academic analysis of its components with archival-quality originals in their blurry, pen and ink (and white out) glory. At once a great behind-the-scenes look, this book is also a great showcase of an artist and his craft. Perhaps not for the casual Calvin & Hobbes fan, but who doesn’t want to see Watterson’s college cartoons and work from his brief stint as a political cartoonist? Who wouldn’t want to view the early drafts of strips he tried of non-C&H characters? How great is it to see the earliest strips when Calvin was drawn differently and watch (with carefully selected examples) just how much artistry and growth the strip saw in its 10-year run?As with almost every C&H book, this one knows just how special this comic strip is, and it’s lovingly rendered to share the joy and art and fun of this world with all who turn its pages. If you own a single Calvin & Hobbes book, this is worth adding to your collection.

  • Laura
    2019-01-17 13:10

    When I learned to read, one of the first books I picked up at the library was a Peanuts book. It didn't take long for me to discover a Calvin and Hobbes book siting nearby. I would sit in the evenings and giggle my way through page after page. Before long I had introduced my siblings, parents, cousins, and friends to the magical world of Calvin and Hobbes. Though I've read the books over and over again, I never tire of them. So you can imagine my response when I discovered this book in the works. As soon as this book became available for pre-order, I did so. Then the long wait--I felt like Calvin waiting for his beanie to arrive in the mail...except that this wait ended up being worth it! When you admire a writer or an artist, it's a beautiful privilege when they let you peek inside their mind, their creative process, and their life. This book provided just such a privilege. I savored every page: from the interview to the comics I've already read a billion times, but appeared in a new light to me when I got to see his original drawings. What a delight!

  • Jason
    2019-01-08 20:21

    A great look behind the scenes of the greatest comic strip of all time. I especially enjoyed the 35-page interview with the notoriously media-shy Watterson. Amazing stuff!

  • Sojourner
    2019-01-04 18:17

    American cartoonist Bill Watterson's creation Calvin and Hobbes continues to be one of the most endearing comic strip characters who amused, entertained and enlightened families worldwide. Calvin is an adventurous, intelligent and articulated six-year-old while his companion Hobbes is caustic and mischievous. While their stories are true to their characters, what is strange about them is how Bill Watterson named them after John Calvin, a theologian, and Thomas Hobbes, a philosopher.For fans of Calvin and Hobbes, Exploring Calvin and Hobbes: An Exhibition Catalogue will come as a delightful surprise, especially for those who have made Calvin and Hobbes a part of their families. While some may argue that these two comic strip characters are for small kids, they have never failed to amaze and surprise me with their wit and wisdom. May be, there is a child somewhere in my soul which makes me want to shout out their names every time I come across them. If there is a small child somewhere inside your big body, Exploring Calvin and Hobbes: An Exhibition Catalogue will surprise and delight you.

  • Laurel
    2019-01-15 20:58

    My Dad says it was my brother and I who introduced him to Calvin and Hobbes through the books. We always believed it was our Dad who showed us the comics. Regardless, in our family, this comic is spoken of with true affection, if not outright love. I am grateful for this book as it has finally given me something I have always longed for; insight into Bill Watterson himself. The reclusive artist responds to an extensive interview. Not only that, but both he and the curator of the exhibit have done an exquisite job of making the pieces they selected about the true theme of the comic, the friendship of Calvin and Hobbes. Messy, loving, never perfect but just what we needed. I can open any one of my many Calvin and Hobbes books to a random comic and find that it will not only make me laugh out loud, but it will likely warm my heart in just the way that I needed in that moment. So grateful for this book!

  • Paul Baker
    2018-12-24 14:00

    Although this is a book of cartoons, its greatest value is the personal input of Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson. It is extremely rare for Watterson to share as much information as he did in his stimulating interview with curator Jenny Robb when the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum put up an exhibition of his work on the Ohio State University campus.The exhibition materials themselves are quite fascinating, being a retrospective of the ten year run of Calvin and Hobbes, but the interview and Watterson's personal comments on the work are what makes this volume truly remarkable.A must for all Calvin and Hobbes fans!

  • Donald
    2019-01-22 20:13

    This book is sort of like a "history of" and a "greatest hits of" Calvin and Hobbes! I did not know Calvin had a previous name (Marvin!) or haircut (bangs!)! Or that there was a strip called "Critturs", the sample of which looks sort of like a precursor to C&H! Cool stuff!I didn't give it a full 5 stars because of the loooong interview that seemed pretty dry and bored me quite a bit. But the rest of the book is awesome and fully enjoyable for a Calvin and Hobbes fan - like me!

  • Rebecca
    2019-01-16 21:04

    I've been a Calvin and Hobbes fan for as long as I can remember and it's one of those rare comic strips you can return to over and over again and enjoy just as much the tenth time as the first. This is a brief catalogue of the exhibition which also include an introduction and a delightful and enlightening interview with Watterson. This definitely made me wish I could see the exhibit in person and made me want to go pull out all of my old Calvin and Hobbes books again.

  • Shannon
    2019-01-09 17:02

    Calvin and Hobbes was the cornerstone of my childhood reading and I was heartbroken when Calvin disappeared from the comic pages. So imagine my excitement when I find this interview with Bill Watterson! So many questions answered!

  • Susan Stonesifer
    2019-01-15 19:06

    While "only" a catalog, there's lots of interesting info about the creator's work and life. Even thigh I read all of the cartoons in the Post originally, and have read them over again, they still made me laugh.

  • Joshua
    2018-12-23 17:12

    The companion book to the museum collection at Ohio State with an interview with Bill Watterson. Includes strips of the comic and tools of the trade and the elements of the comic. This is childhood and the best comic of all time.

  • The
    2019-01-06 14:59

    Especially inspiring and heartwarming for a reason I can't quite explain.

  • Peter Flom
    2019-01-15 14:26

    For Calvin and Hobbes fans. Full review:

  • Ronen
    2019-01-18 17:02

    Loved this, the interview is sincere, and a great window into Watterson's career and personality. What a wonderful guy. The selected comics brought back many a mirthful laugh. Alas, too short.

  • Lyle Blosser
    2018-12-27 16:04

    The official catalog of the "Calvin and Hobbes" collection exhibition, including a in-depth interview with Bill Watterson and many classic C&H strips. A must-have for any "Calvin and Hobbes" fan.

  • Patrick Sprunger
    2019-01-05 18:06

    I believe it was a introductory essay to one of the original Calvin and Hobbes collections that taught me the phrase "Bullwinkle effect" (something that is "funny at five, funnier at fifteen, and hilarious at twenty-five" - a handy phrase to describe a phenomenon that not only ages well but spans generational gaps). That explanation works for Bullwinkle -and Monty Python - and Ren & Stimpy - but, honestly, doesn't apply to Calvin and Hobbes, the thing I recall the phrase was posited for. Because Bullwinkle ultimately caps out at "hilarious." It reaches its peak in its third appraisal. Whereas Calvin and Hobbes transcends and transcends and presumably transcends some more. I've been a fan of Calvin and Hobbes since year one. Now, in my late thirties, Calvin and Hobbes isn't merely "hilariouser" than it was ten years ago; it's positively sublime. And sweet. And beautiful. I was pleased that Bill Watterson feels the final two years of the strip represent his best work. He feels it is the best work he was personably capable of - hence the reasoning behind retiring the strip in 1995. This is not the same as a cultural enigma choosing to "go out on top." It is something reserved for true artists and literary voices. I recall Watterson's months-long sabbatical in 1993. When he came back to work in 1994, it was literally epochal. Calvin and Hobbes had changed - and it had the feeling of being in a final cycle. Even at the time, it seemed clear that Watterson was building to a climax. I also recall watching Peanuts age and age and age. There was nothing morbid about Peanuts's transition into old age. And, in many ways Schultz found the same serendipity in his fin de seicle voice as Watterson, only on a longer, less certain scale. But Peanuts stopped being imminent decades before his final 90s strips. Peanuts, spanning five decades (!!!), is an opus. Aficionados and students alike feel a need to contextualize it, as it applies to the social situations of, first, the 1950s, then the 1960s, then the changing perspectives of a middle-aged man - then a superannuated one - living in an increasingly foreign century. In it, the fundamental weirdness, pathos, and serendipity of Peanuts is overshadowed leaving us with something more academic than sublime. I would not have wanted to see Calvin and Hobbes share that fate. It's also wonderful to experience Watterson explaining himself. Exploring Calvin and Hobbes has the most comprehensive interview with Watterson I've ever come across. In it, he debunks the popular narrative of himself as the Salinger of the comics world, or as a sanctimonious elitist. We see, satisfyingly, that he's actually just an intelligent person with well developed opinions and the confidence and principles to allow them to drive his decisions. Watterson's reputation as a highly principled paragon of integrity is strengthened here.This is a catalog to an exhibit that was, undoubtedly, well curated (why didn't I take advantage of a friend living in Ohio as an excuse to see the show in person?!). I long for a book that gives a closer inspection of Watterson's influences (I got Peanuts and Pogo on my own (and am I alone in seeing traces of Peyo too?), obviously but didn't have the familiarity with Flash Gordon to catch that without being shown). But I really wish we could hear Watterson talk more. 130 pages is a poor way to reflect on Calvin and Hobbes. There's really no substitute for my experience of being seven when it debuted and eighteen when it ended and being present and devouring it the whole time as I grew from a small child into a nascent adult. Barring that good fortune, the complete collection (worth every penny of its current $150 or so price tag) is the next best thing. Instead of 130 pages of selected pieces and brief editorial, I dream of a DVD or book of collected writing from the artist himself, explaining and sharing and generally clearing up the small misconceptions that have accrued over the years. Maybe one day.

  • Harlan
    2019-01-18 13:04

    Outstanding exhibition catalogue and curated collection of one of the finest and most meaningful comics ever. The book includes hundreds of reproductions of the original ink drawings -- you can see the pencil lines, and the Sunday strips are black and white -- along with influential earlier strips by others, and a very long and insightful interview with Bill Watterson.

  • Kyle Wright
    2018-12-23 16:57

    Having grown up reading The Far Side, Peanuts, and Calvin and Hobbes, I was understandably excited to read some new material from Bill Watterson (an interview, not new comic strips). Calvin and Hobbes was a big influence on me as a kid and I found it very enlightening to read about Watterson's influences, thoughts on his work, and the legacy he left behind.The interview with Watterson was fascinating, and it was a real treat to see some copies of the original art. I also enjoyed the section with his comedic look at the art supplies he used to create the comic strip. Brilliant stuff.That said, I had to knock off one star for a couple reasons. First, I've been a bit spoiled by IDW's Artist Editions. According to the interview in the book, Watterson drew two strips per 11"x14" piece of paper, far larger than the approximately 8.25"x10.5" of the pages in this book. It would have been fantastic to see the strips reproduced in full size, just like the originals. If anyone from IDW is reading this, we need a "Lazy Sunday" Artist Edition please!The second knock, though it's not entirely unexpected nothing was included, is I had hoped to see some new material, perhaps discarded strips that never made it to publication. There's nothing of the sort here.The final thing I would have liked to see is individual commentary on the selection of strips included in the book. It would have been interesting to read what Watterson was thinking when he wrote those specific strips (assuming he even recalls what was going through his mind the day he came up with it, as it's been over 20 years). Failing that, at least his current thoughts on the selected strips would have been fantastic.Now, don't get me wrong. It seems like I have a lot of complaints, but they are all minor and I wasn't really expecting new material or full-sized reproductions of his art anyway. I highly recommend this book. Whether you're a long-time fan or just starting, it's an interesting look into one of the best written comic strips of all time.

  • Troy
    2019-01-06 21:08

    I can't put into words how influential Calivin and Hobbes has been to me as an artist and lover of art and comics, but this book makes me love it all over again. This is probably the only book I've read where Bill Watterson shares his process, means of thinking, and history. He explains why he was a recluse, why he stopped when he did, and how he got to where he was, all things I had heard hinted at or passed down nineteenth-hand before. This is an artist in his own words. In some things he comes across petulant, some thoughtful, some naive, but very understandable and very relatable. In sports, it's an anachronism for someone to quit their sport in their prime, and they are the exception to the rule. Watterson gives a reason; he had no more to say. He says that the last three years of the strip were his best, and he honestly, REALLY doesn't understand why people like Calvin and Hobbes so much. That astounds me. He doesn't actually get it.His concern wasn't politics, or making a point, or even really giving you insight as to the world of a six year old. It was doing his best work.Anyone who enjoyed Calvin and Hobbes needs this book. Point blank, straight up. You've seen the comics included in the exhibition collection, but to see some of his paintings and his pre-Calvin work (Calvin originally had bangs that covered his eyes) was a treat.

  • Tom Franklin
    2018-12-24 21:26

    This is the companion book to an exhibition of Watterson's work by the comic art museum he gave all of his original Calvin and Hobbes works to for archival and research purposes. The biggest addition this book provides to the Calvin and Hobbes cannon is an extended interview with Watterson -- the first he's given since giving up Calvin and Hobbes in 1995. The interview touches on Watterson's childhood, his work schedule and methods for the strip, and what he's been doing since the strip ended. The interview is punctuated by his laughter at his own answers at times, which shows he was relaxed and willing to talk. However, I felt that the interviewer side-stepped some of the harder questions (licensing, why he left the strip) that, while addressed, lacked the depth I was hoping for.The all-too-brief collection of strips that accompany the book are shown in their original form, meaning some penciling is visible as are touches of white-out for corrections. Those show a bit more about the artist's mind behind the work.This is an enjoyable book. A bit sparse on some of the interview details I was hoping for and far too few strips. But as a diehard Calvin and Hobbes fan, I'll take whatever new material I can get.

  • Tom
    2019-01-22 16:05

    This book is a catalogue for a 2014 exhibition at Ohio State University's Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, formerly the Cartoon Research Library. Having seen this exhibit in person, this book captures the spirit of the exhibit and how it was organized very well. One of the strengths of this book is the extensive interview that the library curator Jenny Robb had with Bill Watterson. It's an extensive and insightful look into his history in comics, influences, work flow, and many other elements that make Calvin and Hobbes so enjoyable to read.The book also captures some of the features of the library's original cartoon art. The drawings submitted to the cartoon syndicates have some distinct differences from the final newspaper product. While this book cannot capture the scale of the original artwork, it does show the process of penciling, inking, and the edits and changes made to the drawing over time.As a disclaimer, I volunteered at this place when I lived in Columbus, and always enjoy visiting there constantly rotating exhibits. My opinion to the library and the fine people who work there is biased.

  • Muhammad Rasheed
    2019-01-22 13:13

    This book is a high-end museum exhibit catalog, composed of select Calvin & Hobbes works of the celebrated cartoonist Bill Watterson. It also contains a lengthy and shockingly candid interview of Watterson conducted by the curator. This was quite surprisingly considering his press-shy reputation over the years, but Watterson revealed here that the primary reason for his hermit-like behavior during the height of his interest was because of the sheer difficulty involved in managing the workload of a professional newspaper comic strip artist. He explained that he just couldn't do that AND deal with the equally hectic workload of being a celebrity.The quality of the interview was an unexpected surprise, and for this reader, actually demystified Watterson a great deal... perhaps even TOO much. I walked away from the book with the suspicion that he would've been better off keeping much of that information to himself just for the sake of his brand's legacy. Highly recommended, unless you'd prefer to retain your semi-worship of "Watterson the Art Genius!" cultivated to a great extent by the aura of mystery Watterson created.

  • Carin
    2018-12-25 20:25

    I wanted this book to be a thousand pages long. Or longer. It just wasn't enough. But I loved it so much. I am very mad that I didn't hear about this exhibit until after it was over. I definitely would have made a road trip to Columbus, OH to check it out.The best thing about this book is the very long interview with Bill Watterson about his background, his inspiration, his career path, and how he came up with Calvin & Hobbes. A couple of his early political cartoons are reproduced. And also several like Pogo and Charlie Brown that were his childhood inspiration for cartooning. They discuss how he fought to change the strict layout for the Sunday strips, and how sad it is that the demise of newspapers means few people will discover new strips.If you are a big-time Calvin & Hobbes fan like I am, this book is indispensable. A must-have. And it's a comfort and a hearkening back to earlier times when worrying about when the next C&H book would come out was a big concern of mine (I wish.) I loved loved loved this book.

  • Kahn
    2018-12-28 21:13

    It's easy to forget just how good Calvin And Hobbes are - sure, they can be childish and silly, but they can also tackle the deeper philosophical subjects.In four simple squares.Which is a good trick if you can pull it off.If you're a fan, you already know all this of course.If, however, you have somehow missed the chaotic adventures of one small boy and his tiger, this is an excellent place to start.Starting with an extensive interview with Bill Watterson, in which he covers how he started right through to why he finished, Exploring then takes us through what inspired Watterson followed by a choice selection of C&H strips.What the book provides to the established fan is an added layer of depth, an extra understanding to what was behind a comic strip that pushed the boundaries and carved a place into its fan's hearts.To the newbie, you'll be shown what all the fuss is about and how it came to be. Meaning you can then go and plough through all the collections with added zeal.

  • Ashley Hay
    2019-01-06 14:01

    We are very big fans of Calvin and Hobbes here, and what was particularly lovely about this exhibition catalogue was the long interview between Jenny Robb and Bill Watterson, about his childhood, his education and how he began to draw – in general, and a boy and his tiger in particular. He describes Calvin and Hobbes as his "walk on the moon ... what I had dreamed of doing since I was a kid", and there's a beautiful selection of both C&H strips, and some of Watterson's other work, in the pages beyond the text. Which ends, aptly enough, with the last Calvin and Hobbes strip Watterson drew, published on December 31, 1995. And it's the kind of perfectly perfect one that'll make you cry a little, as Calvin and Hobbes set out to explore.

  • Meghan
    2019-01-10 17:08

    This book is what it states and nothing more, which for an avid fan of Calvin and Hobbes can feel a bit disappointing. Perhaps having this catalogue while physically at the museum is a better approach. The tone of the catalogue is such that Bill Watterson interviews almost like an unwilling participant, keeping his answers and details sparse. This was particularly noticeable during the "Tools" chapter, where his favorite artist items are displayed. There were multiple opportunities for Watterson to illuminate for the reader how he chose and ultimately used his drawing implements, but instead each numbered item is sparsely labeled. Readers accustomed to his illuminating prose in his own anthologies will be greatly misled.