Calvin and Hobbes: Sunday Pages 1985-1995

Calvin and Hobbes: Sunday Pages 1985-1995

by Bill Watterson


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Celebrating an exhibit of ten years of Sunday comics featuring the beloved boy and his tiger, Calvin and Hobbes: Sunday Pages 1985-1995 is sure to bring back memories.

New York Times best-seller!

Everyone misses Calvin and Hobbes.

It reinvented the newspaper comic strip at a time when many had all but buried the funnies as a vehicle for fresh, creative work. Then Bill Watterson came along and reminded a new generation of what older readers and comic strip aficionados knew: A well-written and beautifully drawn strip is an intricate, powerful form of communication. And with Calvin and Hobbes, we had fun—just like readers of Krazy Kat and Pogo did. Opening the newspaper each day was an adventure. The heights of Watterson's creative imagination took us places we had never been. We miss that.

This book was published in conjunction with the first exhibition of original Calvin and Hobbes Sunday pages at The Ohio State University Cartoon Research Library. Although the work was created for reproduction, not for gallery display, was a pleasure to see the cartoonist's carefully placed lines and exquisite brush strokes. In an attempt to share this experience with those who were unable to visit the exhibition, all of the original Sunday pages displayed are reproduced in color in this book so that every detail, such as sketch lines, corrections, and registration marks, are visible. On the opposite page the same comic strip is printed in full color. Because Watterson was unusually intentional and creative in his use of color, this juxtaposition provides Calvin and Hobbes readers the opportunity to consider the impact of color on its narrative and content.

When I first contacted Bill Watterson about the possibility of exhibiting his original work, I used the term "retrospective." He replied that we might be able to do an exhibit, but that calling it a retrospective made him uncomfortable. He felt that a longer time was needed to put Calvin and Hobbes in the historical perspective implied by that term. Nonetheless, this show is a "look back" at the comic strip as we revisit favorites that we remember. Calvin and Hobbes: Sunday Pages 1985-1995 is particularly interesting because each work that is included was selected by Bill Watterson. His comments about the thirty-six Sunday pages he chose are part of this volume. In addition, he reflects on Calvin and Hobbes from the perspective of six years, and his essay provides insights into his life as a syndicated cartoonist.

Reprint books of Calvin and Hobbes are nice to have, but the opportunity to see the original work and read Bill Watterson's thoughts about it is a privilege. He generously shared not only the art, but also his time and his thoughts. When I first reviewed the works included in the exhibit, I knew that everyone who visited it would begin with laughter and end with tears.

On behalf of all who enjoyed Calvin and Hobbes, thank you, Bill Watterson.

—Lucy Shelton Caswell, Professor and Curator The Ohio State University Cartoon Research Library, June 2001

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780740721359
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication date: 09/17/2001
Series: Calvin and Hobbes
Edition description: Original
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 216,924
Product dimensions: 10.70(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

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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Calvin and Hobbes 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The imagination of the main character Calvin, is typical of most of the boys I know in his age group. Who wouldn't want a giant, stuffed, talking tiger for a closer-than-a-brother, friend. I would recommend this book to young children who want to have as much fun as possible before growing up.
King_Solomon More than 1 year ago
This is a very good gift to recieve. My wife bought it for me for our first anniversary because she knew I was a fan of this particular comic strip. It gives insight into each individual strip that Bill Watterson wrote, and many times the little notes her wrote are as funny as the strip itself. Another thing I enjoyed about this book was how he brought various works together from many of his different books. It makes it very enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a great book because it encourages interest in reading for those that have difficulty reading. The pictures are nice and it shows dialogue.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this Tenth Anniversary Edition of the Calvin and Hobbes series. Bill Watterson provides invaluable insight into his creative process and his struggle to maintain the integrity of his strip. He explains who the characters were to him and picks strips that show the multiple-dimensions of the characters. This book made saying goodbye to Calvin and Hobbes a bit easier, because with the help of his narration I realized how Watterson fully packed the life of the strip with quality and depth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the most wonderful series I have ever read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
world of calivn and hobbes is the best thing out there right now, Watterson should make new calivn and hobbes books because i have every signal one of them and i READ them everyday!!!:-)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just got this book, and believe me, it's so good, you'll finish it in no time at all. This is my favorite Calvin and Hobbes book. It's packed with some of the greatest comics written by Mr. Watterson.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of Calvin and Hobbes since the sixth grade. I was in a public library in Jonesboro Georgia when I was about thirteen and I ran across a book that was very similar to this one. It's a very fond memory because, the library was very old but it was new to me because it was my first time visiting. I'm an author, songwriter, producer, actor...but the first thing I was ever good at was art. I LOVE to draw. I checked out my Calvin and Hobbes book and took it home to sketch like the artist who drew my newfound daredevil friends. I always read the comic, but i never knew there was a book series. I'll never forget the was 1988. One of the best years of my teens. Since then I checked out every Calvin and Hobbes book from every library I visited. I love the expedtitions, excitement and imagination of Young Calvin galavanting about with his stuffed Hobbes who magically came to life at his (Calvin's) mind's command.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think everyone should read this book first because it shows the begining of when they met and because this book is just plain funny i like the ones when he asks if he could drive the car or when he asks to ride his tricycle off the roof. i hope if you ever get the chance to get this book for a cheap price or in a pack get it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of Watterson's best yet because it was interesting to read about the different characters and other cool info. He should continue doing Calvin and Hobbes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a none stop rollercoaster ride throught a very vivid child's imagination calvin and Hobbes is the funniest comics out thank you Bill Waterson I wish you still wrote them..
Guest More than 1 year ago
As with all Calvin and Hobbes books this is an excellent book to read. The descriptions that Watterson included with the comics are interesting and to find out how ideas were created for the comic strip.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was especially good. The descriptions of the characters in the beginning was a great highlight! I enjoyed this book just as much as the others. Calvin and Hobbes tenth anniversery is a delightful edition. I've read it about four times and have fully enjoyed the snow men comics. The Rosalyn comics are equally funny.
justchris on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book that I finished in the wee hours this morning: The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book by Bill Watterson. I think this may be one of the most beloved of comic strips, certainly the only others I have ever been tempted to collect are the Bloom County books by Berke Breathed (yes, I have a few), The Far Side by Gary Larson, and most recently Get Fuzzy by, I think, Darby Conley (I own none of the latter two). Other graphic works that have appealed to me enough to contemplate acquisition: Neil Gaiman's Sandman comics/graphic novels (I have some scattered items; sorry, Steph--I know you're done with him for now), The Green Arrow (I have a soft spot for archery, though I recognize the weaknesses of this one), and Lone Wolf and Cub by Kazuo Koike (once again, nothing in hand of the last two). I'm afraid this list shows my age, more than anything. I precede the manga era.This book was my most recent bedtime fare. As I've mentioned before, it has been a challenge to find something that will help me unwind, calm the mental cacaphony, NOT engage the brain too much, and finally fall asleep. I've been alternating among Montaigne's Essays, the Bible, the Qur'an, and whatever other books I decide to assay. My querido has been pulling various graphic books off the bookcase that was relocated to the bedroom, and it occurred to me that I should follow his lead. So here I am, and it was an excellent choice.The presentation in this book is generally different from other comic strip compilations, including those by Bill Watterson himself. He includes a preface that provides great background and perspective on his own artistic vision, the history and contract disputes of his wildly successful comic strip, his artistic influences, the process to create the strip, the major characters, the history and trends of newspaper comics, and his philosophy and ethics as an artist, and how this comes into conflict with the limits created by format standardization, marketing pressures, and so on. This last is not unlike part of the discussion taking place over here about writing vs. publishing. The overview of newspaper comic books, and how they've radically changed, and the potential for the future is quite interesting.And then onto the selection of comics. Each strip or longer story arc has been selected to reveal particular points, either what inspired this item, or what his objective was, how it reflected his style or understanding at the time, or reader reactions he received. So each representative is accompanied by one or two sentences acknowledging the influences of his cat Sprite, childhood memories, personal outside interests, career struggles at the time, how ideas worked or panned, and so on. So the cartoons remain delightful, and the additional insights on the artist and his process are pleasant. Well worth reading.
annenoise on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An iconic author leaves thoughts on the growth and brilliance of his work as a whole, and on individual strips he has something to say about. An excellent glimpse into the background of an amazing comic strip that defined comics, the trade and the imagination. I'll always be a little bit of Calvin with a need for a lot more Hobbes.
Fivezenses on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the many reasons I really love this book is it's not just about comics, it's also about the history of the comic strip, the backstory about the way the characters talk, how a comic is produced for the newspaper, and a whole bunch of other really amazing things! Most of that wasn't a priority part of the book when I was a kid over 10 years ago, because you know, as a kid the last thing you want to read is the "how to" or "history" of something unless it's fun, then it's in one ear and out the other lol But as I grew up, I started to read the information in the book. I was surprised at the vast knowledge that Watterson put into the book itself. He even points out some of his influence for writing the famous cartoons. He was mostly inspired by The Peanuts, by Charles Schultz, Pogo, by Walt Kelly, and Krazy Kat, by George Herriman. Way before my time, but not my parents (they graduated high school in the '70s, so they know who the last two are haha). Anyway, as you get past the first couple of pages, you start to see some really interesting and satirical comic strips of Calvin and Hobbes. Also, not only does the book have mainly black & white based strips, but it also has some sunday color comic ones too! I do believe this book is a great for those that: 1) love comics, 2) are a big fan of Calvin & Hobbes, 3) all of the above!
mcandre on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Now I understand why Watterson fought merchandizing. Calvin and Hobbes is too good to sell out.
Arkholt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is invaluable for any fan of Calvin and Hobbes, anyone interested in Watterson himself, or anyone wishing to know Watterson's opinions on the comic strip business. The opening section of the book contains much of Watterson's writings on these subjects, and it is incredibly interesting to read. I also enjoy reading Watterson's feelings on his hand-picked, favorite strips. It's always a joy to be able to get into the mind of the creator, especially one so reclusive and private.
Heather19 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Awesome C&H book, tons of great strips and plots! Very funny.
bookmarks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an enjoyable collection of some of the highlights from ten years of the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip. The books contains a lot of essays from Watterson on inspiration for the strip as well as frustrations with doing a syndicated comic strip for newspapers. You can skip the essays and come back later and read them. . . the cartoons are what you want to read this for. Calvin and Hobbes will keep you laughing. My son likes reading Calvin and Hobbes collections also.
Mendoza on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
OK - so who doesn't rate Calvin and Hobbes at the top?The guy is a genious and anytime I want to escape I pick up one his books.
tripleblessings on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This edition is an art exhibition catalogue, with fine reproductions of Watterson's original ink drawings, and colour reproductions on the opposite page. A fascinating essay by Watterson at the beginning gives some insights into his creative process and feelings about the characters. Each comic strip has notes from the artist about why he selected it for the exhibition. You can see great development in his style from the earliest ones to the later years. A wonderful book for the die-hard Calvin and Hobbes fans.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
No new comics you can't find in the other collections, but it does contain some of the best from this comic strip. And Bill Watterson's commentary on the strips is priceless for die hard fans of the classic.
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