Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Book Review: Exploring Calvin and Hobbes: An Exhibition Catalogue by Bill Watterson

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.

I received this book as a gift for Christmas.

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