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Looking for Calvin and Hobbes: The Unconventional Story of Bill Watterson and his Revolutionary Comic Strip
     

Looking for Calvin and Hobbes: The Unconventional Story of Bill Watterson and his Revolutionary Comic Strip

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by Nevin Martell
 

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For ten years, Calvin and Hobbes was one the world's most beloved comic strips. And then, on the last day of 1995, the strip ended. Its mercurial and reclusive creator, Bill Watterson, not only finished the strip but withdrew entirely from public life.


In Looking for Calvin and Hobbes, Nevin Martell sets out on a very personal odyssey

Overview

For ten years, Calvin and Hobbes was one the world's most beloved comic strips. And then, on the last day of 1995, the strip ended. Its mercurial and reclusive creator, Bill Watterson, not only finished the strip but withdrew entirely from public life.


In Looking for Calvin and Hobbes, Nevin Martell sets out on a very personal odyssey to understand the life and career of the intensely private man behind Calvin and Hobbes. Martell talks to a wide range of artists and writers (including Dave Barry, Harvey Pekar, and Brad Bird) as well as some of Watterson's closest friends and professional colleagues, and along the way reflects upon the nature of his own fandom and on the extraordinary legacy that Watterson left behind. This is as close as we're ever likely to get to one of America's most ingenious and intriguing figures - and it's the fascinating story of an intrepid author's search for him, too.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441196293
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
10/01/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
616,021
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Nevin Martell is the author of Standing Small: A Celebration of 30 Years of the LEGO Minifigure, Dave Matthews Band: Music for the People and Beck: The Art of Mutation. He is a Contributing Editor at Filter magazine and his music journalism has appeared in Paste, Giant, Men's Health, High Times, and Flaunt, as well as online at RollingStone.com. Currently, he lives with his wife in Washington, DC, where he writes full time. You can find him online at www.nevinmartell.com.

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Looking for Calvin and Hobbes: The Unconventional Story of Bill Watterson and his Revolutionary Comic Strip 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
KyleMoore More than 1 year ago
Calvin and Hobbes is perhaps the best known comic strips of all time. The stars of the frames are a six year old boy named Calvin and his imaginary(?) friend, a tiger named Hobbes. Their adventures through the realms of Calvin’s flourishing imagination are chronicled perfectly by Bill Watterson, the author of the world-renowned comic. Watterson’s uncanny artistic abilities and realist sense of humor are evident in every one of his creations. Looking for Calvin and Hobbes by Nevin Martell is not only a biography on the life and the rise to fame of Bill Watterson and his beloved characters, but also the story of a diehard fan trying to reach the elusive artist. Watterson’s elusive nature and mystery began in 1995 after about twelve years of working diligently for Universal Press Syndicate and having his comics in over 1600 daily papers. This is when Watterson abruptly quit his practice, right at the peak of his fame and fortune. This left many fans heartbroken or even fuming mad. One of these fans was the Nevin Martell. He set out on a quest to find out what made Watterson click and what eventually led to his sudden retire. He uses his extensive knowledge about comic strips and his desire to meet Bill Watterson as motivation throughout the book, making for quite the page-turner. Martell’s use of direct quotes from Calvin and Hobbes in the book is genius, as they often relate to the major themes being presented on the pages. These themes include sticking to your morals and diligence. Bill Watterson exemplifies someone who won’t compromise his morals in an almost extreme manor throughout the book. He refused to sell out to make a fortune, and he refused request after request for interviews after his 1995 stoppage of production. Both Watterson and Martell show their diligence in the book, never quitting what they’re working at to reach the goals they have set. The most enjoyable aspect of this book was Martell’s insight into his own mind and his thoughts about the process of creating this book. Small tidbits are thrown in here and there that spark emotion in the reader and show the author’s frustration, elation, or indifference toward most situations. One aspect that made this book somewhat hard to get through was the length of the chapters. This is more of a personal preference thing, but a book with long chapters seems to drag on and be less exciting. Anybody who is a fan of any comics, cartoons, or comedy in general would enjoy this book. Also, anybody interested in reporting or investigation would find Martell’s information gathering skills very intriguing. However, younger readers should stay away because there is some foul language in the book along with some themes and vocabulary that would not be very well understood by that crowd. The actual comic strips drawn by Watterson are very highly recommended. They are much more than a simple cartoon. They relate to real-life problems and situations that anybody can relate to. The themes in those frames go a lot deeper than the pages of a newspaper.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like cats starwars and mine craft im tall freindly a little shy and i have brown hair from AUGUST
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Emily age 14 looking for a kind sweet BF who really cares about me as well as everyone but other than that I love the maze runner and Star Wars and cats
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the story of how Calvin & Hobbs came together . ..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love calvin and hobbes! This coments thing is weird and why is nook so unpoular? Its king of sad
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its funny nooo let me take that back its great actully its better than great it wonder-bar
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am Grace age 11 grade 6 . I love all animals and popsicles
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lia age 13 grade 8. I love cats and settlers of catan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Calvin and Hobbes is awesome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oook I thought abput it and all so what do u say friends agian if so go to ice cream res 2 i am literally in tears for what i have done to u
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Before i bought it, i got the sample......it said "[end of sample]" right when chapter one started.........derp
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hilarious!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is graet ps i didint even read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is pretty good. If you don't like it... hey! That is your opinion. Some people have different comments. Preferably though, I believe that the comic strips of Calvin and Hobbes are WAY better!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this story!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Calvin and hobbes have been my favorite comic since i have been 9-10 years old. Bill watterson's are truly amazing. The humor put into the story is not only great but inspiring and gives perpective. 5 starts to calvin and hobbes and 5 stars to Bill Watterson.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book cant get enough two if you have never read this book before you should.it shows you how loyal frirndship really is and it dosent matter what shape or form your freind is as long as you have someone who is always there when you need a shoulder to cry on and lean on.i give thid book a 5on rating once more ......READ!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I READ this i was expecting real comics with the pictures and this and that but no .it just tells you about bill wattersons life. Even though i am his number one fan, i would expect more out of this. ~ you're VERY dissipointed number one fan, thornclaw
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An Amzing book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fk
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No that is really not okay mabye u shoulf look up the definition because tht is most definiley not ok
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WHAT THE HECK IS WRONG WITH YOU YOU SICKO YOUR SO DISCUSTINGS I THINK KISSSING IS FINE BUT DONT DISCRIBE IT LIKE THAT SHESH!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok. Have fun at the v-dance! I never thought it would end this way, so bye.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago