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

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

By: Nevin Martell (author)Hardback

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"Looking for Calvin and Hobbes" is an affectionate and revealing book about uncovering the story behind this most uncommon trio - a man, a boy and his tiger. From the get-go, it was obvious that this was no ordinary comic strip. Calvin was named after the 16th-century Protestant theologian who believed in predestination, Hobbes after the philosopher a century later who once observed that life is 'nasty, brutish and short'. Watterson injected real philosophical questions into his strip and coupled his commentaries with groundbreaking artwork. His lavish half-page Sunday strips completely re-envisioned the potential of the comics, while never detracting from his poignant humor. Bill Watterson was completely different from most comic strip creators because he never wanted to see Calvin & Hobbes turn into a commercial monolith. A longtime liberal and former political cartoonist, he staunchly refused to have the characters merchandised - a decision which could have netted him millions of additional dollars in income per year - and rarely made public appearances or granted interviews. When Steven Spielberg called him to talk about making an animated Calvin & Hobbes movie, Watterson didn't take the call. As a result, dozens of bootleg items have flooded the market. There were only 3,160 strips ever produced, but Watterson has left behind an impressive legacy. Calvin & Hobbes references litter the pop culture landscape and his fans are as varied as they are numerable.

About Author

Nevin Martell is the author of Dave Matthews Band: Music for the People and Beck: The Art of Mutation. He is a Contributing Editor at Filter magazine and a music journalist. He lives outside Washington, DC, where he develops documentaries and non-fiction television for Story House Productions.


Introduction - with film studios and merchandisers offering millions of dollars to license his characters, why would Bill Watterson turn up his nose and reject the American dream?; Chapter 1 - biographical examination of Watterson as a young man.; Chapter 2 - an overview of the history of the comic strip in America, and its relation to Watterson's art; Chapter 3 - Watterson's first forays into the world of comic art; Chapter 4 - a boy and his tiger are born; Chapter 5 - a look at Watterson's contemporaries; Chapter 6 - Calvin & Hobbes go supernova; Chapter 7 - why was Calvin & Hobbes a revolutionary and inimitable cartoon strip?; Chapter 8 - 10 years after the comic strip began, Watterson brings his fantastical odyssey to an abrupt close; Chapter 9 - What has been happening in the 13 years since Watterson effectively dropped off the face of the planet?; Chapter 10 - a trip to Watterson's hometown; Chapter 11 - The legacy of Calvin & Hobbes; Chapter 12 - What does the future hold for Watterson?; Chapter 13 - final analysis of why Watterson gave it all up; Outroduction - a summary of the author's journey to find Watterson.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780826429841
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 272
  • ID: 9780826429841
  • ISBN10: 082642984X

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