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The Complete Calvin and Hobbes: A New Calvin and Hobbes Collection!
Great news! The Complete Calvin and Hobbes
is published October 4, 2005, containing 3 large hard-cover albums featuring all Calvin and Hobbes cartoons that ever appeared in syndication.
The list price is $150, but it's now available for only $99.00
The Complete Calvin and Hobbes
New print fully available again!
Welcome, you've come to the place where Calvin and Hobbes® once were honored with a great tribute and fan-site, "Calvin and Hobbes at Martijn's". Unfortunately the copyright owners didn't agree with that and made me shutdown the entire site. The biggest success of the site was the Calvin and Hobbes Strip Search, which received thousands of visitors every single day.
I want to thank for all your visits and nice comments. I've received hundreds of emails because of this shutdown; thanks for all the nice comments! It would take way too much time to reply to all of them, so don't think I don't read them. I've read every single one of them and appreciate your comments.
If you want, you can send me an email as well.
For completeness, here's a list of all available Calvin and Hobbes® books, with direct links to buy them.
Calvin and Hobbes
Something Under the Bed is Drooling
The Essential Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury
The Calvin and Hobbes Lazy Sunday Book: A Collection of Sunday Calvin and Hobbes Cartoons
Weirdos From Another Planet!
The Authoritative Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury
The Revenge of the Baby-Sat
Scientific Progress Goes "Boink"
Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons
The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes
The Days are Just Packed
Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat
The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book
There's Treasure Everywhere
It's A Magical World
Calvin and Hobbes: Sunday Pages 1985-1995
The Complete Calvin and Hobbes
If you want to have all strips, but not all books (i.e. the least amount of books, but have every single strip) then you need to buy this list of books:
Of course you could also buy "The Complete Calvin and Hobbes" listed above!
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Calvin and Hobbes is copyright © Bill Watterson and Universal Press Syndicate. Calvin and Hobbes are registered trademarks of Bill Watterson and Universal Press Syndicate.
William B. Watterson II was born on July 5, 1958,
in Washington, D.C. He moved at age 6 to Chagrin Falls, Ohio. He was educated at
Kenyon College in Gambier (1976-1980), where he received a B.A. in Political Science.
Watterson is married, with Melissa, but he doesn't have any children.
When Watterson read his first comic, he knew that he wanted to be a cartoonist.
'Calvin and Hobbes' was not his first strip; he has been drawing comics almost
his whole life. At high-school he drew comics for the school newspaper and when he
attended college, he drew for the 'Kenyon Collegian'. After college he got a job as
political cartoonist by the Cincinnati Post, but was fired within a couple of months.
After that he made several comics, but they were all rejected by the newspaper
syndicates. Finally he got to the top with Calvin and Hobbes, which appears in over
2,300 newspapers worldwide, And there are now more than 23 million Calvin books in print.
But success can hardly be said to have gone to Watterson's head. He lives quietly in Hudson, Ohio.
He declines fabulous wealth by refusing to merchandise his characters.
"Besides being well drawn and well written, 'Calvin and Hobbes' is unusual," says NCS president
Mell Lazerus. "It captured everybody's interest overnight."
In a letter to newspaper editors announcing his retirement, Watterson stated:
"This is not a recent or easy decision, and I leave with some sadness. My
interests have shifted, however, and I believe I've done what I can do within
the constraints of daily deadlines and small panels. I am eager to work at a
more thoughtful pace, with fewer artistic compromises. I have not yet decided
on future projects, but my relationship with Universal Press Syndicate will
Watterson was nominated for the 1992 Reuben Award for "Outstanding Cartoonist
of the Year" by the National Cartoonists Society, and won the 1986 and 1988
Reuben Awards. In 1986, he was the youngest recipient to ever win the award.
The image above is a self-portrait from Bill Watterson and his cat's (with Sprite ).
Here is Watterson's own biographical account, as supplied by the man himself.
Bill Watterson squandered a rather unremarkable childhood reading the comics in
Chagrin Falls, Ohio. By the time he graduated from high school, his own primitive
cartoons had appeared in the school newspaper and yearbook, and not a few stall
doors of various boys' rooms.
At Kenyon College, fellow delinquents encouraged Watterson to pursue political
cartooning. Watterson's chronicles of the Carter years proved to be amongst his
most humorous work ever, the insights into foreign policy being especially laughable.
In an effort to remedy this, Watterson majored in political science and, thanks to
a friend with access to the school's computer, Watterson earned a degree in 1980.
A major Cincinnati daily immediately offered him a job as editorial cartoonist, but
within a matter of months, the editor returned from the sanitarium and Watterson was fired.
Disillusioned, Watterson turned to comic strips. The next few years were not proud
ones, and only a well-tuned, used Fiat kept Watterson from the law's grasp.
Rejection slips and debts piled up, and eventually his parents sold him into slavery
as a lay-out artist for a sleazy tabloid shopper. There, in the dank and windowless
basement of a convenience store, submitting to the idiot whims of a maniacal tyrant,
Watterson developed that carefree, happy-go-lucky view of life that so permeates all his cartoons.
- He looks somewhat like the father character, judging from the few photos of him available.
- His favorite strips: Charles Schulz's "Peanuts" featuring Charlie Brown and Snoopy. He also likes old-time strips "Krazy Kat" and "Pogo."
- He rarely appears in public.
- He almost never gives interviews. --"Privacy is very important to him," says Lazerus. "He doesn't belong to the National Cartoonists Society. I've met him only once - briefly."
- "Calvin's energy is unhindered by common sense," he once said. "His parents sometimes wish they'd gotten a dog instead."
Here's the first announcement of Bill's stopping.
See also the official press release about Bill's retirement.
Taken out of 'The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book' are the
following points, at which Bill Watterson gives his opinion about
drawing 'Calvin and Hobbes'.
Cartooning and 'Calvin and Hobbes'
Because Bill Watterson avoids being in publicity, he hardly gives any
interview. Here is, as far as I know, the only one he ever gave.
Click here to read it.
The following article ran in the Cleveland
Plain Dealer on December 20, 1998. It's about Bill Watterson and what he is doing now.
Here are two speeches Bill Watterson gave:
A Calvin and Hobbes fan has sent me a picture of a drawing
made by Bill Watterson when he was still making political cartoons. Click here to view the image.
November 27, 2003, 14:13
On November 26th, the following article ran in Cleveland Scene. It contains items on illegal merchandise, Bill's whereabouts, and much more. Absolutely worth reading! Many thanks to Calvinator for letting me know.