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The Complete Calvin and Hobbes: A New Calvin and Hobbes Collection!


The Complete Calvin and Hobbes 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.

Martijn

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

Yukon Ho!


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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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.

Bill Watterson self portrait

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 continue."

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 Wink).

Bill Watterson

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.

Tidbits:

Here's the first announcement of Bill's stopping. See also the official press release about Bill's retirement.

Hobbes 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'.

Licensing

Why doesn't Bill Watterson want to merchandise 'Calvin and Hobbes'?

Influences

By which comic strips was Bill Watterson inspirated?

The process

Bill Watterson about how he gets the idea for a comic.

Cartooning and 'Calvin and Hobbes'

How does Bill think about comics in general?

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.