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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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I don't think of comics as just entertainment. It's a rare privilege to be able to talk to millions of people on a given day, so I'm eager to say something meaningful when I can. There is always pressure to write some snappy one-liner that will buy me another twenty-four hours of lead time on deadlines, but nothing depresses me like thinking I've become a joke factory to fill newspaper space. Whenever possible, I use the strip to talk about the thins that are important to me.

I think the best comics (like the best novels, paintings, etc.) are personal, idiosyncratic works that reflect a unique and honest sensibility. To attract and keep an audience, art must entertain, but the significance of any art lies in its ability to express truths - to reveal and help us understand our world. Comic strips, in their own humble way, are capable of doing this.

The best comics expose human nature and help us laugh at our own stupidity and hypocrisy. They indulge in exaggaration and absurdity, helping us to see the world with fresh eyes and reminding us how important it is to play and be silly. Comics depict the ordinary, mundane events of our lives and help us remember the importance of tiny moments. They cleverly sum up our unexpressed thoughts and emotions. Sometimes they show the world from the perspective of children and animals, encouraging us to be innocent for a moment. The best comics, that is to say, are fun house mirrors that distort appearances only to help us recognize, and laught at, our essential characteristics.

Surprise is the essence of humor, and nothing is more surprising than truth. When cartoons dig beyond glib punch lines, cheap sentimentality, and tidy stories to depper, truthful experiences, they can really touch people and connect us all. As frustrated as I am by the way this business works, I continue to believe that comics are an art form capable of any level of beauty, intelligence, and sophistication.

I've written and drawn over three thousand 'Calvin and Hobbes' strips now, and to the extent that the strip reflects my interests, values, and thoughts, my cartoons are a sort of self-portrait. The longer I've worked, the more I've used the strip to explore personal issues. When I come up with an idea that surprises me, I'm happy to offer it to anyone who shares my interests. I'm flattered when people respond to my work, but I don't feel accountable to public demand. Trying to please people encourages calculation, and the strip is valuable to me only insofar as it's honest and sincere.

It's not hard to write jokes - good characters will alway have something amusing to say about their situation - but it's very difficult to keep the strip's world energized and expansive year after year. At the beginning of a strip, virtually every installment explores new territory, but it's frightening how fast stories and situations become predictable. Today's funny innovation is tomorrow's stale formula.

My early strips look crude and forced to me now, but the characters were still introducing themselves to me. The first couple of years were exploratory efforts to create an engaging world and rounded characters. I began writing longer stories when I saw how they added dimension to the characters' personalities and relationships. Lately, I've had trouble writing extended narratives that satisfy me, and I've been doing fewer of them. Instead, my enthusiasm has drifted to the visual possibilities of the larger Sunday strip. Over the years, 'Calvin and Hobbes' has changed directions, but I don't control where it goes. When everything is working, I'm more surprised by the strip's destination than anybody.

The trick to writing a comic strip is to cultivate a mental playfulness - a natural curiosity and eagerness to learn. If I keep my eyes open and follow my interests, sooner or later the effort yields questions, thoughts, and ideas - unexpected paths into new territory. Like Calvin, I just head out into the yard in search of weirdness, and with the right attitude, I make discoveries.

Putting myself in the head of a fictitious six-year-old and a tiger encourages me to be more alert and inquisitive than I would otherwise be. Sometimes I resent the pressure to exploit every waking moment for strip ideas, but at its best, the strip makes me examine events and live more thoughtfully. I love the solitude of this work and the opportunity to work with ideas that interest me. This is the greatest reward of cartooning for me.

I've always loved cartoons. With 'Calvin and Hobbes', I've tried to return some of the fun, magic, and beauty I've enjoyed in other comics. It's been immensely satisfying to draw 'Calvin and Hobbes', and I will always be grateful to have had the opportunity to work in this wonderful art form.