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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.

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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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Thanks to William Gornall for sending me this article! In respect to Bill's privacy, I deleted the name of the village he lives in.

The Plain Dealer; Cleveland, OH; Dec 20, 1998;
(Copyright (c) The Plain Dealer 1998)

Shhh. A publicity-shy artist is living in this village, and you don't want to scare him away.

Bill Watterson, the reclusive creator of "Calvin and Hobbes," has come home, and he prefers that no one know it.

It has been almost three years since Calvin and Hobbes rode a toboggan off the comic pages to go exploring. And Watterson would like it if the two of them would just go on without him.

"He would like it all to fade away," said his father, Jim, a patent lawyer, the same profession as Calvin's dad, who was satirized often in the strip. "He doesn't get his kicks by being famous. He was just doing something he enjoyed doing."

The 40-year-old Watterson declined a formal interview.

But in a conversation at his door, where he would not allow any notes to be taken, Watterson stressed that he does not want to live, nor should he have to live, in a fish bowl or have to deal with intrusions into his life by the curious.

Watterson, wearing a paint apron, blue jeans and old white sweat shirt, said his loss of anonymity makes him partially regret doing "Calvin and Hobbes" and is a consideration for not wanting to restart it.

"He definitely wants to disappear," said his mother, Kathryn, a former Village Council member and now a Township trustee. "What he likes is that he's two years from the time he did anything, and people are beginning to forget it."

His strip, about an imaginative, mischievous 6-year-old Calvin and his pal Hobbes, a stuffed tiger who comes to life around Calvin, ran for 10 years and appeared in more than 2,400 newspapers.

Soon after its debut on Nov. 18, 1985, the strip grew in popularity, which caught Watterson and the Universal Press Syndicate by surprise. Watterson quickly realized he could not control his privacy. He tried by no longer giving interviews, making public appearances or answering fan mail.

Watterson still regrets posing for a Plain Dealer photographer in March 1986. That black-and-white photograph, taken when he lived in Hudson, now appears on numerous Calvin and Hobbes Web sites. It's the last picture of him that shows his full face.

An agent who said he was representing Watterson's interests called Plain Dealer photographer C.H. Pete Copeland and asked to acquire the rights to the negative, Copeland said. Copeland declined.

In 1992, the ******* nominated Watterson for the school's Achievement Hall of Fame. Watterson, who graduated in 1976, declined the award.

"I'm flattered to have been nominated for the Achievement Hall of Fame," he wrote in a letter dated Feb. 12, 1994, "but I've given up public appearances and I would like my name withdrawn from consideration."

The return address was simply "Watterson." The postmark was Albuquerque, N.M.

Watterson drew the 1976 yearbook cover and inside cartoons. His senior year, Watterson was on the school newspaper and literary magazine, played the lead role in "Stage Door" and was a member of the National Honor Society.

"He's not in our Hall of Fame," Director Thomas G. Mattern said. "I know that's surprising. But he does not wish the publicity."

A recipient must be present at the banquet to be inducted, Mattern said.

Another famous ******* graduate, actor Tim Conway, also is not in the Hall of Fame. But that's because of consistent scheduling conflicts that have prevented him from making the biennial achievement banquet, Mattern said.

Watterson and his wife, Melissa, who also graduated from ******* in 1976, moved from Hudson to New Mexico in the late 1980s. The couple returned to ******* in fall 1995 and bought a three- bedroom century house. The last strip ran Dec. 31, 1995.

Since their return, Watterson has helped the ******* bookstore, Fireside Books, by signing books. Fireside Books is the only bookstore in the world that offers "Calvin and Hobbes" books autographed by Watterson.

Neither owner Jim Lewis nor the store manager, Robert Duncan, has met Watterson.

"He allegedly has been in the store, but no one would know it," Lewis said.

Watterson's mother picks up a bundle of books from Fireside and takes them to him to sign.

The bookstore does not advertise that it carries books signed by Watterson. Only by browsing does a shopper find "Calvin and Hobbes" books with the circular stickers, "Local Author," and "Autographed Copy."

"We are terribly sensitive of that relationship," Lewis explained. "He likes his privacy. We don't want to overdo it."

The 16 "Calvin and Hobbes" books are collections of the daily and Sunday strips. The books have sold almost 30 million copies, said Kathie Kerr, director of promotions for Universal Press Syndicate in Kansas City, Mo.

"There are a lot of fans out there," Kerr said.

The back dust jacket drawing for "The Essential Calvin and Hobbes" depicts a giant Calvin stomping through a New England-style village while clutching a building. The village is actually downtown *******, and the building Calvin holds is the Popcorn Shop, the village's familiar candy and popcorn store.

"We get a few comments about it," said Popcorn Shop co-owner Linda Skala, who has never met Watterson. "Why he chose the Popcorn Shop, I don't know. It's funny. We don't object to it."

Village residents respect his privacy, resident Wendy Naylor said.

"He's a real nice guy; he's just afraid of publicity," Naylor said. "That's the way he feels, and you can't blame him."

Watterson's father, a village councilman and a former school board member, said that when they go to dinner in town, people leave them alone.

"They might wonder, `Gee, was that your son with you?' but they are polite and don't ask,' the elder Watterson said.

Watterson has spent the last three years painting and "enjoying life," said Lee Salem, editorial director at Universal Press Syndicate.

"I think the deadlines were getting to him," Salem said. "I think he's really enjoying the fresh air he's breathing these days."

Salem has no idea what Watterson is painting.

"He enjoys it, but struggles," Salem said.

Will Watterson ever resume drawing and writing "Calvin and Hobbes"?

"I don't know how to answer that, which may surprise you that I didn't say a flat-out no," Salem said. "I'm not sure the creative impulse he has has been entirely fulfilled. We've talked to him about it. He's open to it. We've talked about some ideas, how to return to newspapers. But I think it's low on his list of priorities."

If you're in *******, scrutinize the bike riders who dart through town. One of them could be him. Or maybe he's that solitary man sitting quietly at a table at the RoseCart Coffee Cafe.

You just as well could stumble on him painting in a nearby park. Shhh. Leave him alone. You don't want to scare him off.