Looking for Calvin and Hobbes

Looking for Calvin and Hobbes

The Unconventional Story of Bill Watterson and His Revolutionary Comic Strip

Book - 2009
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For ten years, Calvin and Hobbes was one the world's most beloved comic strips. And then, on the last day of 1995, the strip ended. Its mercurial and reclusive creator, Bill Watterson, not only finished the strip but withdrew entirely from public life.

In Looking for Calvin and Hobbes, Nevin Martell sets out on a very personal odyssey to understand the life and career of the intensely private man behind Calvin and Hobbes. Martell talks to a wide range of artists and writers (including Dave Barry, Harvey Pekar, and Brad Bird) as well as some of Watterson's closest friends and professional colleagues, and along the way reflects upon the nature of his own fandom and on the extraordinary legacy that Watterson left behind. This is as close as we're ever likely to get to one of America's most ingenious and intriguing figures - and it's the fascinating story of an intrepid author's search for him, too.

Publisher: New York ; London : Continuum, 2009.
ISBN: 9780826429841
Characteristics: vi, 247 p. ;,23 cm.


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SCL_Justin Jul 07, 2018

This book was such a waste of time. The author rehashes newspaper accounts of Bill Watterson and his monumental work in Calvin and Hobbes, but adds nothing himself. It reads like an undergraduate book report that just goes on and on far too long. Heartily disrecommended.

Nov 21, 2016

just a rambling, all hearsay, by a groupie who wished he could get what no other journalists(all more talented than the author) could get. We all love Calvin and his tiger buddy, enough already.

Jun 01, 2016

Borrows way too heavily from Watterson's own essays from the anthologies. I found very little of depth or worth pondering or even publishing in this. Hardly worth the read at all. (Sorry; I'm not usually so disappointed.)

Oct 03, 2013

I felt quite a range of emotions while reading this book (which I did not expect), including agitation and frustration, but it was definitely worth finishing in the end and I was satisfied with how the writer handled the whole thing. Bill Watterson is a more complicated character than I had considered, and I have a bigger appreciation of him now than I did before reading this. I didn't think that was even possible considering how great Calvin and Hobbes is! I have never loved another cartoon even half as much as his.

Apr 06, 2013

The creator of Calvin and Hobbes, Bill Watterson, has given readers a lot of fun and thoughts, yet he doesn't like publicity. Thanks to Nevin Martell, we're now able to have a glimpse of Watterson's life and his influences upon others.

Even though Watterson still hasn't said anything about himself or his private life in public, the data being collected is preciously from Watterson's friends, co-workers and people who know his work very well. I am amazed when the author gives fine examples from the comic strips when tracing the talented artist's life, thus making the hypotheses more plausible.

Martell has really done a good job in organizing the materials he collected and 'listening' to Watterson.

Mar 16, 2012

Blogger Nevin Martell went looking for the subject of his book and didn't find it, and I'm not playing on words here. He spends the entire time trying to get an exclusive interview with the reclusive Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson, and never gets it. Instead we get a rambling journal of feelings and doubts from the author. This mess of a result doesn't make Watterson any more mysterious, it means this book shouldn't have been published.

Feb 17, 2011

I have to agree that despite the many negative reviews on Amazon, this is the best "posthumous" bio of Bill Watterson that I've read. Nevin Martell never misleads the reader and keeps speculation to a minimum, yet somehow manages to crack the code of secrecy around the elusive former cartoonist by taking to scores of his friends, former colleagues and even scores an interview with Watterson's mother. He also manages to effectively capture the wonderment and magic contained in the strip's panels and his prose wonderfully mirrors that feeling throughout the book.

Jan 11, 2011

This is the most up to date biography on Bill Watterson and by far the best one I've read. Even though Mevin Martell never got a chance to speak with the man himself, he did interview many cartoonists that knew Watterson, as well as the famed cartoonist's mother. Despite the author having to write this book "as though [Watterson] were dead", it still an intimate look into the life behind Calvin and Hobbes and how the comic came to be. Spoiler alert: Calvin was originally called "Marvin".

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Oct 28, 2013

violet_dog_7453 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 7 and 59


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