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Calvin & Hobbes: Art Before Commerce

Everyone loved Calvin and Hobbes, and they still do, even though the comic ceased over twenty years ago. What is it that made the strip so special? Bill Watterson never phoned it in. He held his comic to the highest standard until he ran out of things to say …and then he quit. The strips never had a chance to become repetitive or cliched. But that’s not all there was to it.

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Even all these years later, seeing a Calvin and Hobbes strip is a delight. Little boys with vivid imaginations will always be with us, as well as the philosophical questions they have about our confusing world.    

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I've had the Essential etc. collections since I was a teen, and now my son (age 9) is reading them. He really identifies with Calvin and all his travails. I'm just glad that his vocabulary is growing at an accelerated rate! (And his sense of humor as well!)
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It's really heavy and awkward to read, just like the "absolute" graphic novel collections. Still totally worth it, though, even if it does stick out from the front of my bookcase in an infuriating way.
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The hardbound complete collection is #1 on my Amazon wishlist this year and will be my top request from the parents. :)

Ready to relive the snowmen, transmogrifier and picture days.
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