Tuesday, 23 October 2012

The Complete Calvin and Hobbes

 
Did I mention I got the Complete Calvin and Hobbes a few months back? I'd been eyeballing it furiously for a while and just gave in one day when I was feeling particularly shitty. Its not a decision I regret in the slightest. For £50, you get three beautiful oversized, landscape format books, collected together in a matching slipcase cover (top picture). The binding is very solid and looks to be hard-wearing and the books themselves gather every single Calvin and Hobbes strip ever. If all trophy comics are of this level quality and prettiness, I can understand why people buy them. These are definitely the best-looking books on my shelf after my Hellboy Library editions.
 
Packaging aside, dipping into these after work or uni has been such a pleasure, I can't begin to tell you. There's not a lot of art that elicits a reaction from people, especially a positive one, but reading these provides a real and genuine feeling of happiness. Perhaps it has something to do with the way in which, despite discussing every horrible subject under the sun: war, politics, bullies, death, Watterson still retains his optimism in life and the world, largely due to the relationship between  Calvin and his cat. May write about these later at length, but just wanted to show off some pictures for the mean time.


 

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