Looking for Calvin and Hobbes
The Unconventional Story of Bill Watterson and His Revolutionary Comic StripBook - 2009
Traces the life and career of the creator of "Calvin and Hobbes."
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.
Martell, an author, editor, and music journalist, traces the life and career of Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes. Drawing from interviews with artists and writers like Dave Barry, Harvey Pekar, Jonathan Lethem, and Brad Bird, as well as Watterson's friends, colleagues, and mother, he details his childhood and family, early influences and education, early comics, the genesis of Calvin and Hobbes, its ten years in publication, his books, his refusal to merchandise, why he ended the strip, and the search for an interview with the elusive and private Watterson. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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