On December 31, 1995, Bill Watterson, award-winning creator of Calvin and Hobbes, retired at the height of his cartooning career, issuing the following statement: "This is not a recent or easy decision, and I leave with some sadness. I believe I've done what I can do within the constraints of daily deadlines and small panels. I am eager to work at a more thoughtful pace, with fewer artistic compromises. I have not yet decided on future projects, but my relationship with Andrews McMeel Universal (AMU) will continue." Announcing the eagerly anticipated October 4, 2005, publication of The Complete Calvin and Hobbes, published by Andrews McMeel Publishing, a division of AMU. Similar in format to the New York Times best-selling The Complete Far Side, The Complete Calvin and Hobbes collects every Bill Watterson cartoon in a three-volume slipcased set. The book's limited-edition first printing of 250,000 copies includes every Watterson strip (3,160 to be exact) appearing between the cartoon's launch on November 18, 1985, to its final run on December 31, 1995, along with new art and a revealing introduction essay by Watterson. During its syndication, Calvin and Hobbes ran in more than 2,400 newspapers. Worldwide sales of Watterson's 17 existing Calvin and Hobbes book collections surpass 30 million copies, making Watterson's heartwarming depiction of precocious six-year-old Calvin and his imaginary, pouncing pet tiger Hobbes unquestionably one of the most popular and beloved comic strips of all time. Whether a poignant look at serious family issues or a round of time travel (with the aid of a well-labeled cardboard box), "Watterson's imaginative approach to his material and his inventive graphics have made Calvin and Hobbes one of the few universally admired by other cartoonists," writes Charles Solomon for the Los Angeles Times.
- ISBN-13: 9780740748479
- ISBN-10: 0740748475
- Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
- Publish Date: September 2005
- Dimensions: 12.5 x 11.2 x 5.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 22.25 pounds
- Page Count: 1440