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Looking for Calvin and Hobbes
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Introduction - with film studios and merchandisers offering millions of dollars to license his characters, why would Bill Watterson turn up his nose and reject the American dream?; Chapter 1 - biographical examination of Watterson as a young man.; Chapter 2 - an overview of the history of the comic strip in America, and its relation to Watterson's art; Chapter 3 - Watterson's first forays into the world of comic art; Chapter 4 - a boy and his tiger are born; Chapter 5 - a look at Watterson's contemporaries; Chapter 6 - Calvin & Hobbes go supernova; Chapter 7 - why was Calvin & Hobbes a revolutionary and inimitable cartoon strip?; Chapter 8 - 10 years after the comic strip began, Watterson brings his fantastical odyssey to an abrupt close; Chapter 9 - What has been happening in the 13 years since Watterson effectively dropped off the face of the planet?; Chapter 10 - a trip to Watterson's hometown; Chapter 11 - The legacy of Calvin & Hobbes; Chapter 12 - What does the future hold for Watterson?; Chapter 13 - final analysis of why Watterson gave it all up; Outroduction - a summary of the author's journey to find Watterson.

About the Author

Nevin Martell is the author of Dave Matthews Band: Music for the People and Beck: The Art of Mutation. He is a Contributing Editor at Filter magazine and a music journalist. He lives outside Washington, DC, where he develops documentaries and non-fiction television for Story House Productions.

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"Watterson can hide, but he can't die. His work lives on and we're lucky to have Nevin Martell reminding us so colorfully in this joyful book."- Berkeley Breathed
"Martell gets as close as anybody can to Watterson in a book that takes the reader behind the strip, a well-researched portrait of the cartoonist that is both fascinating and revealing." -Currents
"Nevin Martell's book provides a rare glimpse of the riddle wrapped in the mystery inside an enigma that is Bill Watterson and his brilliant work, which I now know was almost called 'Marvin and Hobbes.'"- Stephan Pastis, creator of Pearls Before Swine

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