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.
©2010 Nevin Martell (P)2014 ListenUp Production, LLC
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Bill Watterson. This guy created one of the most popular comic strips ever and never wanted to turn the spotlight on himself. Try to picture him in a Hulu commercial with Seth MacFarlane...you can't.
YES. But I didn't. This narrator is ridiculously easy to listen to.
"Interesting, Fun, and Inspiring"
I would absolutely recommend this to a friend. The story not only goes into great detail on the life of a comic strip legend. It also tells an interesting story of the history of comic strips in general.
I liked listening to Watterson's description and interpretations of specific pieces he's done. It's captivating hearing his motivation for a piece and where he draws inspiration.
I have listened to other audiobooks by this narrator and I must say that this is one of his best. His delivery of the story is excellent and I definitely felt drawn in to the life and works of Watterson.
Into the mind of an American icon
This audiobook was a great listen and i definitely recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Calvin and Hobbes or any comic strip for that matter.
Yes! Bill Watterson is such an interesting person and I think Nevin Martell does a wonderful job of telling his story and sharing the frustrations fans have of not knowing more about the reclusive Watterson.
I loved Jeremy Arthur's voice throughout the entire audiobook. Sometimes narrators can be too monotone, especially in non-fiction, but I thought Jeremy Arthur was a perfect choice. I'll definitely be looking out for more of his work.
I like Calvin and Hobbes, but I'm not a superfan, so most of the information in this book was new to me. I know a lot of Watterson's fans will already know much of what is in the book, but I think Looking and Calvin and Hobbes has a little something for everyone - from casual Calvin and Hobbes readers to lifelong fans.
"A Cozy Peek Behind the Scenes - Amazing Narration!"
There is an underlying warmth to this book - it's clear how much Neville Martin adored and appreciated the beautifully written comic strip, Calvin and Hobbes, and its author, Bill Watterson. The amazingly cozy tone of Jeremy Arthur's narration really helps to bring about a sense of endearment and fondness on behalf of Neville.
I have listened to a handful of Jeremy's other audiobook performances - he has such an inviting and engaging tone and timbre to his voice. It's present without being overbearing - you can sit back and relax and really enjoy the storytelling. He draws you in and is very easy on the ears - there's a tenderness to his sound that I absolutely enjoy. I'm waiting, in anticipation, for his next audiobook, Pickett's Charge, to be up for sale!
This audiobook was beautifully produced - extremely high quality and fabulously narrated. I highly recommend this audiobook to anyone! Great story with a stellar narration!
"Rich insights gained"
Martell's research has helped the world to better understand the talented author of Calvin and Hobbes.
And to appreciate the difficulty of maintaining integrity amidst the powers of fame and marketing... good story. It labored a bit towards the end.
This book is a must read for Bill Watterson and Calvin and Hobbes fans.
Nevin Martell takes you on an incredible journey through the life of Bill Watterson and the adventure that led him to creating Calvin and Hobbes.
His attention to detail is wonderful and he should be very proud. I'm sure Bill Watterson is proud of this book and how well Martell represented himself with dignity and pride.
"Stars more for subject matter than anything"
I love Calvin and Hobbes. Its relative underexposure is one of the things I treasure about it - but I can't help myself wanting any book about it and Bill Watterson that may appear. Unfortunately though the author makes an earnest attempt at writing its definitive story without any cooperation from the artist, it feels hollow. The best thing I can say about it is that it underscores its own unnecessity and asserts how powerful Watterson's insistence that the work speak for itself really is. Still if you're a Calvin and Hobbes fan it's going to keep you interested based on subject matter alone - and I enjoyed just thinking about Calvin and Hobbes again.
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