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Let's Go Exploring: Calvin and Hobbes (Pop Classics #10)

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A fascinating investigation of a beloved comic strip

The internet is home to impassioned debates on just about everything, but there’s one thing that’s universally beloved: Bill Watterson’s comic strip Calvin and Hobbes. Until its retirement in 1995 after a ten-year run, the strip won numerous awards and drew tens of millions of readers from all around the world. The story
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Paperback, 120 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by ECW Press
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Laura (Book Scrounger)
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Let's Go Exploring: Calvin and Hobbes was an entertaining and informative book for me since, although I very much enjoy Calvin and Hobbes, I didn't discover it until well after its newspaper run had ended (I didn't learn to read until about halfway through it, and we were overseas for the rest). So while some fans may be well aware of the timeline of the strip, this was all new information to me, so very interesting.

Aside from tracing the evolution of the strip and creator Bill Watterson's caree
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Dave
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
At one time, before the advent of that internet thing, we all read newspapers, pretty much everyday. And, on Sundays, we devoted hours to going through all the Sunday sections, most particularly, everyone's favorite section - the Sunday funnies. Nowadays newspapers barely exist and their buildings such as the LA Times building are vacant and deserted and lifeless. I haven't picked up a paper in ages except the complimentary hotel copies. But the Sunday funnies ruled and in the eighties - besides ...more
Dessa
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The trouble with this book is that it instilled an instant, insistent urge in me to run out and buy the definitive box set special edition of Calvin and Hobbes and read nothing else for the next week.

This books does a couple of things, and all of them well: it’s a history of Calvin and Hobbes (of which I knew nothing) and a run-down of how daily newspaper strips used to work, and a philosophical and media-studies look behind the hood of both the strip and its wider cultural significance. Finall
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Nathan
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great, short read about the advent of Calvin & Hobbes, stories of its creator, brief tellings of its impact on our culture, and our fasciation with both the author and his creation. I don't really know anyone who doesn't treasure the old comic strip, and Hingston is inviting us along to analyze, remember, and appreciate it for what it is, and not what we think it should be.

Naturally, due to the iron grip Watterson has on C&H, don't expect any animated examples in the book, but please
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Ben
Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I received a digital copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I've read previous entries in the Pop Classics series and really enjoyed them - it gives you a slim, in-depth look at the deeper meaning and legacy a piece of pop culture might have had. Calvin and Hobbes feels like a perfect selection for this series, but the actual look into its legacy makes some good points about what it has to say about imagination, childhood, and creative control of your artwork, but never rea
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Janice
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My family and I were/are huge C/H fans. We bought our sons every book published and bought replacements when they wore out. So I am very enthusiastic about this book. The author has done his research and presents an entertaining and insightful book. Highly recommended.
My thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for my honest review.
Ameema Saeed
I received an advanced reading copy of this book, from the publisher (ECW Press), in exchange for my honest feedback.

An entertaining and informative read about the creation of everyone’s favourite comic, Calvin & Hobbes. More than just a biography of the comic’s creator (Bill Watterson) - this book takes you through the comic’s evolution - and explores why we all loved Calvin & Hobbes so much.

This was a short read - but it packed a big punch! The first few chapters explored the communi
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Christopher Schmitz
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I got a chance to peek under the hood at the newest Calvin and Hobbes book… So, it’s more of a Bill Watterson book than a Calvin and Hobbes book, but I was excited nonetheless. Michael Hingston’s Let’s Go Exploring is an interesting peek at the inner battles between the famously reclusive Bill Watterson (one of my personal heroes) and the monstrous men in black, the corporate suits that controlled the evil comics’ syndicate.
It’s maybe not as black and white as all that and really came down to on
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Joe K
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this in exchange for a fair review from NetGalley.

I really enjoyed this book. I'd previously read Looking for Calvin and Hobbes: The Unconventional Story of Bill Watterson and His Revolutionary Comic Strip by Nevin Martell, and I was a little hesitant to read this, thinking it would be more of the same. I was happily surprised, as it gave a bit more background information, and read like journalism, instead of the work of a super intense fan. I felt like I came away from
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K.
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I have been a long-time fan of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, just like the book asserts many people are. No one actively dislikes the comic and it’s easy to see why. With its layered look at the world and its ability to stretch the imagination, the comic allowed us to escape reality and view life from a new perspective.

The book gives great insight into the history of the comic, spanning from Bill Watterson’s background to the storylines we saw featured during the strip’s ten year run. Howev
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Nate
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
I’m glad I came across this book. It’s a great little overview of Calvin and Hobbes and its history. Like millions of others, I love Calvin and Hobbes and it’s been important to me since I was a kid. While there aren’t a ton of new insights into the strip itself, this volume was a fun read and did answer some questions I had about its creation and aftermath.

It’s to author Michael Hingston’s credit that he doesn’t come across as sycophantic in this book when discussing Bill Watterson. Though he d
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Audrey Adamson
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
As an educational reference for the unforgettable Clavin and Hobbes, Let's Go Exploring gives a lot of background and explains why we lost Calvin and company too soon. If you are a casual fan, you won't like this book. This isn't some fun insight into the comics. At first, I was discouraged by the lack of strips, but it made sense as I truly understood what this book was about. For a fan like me, this book gave me closure. I learned a lot about how the comic industry works and how cartoonists ar ...more
Nathaniel Darkish
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Overall an interesting book about my all-time favorite comic strip and its creator. Well-written and researched, interesting while avoiding becoming boring.
Lyle Blosser
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very enjoyable retrospective on Calvin and Hobbes and the man behind the panels. In addition to the thorough yet very approachable analysis of various aspects of the strip, I especially enjoyed learning more about Mr. Watterson's post-C&H time, and the wide range of tributes to him and the strip that have continued to appear. The author came across as being thorough and compassionate in the telling of Watterson's dealings with the syndicate and the reading public; one truly feels for the a ...more
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May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Our family are all huge Calvin and Hobbes fans so having the opportunity to read and review Lets Go Exploring was really amazing. I appreciate Michael Hingston and all his efforts to put the new perspective on one of the most loved comic strips of all time. I hope the word has gotten out about this book because it's captivating and page turning, loved it.
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Michael Hingston is the author of Let's Go Exploring and The Dilettantes, and editor of the Short Story Advent Calendar. His journalism has appeared in Wired, the Washington Post, and The Guardian. Hingston lives with his family in Edmonton, Alberta.
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