New Book coming out
Submitted by Steve Troop on September 30, 2009 - 12:09
I found this while surfing today. I thought maybe you guys might want to check it outâ€¦
Nevin Martell has a book coming out calledÂ Looking for Calvin and Hobbes: The Unconventional Story of Bill Watterson and his Revolutionary Comic Strip. Hereâ€™s the abridged version of the summary that I found on The Comics Curmudgeon:
For ten years, between 1985 and 1995, Calvin and Hobbes was one the worldâ€™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. There is no merchandising associated with Calvin and Hobbes: no movie franchise; no plush toys; no coffee mugs; no t-shirts (except a handful of illegal ones). There is only the strip itself, and the books in which it has been compiled â€” including The Complete Calvin and Hobbes: the heaviest book ever to hit the New York Times bestseller list.
InÂ Looking for Calvin and Hobbes: The Unconventional Story of Bill Watterson and His Revolutionary Comic Strip, I trace the life and career of the extraordinary, influential, and intensely private man behind Calvin and Hobbes. With input from a wide range of artists and writers (including Dave Barry, Harvey Pekar, Jonathan Lethem, and Brad Bird) as well as some of Wattersonâ€™s closest friends and professional colleagues, this is as close as weâ€™re ever likely to get to one of Americaâ€™s most ingenious and intriguing figures â€” and a fascinating detective story, at the same time.
Your readers may also be interested to know that I interviewed almost 50 cartoonists for the project, including Berke Breathed (Bloom County/Opus/Outland), Jim Davis (Garfield), Lynn Johnston (For Better or For Worse), Nicholas Gurewitch (The Perry Bible Fellowship), Keith Knight (The Knight Life/K Chronicles), Bill Amend (Foxtrot), Mort Walker (Beetle Bailey), Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine), Michael Jantze (The Norm), Mark Parisi (Off The Mark), Hilary Price (Rhymes With Orange), Dave Coverly (Speed Bump), Jan Eliot (Stone Soup), Jeff Smith (Bone), Brad Anderson (Marmaduke), Jef Mallett (Frazz), Mike Peters (Mother Goose & Grimm), Steve Troop (Mayberry Melonpool), Craig Thompson (Blankets), Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist Patrick Oliphant, Jim Borgman (Zits), Mark Tatulli (Lio) and Jim Meddick (Monty).
I donâ€™t know if you caught that. Nevin interviewed ME for this book about a year ago. Iâ€™m glad to see that his book is coming out and wanted to pass it along. It looks like I have great company, judging from the calibre of the other cartoonists that were interviewed. I cannot wait to read this book!
Also on the Comics Curmudgeon site: if you send Nevin an e-mail atÂ firstname.lastname@example.org,Â heâ€™ll send you a PDF of his bookâ€™s first chapter! He promises to only use the e-mail addresses he so collects to keep folks updated on when the book is coming out and other information related specifically to that book.
Just passing this along!