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Publisher's Summary

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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Calvinball!!!!!!

Who was your favorite character and why?

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.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES. But I didn't. This narrator is ridiculously easy to listen to.

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Interesting, Fun, and Inspiring

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

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.

Have you listened to any of Jeremy Arthur’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Into the mind of an American icon

Any additional comments?

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.

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Must listen!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.

What about Jeremy Arthur’s performance did you like?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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A Cozy Peek Behind the Scenes - Amazing Narration!

What did you love best about Looking for Calvin and Hobbes?

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.

Have you listened to any of Jeremy Arthur’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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!

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was beautifully produced - extremely high quality and fabulously narrated. I highly recommend this audiobook to anyone! Great story with a stellar narration!

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He didn't find him.

author spent too much time talking about what he was drinking or the weather. This was less of a bio and more of a story about trying to get an interview. learning about Bill's thoughts on fame I am glad he did not betray his ideals for this book. The author did not deserve an interview. Bill is fantastic and I respectfully wish him a great quite life. Maybe a post mortem strip??

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Behind the perfect cartoon of Calvin and Hobbes.

This was a really interesting look at the man behind Calvin and Hobbes. One of the best cartoons ever drawn, and my personal favorite. Bill Watterson really made one of the most influential and beloved cartoons of all time. It’s very interesting to learn a little about the man behind it all. And his life and all he went through for his art and characters, and his fight for what he created and stand on integrity and art. This was a great listen for both fan and non fan of Bill Watterson and his creations Calvin and Hobbes cartoon strip. Recommend for sure!

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Great Writing

Just what I was looking for in a book about Calvin and Hobbes and Bill Watterson

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Not Worth the Time

What disappointed you about Looking for Calvin and Hobbes?

There is next to nothing of substance about Watterson or the comic strip.

What was most disappointing about Nevin Martell’s story?

Martell fills in for his lack of substantive information with fluff and filler. Unless he saved the good stuff for the last chapters. I did not finish the book.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jeremy Arthur?

No opinion about this

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Looking for Calvin and Hobbes?

Editor could have condensed book into magazine article.

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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.

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Simply AMAZING!

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.