Wednesday, November 25, 2009

LOOKING FOR CALVIN AND HOBBES (book review)

Looking for Calvin and Hobbes
by Nevin Martell

Author Nevin Martell attempts to track down reclusive cartoonist Bill Watterson in his book, Looking For Calvin and Hobbes.

In some respects, it's a bit naive and presumptuous to assume that the historically press shy Watterson would participate in a book discussing his work, and as a result, the reader is left with what seems like a series of missed connections between the author and his subject.

Throughout the book, Martell tries to occasionally analyze the body of work, but unfortunately doesn't bring anything new to the table. Watterson's two extensive interviews with the magazines Honk! and The Comics Journal are stripped for information and quotes, but new recollections by fellow cartoonists, friends and colleagues are just a reminder that this book is missing the participation of both Watterson and the people closest to him.

I found the book to be a bit frustrating. No insight to the life or craft of Watterson was revealed and entire sections feel like rejection notes to Martell in his attempts to arrange interviews.

Watterson has chosen to let his brilliant work speak for itself.

Maybe that's enough.


1 comment :

Paul Allen said...

Right on. I felt the exact same way about the book.