Bill Watterson still keeps an exceedingly low profile, but here’s the first significant Calvin and Hobbes news since the strip left newspapers nine years ago: Andrews & McMeel will be publishing The Complete Calvin and Hobbes in September. Unlike The Complete Peanuts, this won’t be a long, drawn-out publishing project: For $150, you’ll get three hardbound volumes with the strip’s entire decade-long run. (I’m not sure if the Sundays will be in color or not.)
I’m also still not sure if C&H was a strip to rank with the best that newspapers ever saw, but I think it’s pretty clear it’s the best strip we’ve seen in the last twenty years. (I’d also rate the best of Berke Breathed’s Bloom County as being something of lasting importance; if there was a complete BC, I might buy it.) It’s nice to know that Watterson’s work, unlike that of some great cartoonists, won’t have to wait until decades after the artist’s passing to end up in a definitive, complete collection.
Meanwhile, if September seems a long time away or $150 sounds like a lot of money, you can read Calvin strips for free here.