Let's Go Exploring by Michael Hingston

Let's Go Exploring

A fascinating investigation of a beloved comic stripThe 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 of a boy and his best friend — a stuffed tiger — was a pitch-per...

Details Let's Go Exploring

TitleLet's Go Exploring
Release DateMay 1st, 2018
PublisherECW Press
GenreNonfiction, History, Sequential Art, Comics, Art, Culture, Pop Culture, Biography

Reviews Let's Go Exploring

  • Dave
    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 ...
  • Laura (Book Scrounger)
    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 evoluti...
  • Alexis
    A detailled look at the history of Calvin and Hobbes. This was a fun pop culture read.
  • Dessa
    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 t...
  • Nathan
    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 ...
  • Ben
    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, a...
  • Janice
    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.
  • Trevor Atwood
    I’m not obsessed with Bill Watterson. But it’s debatable. As a pastor, I resonate a lot with the cartoonists. The daily pressure to package creative content in a way the audience resonates with is common to both professions. The more I hear about Watterson’s dedication to his art, and refusal to cheapen it for money, the more I’m inspired to deliver the gospel creatively, Sunday after Sunday, without cheapening it for money or power. If y...
  • Joel
    really smart and fun. honestly I did learn a lot of new stuff about Calvin & Hobbes which I didn't think was possible - and some really thoughtful insights about the strip I'd never considered before.
  • 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 pu...
  • Janki
    I received this novel from a Goodreads giveaway and as a fan of Calvin and Hobbes, it was nice to read about the history of the comics.
  • Janet
    Calvin and Hobbes was my generations' reason to read the newspaper, and Michael Hingston examines why. This book kept me reading way past bedtime. It made me happy/sad. Let's Go Exploring is written conversationally which I really appreciated. He captures all the whimsy and yes, the sadness that Calvin and Hobbes is no more. Mr Hingston gives the background on the strip's creator and his reasons for stopping the strip. I was not aware that the co...
  • Christopher Schmitz
    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...
  • Joe K
    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...
  • K.
    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 ...
  • AUstralian First Time
    A fascinating investigation of a beloved comic stripThe 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 of a boy and his best friend — a stuffed tiger — was a pitch-perf...
  • Audrey Adamson
    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 h...
  • Lyle Blosser
    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...
  • Holly Senecal
    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.
  • Nathaniel Darkish
    Overall an interesting book about my all-time favorite comic strip and its creator. Well-written and researched, interesting while avoiding becoming boring.
  • bamlinden
    I’ll start with this obvious blanket statement....I love Calvin and Hobbes. So the moment I learned of this book by Micheal Hingston, I knew it would be added to the reading list. It’s a quick and enjoyable read. It was fun to hear about the birth and rise of the greatest comic strip in history as well as the abrupt end at its height of popularity. A lot of things were not surprising revelations during those chapters. I’ll admit, I (like I...
  • Linda
    I wouldn't expect a book about a comic strip not to include any illustrations, but I think Let's Go Exploring pulls it off. It's mostly an analysis of Calvin & Hobbes, with an account of every instance of the characters, including early, proto-versions and tributes after the strip ended. Most fans will know a lot of the information, but there will probably be some details the reader hadn't encountered before. For me, I was unaware of anything fro...
  • Jody Spencer
    You definitely should be a fan if you give this book a try. There's so many references to past comic strips that you need to have some background knowledge of reading the strip. Definitely had some interesting revelations but also some slow spots if you're not a huge fan.
  • Harve Lemelin
    A thoughtful introspective overview of the creator, creations, and imitators surrounding Calvin and Hobbes. What a wonderful read, and although others might disagree, one can't help but to admire Watterson's commitment to his creation.
  • Brandon Bishop
    I loved the insights provided here into my favorite comic strip of all time. I love Calvin and Hobbes!
  • Wendy
    A loving tribute or a scholarly deconstruction? Yes. Hingston develops an academic analysis of Calvin and Hobbes' history and impact, with a true fan-boy sensibility.
  • Simon Eisner
    A lot of this book was simply describing the individual comic strips. I could have done without that. That said, the analysis and history on Watterson was interesting.