'Calvin and Hobbes' collections to make e-book debut

Less than six months after bringing Calvin and Hobbes, Pearls Before Swine and others to mobile phones and tablets with its GoComics app, Andrews McMeel Publishing and Universal Uclick have announced they'll release three collections of Bill Watterson's beloved comic strip as e-books.

It's another digital first for Calvin and Hobbes, which made its (legal) debut on mobile devices in April with GoComics.

The three collections, The Essential Calvin and Hobbes (1988), The Authoritative Calvin and Hobbes (1990) and The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes (1992), will go on sale for tablet format only on Nov. 12 for $12.99 each. The hardcover and paperback editions have sold a combined 10 million copies.

The popular comic strip ran from November 1985 until Watterson's retirement in December 1995, at its peak appearing in more than 2,400 newspapers. The reclusive cartoonist, who in 1986 was the youngest person to win the Reuben Award, has remained protective of Calvin and Hobbes, resisting efforts to merchandise the comic.

"Calvin and Hobbes is firmly established in the hearts of millions, who have been eager to enjoy the antics of their favorite duo in a digital format," Andrews McMeel CEO Hugh T. Andrews said in a statement. "We are delighted the technology has evolved to ensure the quality and high-resolution of images to accommodate the exceptional creative mastery of Bill Watterson, one of the greatest comic artists."

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