A gift for myself starting the new year (which is half off at Barnes and Nobles). My favorite comic strip when I was a kid. I had some of the books but now heres the whole collection also including the separated stories he worked on the trade paperbacks. Since it has the strip in chronological order, its the first opportunity to watch how Bill Watterson's artwork and style evolved over the years. The total collection weighs about 22.5 lbs, which makes it a bit awkward to handle each book weighs about 7 pound so try not to drop this on your foot. It would be ideal if the slipcase had round cuts on the top and bottom corresponding to each book so one's fingertips could pry out the books with ease.