## Jinx NotationJinx Notation is a system to identify a specific strip in one of the FoxTrot or C&H books. It was invented by Felix Xavier Jinx, who was Peter Wainscott's alter ego. In this system, a comic strip is identified by an abbreviation, followed by three (or sometimes two) numbers in parentheses, e.g. The abbreviation stands for the comic strip being referred to:
The first number is the book number. See below for the book numbers for FoxTrot and Calvin and Hobbes books. The second number is the page number in the book. Simple, eh? The third number denotes the location of the strip on that page.
If the strip is a Sunday strip, only the first two numbers are needed. ## FoxTrot book numbersHere are the book numbers for the FoxTrot treasuries. Each treasury is made up of two regular books combined. Note that all treasuries after "Assorted FoxTrot" will be made up of three regular books combined.
Now, you may ask, "What if I only have a regular book, and not a treasury?" Here's the answer to the problem! Use these book numbers for the FoxTrot regular books:
## Calvin and Hobbes book numbersBook numbers for the C&H books are more complicated. This is because Bill Watterson wasn't nearly as consistent with book formats. There are three C&H treasuries corresponding to the first six regular C&H books. However, after that, the regular books were in treasury format. And where does one add "The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book"? Not only that, but "The Calvin and Hobbes Lazy Sunday Book" only compiles the Sunday strips of the first three regular books. As you can see, the numbering system used for FoxTrot books doesn't quite work for C&H books! But here's the system I've figured out... Book numbers for special C&H books (treasuries included):
Book numbers for the C&H regular books:
And what of "The Complete Calvin and Hobbes"? Well, let's say:
## Examples of Jinx NotationBelow are a few examples that show you how to use Jinx Notation: Suppose you want to make a reference to the FoxTrot root beer strip. This particular strip is the top strip on page 50 of "Think iFruity". So the proper reference in Jinx Notation would be Now suppose you want to refer to the strip where Calvin makes snow sharks. This strip is in "There's Treasure Everywhere" on page 139. It is the bottom strip of that page, but in this book, there are only 2 daily strips per page. So the Jinx Notation form for this strip would be Finally, suppose you want to tell someone about the letter that Calvin got from Santa. This is on page 67 of "There's Treasure Everywhere", so the proper form would be |