You don't actually have to scan all of those. There are only 4 strips we need in color. I'll describe them:
7/1/90: Calvin plays a game with Hobbes; toss a water balloon back and forth and step back until it bursts.
8/19/90: Calvin lassoes his killer bike and ties it to a tree. Dad talks about the lock he got for Calvin.
10/7/90: Spaceman Spiff finds a tiny civilization and a huge alien alter ego of Moe.
10/14/90: Calvin makes Hobbes pose on a rock for a drawing.
For optimum scan results, stick some black paper behind the scanned page to prevent the other pages from bleeding in. You'll still see some irregularities in the whites on the scan, but don't worry; I can fix those with editing. I can also straighten crooked strips. Just make sure to catch the whole strips, in focus.
Well... Don't get me wrong, I'm glad you bothered but they're... not perfect.
I've got a couple ideas from my own experience with scans. First, two out of the four are cut along the bottom row, and the ones that aren't look fine. So try to capture the whole strip like you did with the two good ones.
As for the dark, unfocused panels near the spine, try lifting the cover and pressing down hard on the pages at the binding, bringing them closer to the scan glass and in good focus (the other side edge of the pages may bump up againt the borders of the glass; lift them up so they don't compress). It's a bit tough on the arms to hold it like that while it scans, but I did it dozens of times while scanning. If this cuts off other panels, no worry; I can edit the panels seamlessly back together with those from the other scans.
Anything else can be done with editing. Once again, thanks, I appreciate your work.
I myself don't, and I'm just a dozen strips short of my plan for a complete database of strips. I would be very thankful if you could describe the individual strips for the following dates, in such a manner as to make them identifiable (no need to go into details):
April 17 through 22,
and May 15 through 20, both 1995.
It would be a great service to the wiki. Thank you, that will be all.
April 17- Calvin is taking a bath with a lot of stuff and his mother says, "Let's draw the line at the umbrella."
April 18- Calvin and Hobbes are walking through and wind storm and Calvin is describing how annoying it is and Hobbes asked why grip over it if he can't change it.
April 19 and 20- Calvin receives a letter from his past self to his present self.
April 21- Calvin tells his mom he has all sorts of sicknesses like a sore throat and ear ache and that he should stay home, but his mother suggests calling the doctor and Calvin says he feels all right.
April 22- Calvin and Hobbes are looking at the sky and Calvin thinks there should be some red and grabs a kite to fill it in.
May 15- Calvin blows a giant bubble that pops, and Calvin says he hoped for a huge explosion.
May 16- Calvin blows another bubble that blows air at him and pops.
May 17- Calvin tries to hit a baseball but the ball starts eating his bat and hides up in a tree.
May 18- Calvin tosses a ball up and tries to ctach it, but the ball starts eating his glove and asks his Dad for two of them.
May 19- Calvin tries to touch the ball with his bat but the ball starts eating it. Calvin's Dad grouches about Calvin leaving his stuff in the yard.
May 20- Calvin's Dad asks why Calvin has been throwing rocks at his bat, but Calvin explained it was the ball, but is sent to his room.
Ask me if you need anything else. Glad to contribute!