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The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library And Museum Opens Awesome ‘Calvin & Hobbes’ Exhibit: We Want To Go To There

Calvin & Hobbes art by Bill Watterson, via twitter.com/DearMrWatterson
Twitter.com/dearmrwatterson

Last Friday, the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum at Ohio State University opened an incredible pair of exhibits featuring the art of Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson and Cul de Sac creator Richard Thompson, and I don’t think I have ever wanted to go see an art exhibit more. Curators Jenny Robb and Caitlin McGurk have assembled an incredible collection of original art from Calvin and Hobbes organized by season, as well as Watterson’s actual tools of the trade, featuring hilarious commentary by the man himself. Unfortunately, like many people in this world, I am nowhere near Columbus, Ohio.

The good news, however, is that the filmmakers behind Dear Mr. Watterson, a documentary about Calvin & Hobbes and its impact, were in attendance snapping pictures so that the rest of us could live vicariously through them. Check out a few of our favorites below!

The main attractions was, of course, the original art, and there were plenty of classic C&H strips to choose from:

 

Original art from Bill Watterson's Calvin & Hobbes, via twitter.com/dearmrwatterson
Original art from Bill Watterson’s Calvin & Hobbes, via twitter.com/dearmrwatterson

 

Original art from Bill Watterson's Calvin & Hobbes, via twitter.com/dearmrwatterson
Original art from Bill Watterson’s Calvin & Hobbes, via twitter.com/dearmrwatterson

 

Original art from Bill Watterson's Calvin & Hobbes, via twitter.com/dearmrwatterson
Original art from Bill Watterson’s Calvin & Hobbes, via twitter.com/dearmrwatterson

 

Original art from Bill Watterson's Calvin & Hobbes, via twitter.com/dearmrwatterson
Original art from Bill Watterson’s Calvin & Hobbes, via twitter.com/dearmrwatterson

 

Watterson’s art supplies, however, made for a pretty amazing exhibit all by themselves, thanks to the cartoonist’s commentary for each item. Click for the full-sized version:

 

Bill Watterson's art supplies, via twitter.com/dearmrwatterson
Bill Watterson’s art supplies, via twitter.com/dearmrwatterson

 

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Bill Watterson’s art supplies, via twitter.com/dearmrwatterson

 

Finally, here’s an interesting artifact: A rejected submission to a syndicate (complete with rejection letter!) from Watterson’s pre-Calvin career:

 

Art by Bill Watterson, via twitter.com/dearmrwatterson
Art by Bill Watterson, via twitter.com/dearmrwatterson

 

For more, including some amazing shots of the Richard Thompson exhibit, check out @DearMrWatterson. It’s definitely worth your time!

 

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