Columbus, OH: Calvin & Hobbes Exhibit at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

Eric and I both grew up on Calvin & Hobbes. (I am sure our parents were thrilled with Calvin's desires to skip school and make crazy snowmen. I actually really hated missing school, but I did try more than once to recreate Calvin's snowmen.) I (well, shared with my brother) have the entire book collection sitting on a shelf in my brother's childhood room. When Eric got an email from Dear Mr Watterson, a documentary about the comic that we still need to watch, that there was a Calvin & Hobbes exhibit opening up on Ohio State's campus, we realized we'd be able to check it out while we were in Columbus, OH, for the camping wedding. (Why OSU? Bill Watterson grew up in Ohio, went to Kenyon College, worked for a time for the Cincinnati Enquirer, and currently lives in Cleveland.)

We parked in a visitor's lot on OSU's campus and walked down to the museum.


Exploring Calvin and Hobbes was like stepping back into my childhood. You can see the original strips (with white out corrections!), see Bill Watterson's favorite tools, and learn some insights into Watterson's life and the creation of Calvin & Hobbes.


You also get humor.


The exhibit is in one big room in the gallery, spread out nicely to allow for reading the comics at your own pace.






The very last comic (if you go around the gallery clockwise when you enter) is my all-time favorite strip:


Boy do I love Calvin & Hobbes. The exhibit is open until August 3rd, and the museum is open from 1-5pm Tuesday-Sunday (closed Monday and holidays). The museum is free.
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