By: E&P Staff
Bill Watterson has loaned more than 3,000 originals of his
“Calvin and Hobbes” comics to Ohio State University’s Cartoon Research Library.
“We are delighted to have this archive,” said curator Lucy Shelton Caswell. Researchers interested in seeing the comics — on long-term deposit at the library — are encouraged to make arrangements in advance.
Watterson did “Calvin and Hobbes” from late 1985 to the beginning of 1996. When he ended the comic, it was appearing in more than 2,400 newspapers via Universal Press Syndicate.
Universal’s sister company, Andrews McMeel Universal, is releasing “The Complete Calvin and Hobbes” this October (E&P Online, May 20). The three-volume, 23-pound, hardcover collection will include every “Calvin and Hobbes” strip — 3,160 in all.
Watterson rarely made public appearances while his comic was in syndication, but he did speak at Ohio State.