The much anticipated Bill Watterson, Richard Thompson twin exhibit opened last weekend at the Billy Ireland Library at Ohio State University. Curated by Jenny Robb and Caitlin McGurk, by all reports, it surpassed all expectations.
The best play by play of the event came from Chris Sparks’s Facebook account. Since it’s not open to public, read Michael Cavna’s write-up who talked to key people like Caitlin, Bill, Richard, Chris and Lee Salem:
?The exhibit was a wonderful tribute to two great lions of the art form,? Salem ? who helped discover and nurture both Watterson and Thompson as legendary editor at Universal Press Syndicate/Universal Uclick ? told Comic Riffs. ?Jenny Robb and her associates at Ohio State laid out a thoughtful and representative display of the works of Bill and Richard. And to have them both in the same room at the same time! It was clear these two artists are bonded by affection and regard for the other?s work.?
?The whole event was a tribute to their work, their enduring legacies and the underappreciated power of the art form,? continued Salem, hours before ending his own influential career at Andrews McMeel. ?I was moved by seeing them together and happy to celebrate them and the event.?