The book with a new original sketch by Bill Watterson sold at the charity auction for $11,000 to comic book artist Tony Harris.
above: Shelton Drum, Tony Harris, and Mr. Harris’ son
Details about the highlight of the auction, and more about Team Cul de Sac, at Mike Rhode’s interview with Chris Sparks.
Mike Rhode: You’ve mentioned in the past that you and Richard [Thompson] had sent a goal for TCDS fundraising of a quarter of a million dollars…
Chris Sparks: The real truth of that is that I was swapping emails with Michael Cavna of The Washington Post when I first started the project and Richard and I had talked about how much money we could raise. I was very happy with $25,000 as a goal, but when I was writing back to Mr. Cavna, I put $250,000 and that’s what he published. Richard and I had a good laugh about that. By mistake, I added one zero in an email I didn’t check, and went from $25,000 to $250,000.
This weekend, before the [Heroes Con Dine & Draw] we had around $241,000. The D&D brought in about $5100 so we were about $4000 away. We broke the goal!
original June 4 post:
Comic strip superstar Bill Watterson has contributed a signed copy of The Complete Calvin and Hobbes with an original sketch for a charitable Team Cul de Sac auction.
From Chris Sparks:
update: John Glynn brings it to my attention that:
I’ve seen signed Watterson items (with no original art) go for $10K. Wonder what this first new calvin and hobbes art in two decades will go for?