Comics in Columbus in 2014: a quick preview and an appeal

It is hard for me  to think much past the Festival next month, but in truth that is only the beginning of what is shaping up to be one of the best years ever for comics at the Ohio State campus. Just last week, for example, we got official word that Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbes) and Richard Thompson (Cul de Sac) will be jointly exhibiting at the new Billy Ireland museum in March, bringing together two of the great contemporary masters of the comic strip form.

Then in May, The Art of Daniel Clowes comes to the Wexner Center here on campus, with related programming that I can’t tell you about because your head will explode (and also, I don’t know the details yet, so I’d just be making stuff up).

Finally, close to campus and near and dear to our hearts, our colleagues at the Columbus Museum of Art and the Thurber House will be once again hosting a cartoonist in residence. Hard act to follow after Ed Piskor this year and Paul Hornschemeier the year before, but our 2014 resident, Lilli Carré, has more than enough awesome to step into those shoes. There will be workshops, talks and of course an exhibition of Carré’s work at the Museum. In order to support Lilli’s visit, the CMA and Thurber House have set up a site to kickstart the funding for the residency at . Check out the adorable video: how can you resist?