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A Birthday With Calvin And Hobbes

A very special birthday

The iconic Calvin and Hobbes is one of my favorite comic strips. I love the humor, perspective and philosophy that Bill Watterson infuses into the daily life of a six year old and his tiger best friend. The strip has also directly affected my life on at least one occasion: a shared love of Calvin & Hobbes brought +Abhilash Bingi and I together for the first time.

The one that started it all!
So it should come as no surprise to anyone (except me, I was surprised when we got there!) that my husband planned a visit to the Billy Ireland Museum of Cartoons at OSU for my birthday. I'm a big fan of comics and cartoons so I'd have been thrilled at going anyway. But what made it more special was the fact that the museum just happened  to be running a special exhibition of Bill Watterson and Richard Thompson. To top that off, I actually found a strip dated 24-3-1987 on display! That's right folks, the Calvin & Hobbes strip that ran on the day I celebrated my first birthday :D

First appearance of the Transmogrifier!
I was very lucky. Why? A lot of things came together for this special day to happen. The OSU had a museum for cartoons. It was running a special exhibit on Calvin and Hobbes which started only on March 23. Columbus, Ohio is just 3 hours from Detroit. +Abhilash Bingi happened to read about it. And finally, my birthday strip was actually on display! It couldn't have been better if he had planned it. I won't be forgetting this birthday for a long time...

Yep, that's me!



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