A full rundown of Comic Con 2010 will appear at this here blog within the next day or so. To tide you over until then, I present a series of sketches Bill Watterson sent to Berkeley Breathed – they were cartoonist pen pals back in the heady 1980’s.
Berkeley gave a funny and subversive talk, attended by hundreds of nerds, geeks and dweebs of all stripes. Since Comic Con is home to Exclusive Limited Editions in all media, where better to show off a bunch of Watterson sketches received by snail mail in the 80’s?
This is probably the closest ol’ Bill will ever get to Comic Con.
This last sketch, of a buck naked Ronald Reagan, was Bill’s response to a story told by Berkeley in which Berkeley received a phone call from the President as he emerged from the shower. Reagan had seen a picture of his wife, Nancy, in a Bloom County Sunday strip, and wanted to thank Berkeley. Too stunned to think of anything better to say, Berkeley replied “Mr. President, I think you should know I’m not wearing any pants right now.” The President must have found this charming, because he invited the cartoonist to a State Dinner. (That time, Berkeley wore pants.)
More fun cartoonist stories to come!