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$100,000 investment from ENGIE and Axium in the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum

President Drake is joined by faculty, student government and leadership from ENGIE and Axium

  A $100,000 investment from ENGIE North America and Axium Infrastructure in the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum will create opportunities over the next three years to expand the library’s partnerships, collections and programming relating to French cartoons and comics. ENGIE  and Axium  announced $200,000 in academic support to programs aiding women in engineering, […]

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Reading Room Limited Seating & Closings

During Fall Semester, the Lucy Shelton Caswell Reading Room will have limited seating or will be closed on the following: Wednesday, October 11 @ 8:10-10:55 am – ART 5890 – Special Topics in Art (Limited Seating) *Sunday, October 15 – Autumn Break (CLOSED) Tuesday, October 17 @ 11-12:30 – ENGLISH 3378 – Special Topics in […]

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Cartoons Crossroads Columbus (CXC) 2017 | September 28 – October 1

COMING SOON! Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) is a multi-faceted, yearly festival celebrating comics and cartooning, the city of Columbus and cartoonists worldwide. Visit them on Facebook  too! 

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Wendy Pflug and Caitlin McGurk honored at Faculty Awards reception

DamonJaggars awards Wendy Pflug and CaitlinMcGurk

  OSU Libraries Director Damon Jaggars, honored Wendy Pflug as she was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. Wendy joined the faculty as Assistant Professor in December 2011 at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. Also honored was Caitlin McGurk, the recipient of the annual “Award in Teaching Excellence” for 2016. This award is […]

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Art Database redesign in progress

Our Art Database is currently undergoing a redesign. It is available for use but If you need assistance searching for items, please contact us. Thank you for your patience.

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Lucy Caswell receives Ohio State’s Distinguished Service Award

Lucy Caswell and President  Michael Drake

“Lucy Shelton Caswell’s legacy at The Ohio State University is as profound as it is exceptional, due to her meticulous cultivation of the most preeminent collection of cartoon art in the world. For more than four decades, her incomparable vision and innovative spirit have been at the forefront of preserving and celebrating this powerful art […]

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Caitlin McGurk is the recipient of the Annual Award in Teaching Excellence for 2016.

The award was presented by Libraries’ Teaching & Learning Committee, with the approval of Vice-Provost and Director of Libraries Damon Jaggars.  Caitlin demonstrated exemplary teaching performance during 2016 through a wide range of involvement with many dimensions of teaching: classroom instruction, gallery tours, curriculum planning with faculty, exhibit preparation linked with pedagogy, and outreach to […]

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Celebrate our 40th Anniversary with us! May 1, 4-7 pm

On May 1, 1977, founding curator Lucy Shelton Caswell began work on the Milton Caniff collection, and the institution that would become The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum was born. Join us for a special celebration exactly 40 years later! Exhibit reception and 40th celebration events from 4-7 pm including Curator’s Tour, food and drink, and […]

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Michael Tisserand presents Krazy: George Herriman, A Life in Black and White, March 28 at 7 pm

In his much-anticipated biography Krazy, Michael Tisserand examines the fascinating role race played in the life and work of Krazy Kat cartoonist George Herriman. FREE presentation for all audiences at the Wex Film/ Video Theater.

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Ryan Holmberg presents “Fukushima Devil Fish: Katsumata Susumu’s Anti-Nuclear Manga” | March 23, 2017 | 4:30pm-5:45pm

Presented by OSU Libraries and the East Asian Studies Center. FREE and open to the public. Ryan Holmberg is a Visiting Lecturer and Postdoctoral Fellow in the Art, Art History, and Visual Studies program at Duke University. As a freelance art historian and critic, he is a frequent contributor to The Comics Journal, Artforum International, […]

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Galleries open March 25 with “Tales from the Vault”

In celebration of BICLM’s 40th anniversary, the galleries open on Saturday, March 25 with our new exhibitions, Tales from the Vault: 40 Years/40 Stories and Founding Collections: 1977-1987. 

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Windows on Death Row Exhibit Program | Saturday, Feb 25, 2017

Join us for an evening of free programming to explore this exhibit with project/exhibit founders, political cartoonist Patrick Chappatte and journalist Anne-Frédérique Widmann, painter Ndume Olatushani, a wrongly convicted former death-row inmate imprisoned for 28 years and Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison. Events include a curators’ tour, catered reception, a multimedia presentation, and Q & […]

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Incarcerated Kids Read!

February 21, 1-2 pm in the Will Eisner Seminar Room (Rm.205)  Incarcerated youth are a special population not often recognized in a positive light, but with education and great literature, all Is not lost. Please join us in a meaningful discussion about the “Great Stories” programming and collaboration between the Scioto Juvenile Correctional Facility and […]

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Representations of Inequality exhibit

The 2016-17 COMPAS Program on Inequality presents, Representations of Inequality. Partnering with the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library, a number of inequality-related cartoons are on display that, despite being many decades old, still speak clearly to the issues of inequality we face today. On view in Bricker Hall throughout January and February.

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Donate to support the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

Your  financial gifts make it possible for us to acquire, catalog and preserve cartoon-related materials; to host educational programming including exhibitions, presentations, and workshops; to create online resources for teachers and researchers; and to make our collection accessible to students, scholars and fans from around the world. Make a Gift to the Cartoon Library and Museum Support […]

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New exhibitions open November 5, 2016 – March 12, 2017

Our new exhibitions are now open!  “What a Hoot! A Mike Peters Retrospective,” “Windows on Death Row,” and “Treasures from the Collections of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum” will be on view Tuesday-Sunday, 1:00-5:00 pm, through March 12, 2017. Please check Hours for upcoming holiday closings.

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Reading Room closings & classes for Autumn 2016

The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum reading room will be closed or have limited seating on the following: *Wednesday, Sept. 7 – CCAD Animation Class from 3:30-5:00 pm *Thursday, Sept. 8 – CCAD Animation Class from 9:00-10:30 am *Friday, Sept. 9 – CCAD Animation Class from 1:30-3:00 pm *Thursday, Sept. 15 – ARTED 1600 […]

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Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) | October 13-16, 2016

On October 13-14, Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC)  will be on the OSU campus to host a two-day scholarly symposium, peer-to-peer “Talk and Teach” presentations, Cartoon Library & Museum exhibitions, reception and tours, a celebration of excellence and diversity in comics at SOL-CON, a presentation on animation with animator and author John Canemaker, and an evening […]

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Manga Collection Open House | October 6 | 4:30-6:00 pm

Come explore the rare treasures of one of the largest university manga collections in the world, right here at OSU! Items on display include early Japanese newspaper comics of the 1920s, original art and sketches, comics related to the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, and more. This event is FREE and open to the public and will […]

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Kristy Arter joins BICLM as new Office Associate

Kristy Arter has joined our staff as BICLM’s Office Associate. She brings many skills to this position and is an avid fan of comics which makes her ideal for her role. Kristy will be welcoming visitors and guests in the office suite and providing support for the curators in the areas of donor relations, acquisitions, and events, as well […]

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The Low-Down on Mo: Mo Willems in Conversation with Hilary Price | August 19 | 7 pm

The Cartoon Library & Museum and the Wexner Center for the Arts are thrilled to host award-winning author and illustrator Mo Willems in conversation with Hilary Price, the creator behind Rhymes With Orange. Mo will be discussing his life, career, and creative process. Parents, educators, and aspiring children’s book authors won’t want to miss this free event at […]

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Good Grief! Children and Comics: A Collection of Companion Essays

This collection of original companion essays is your online introduction to the larger questions and contexts of the groundbreaking new exhibit, Good Grief! Children and Comics, at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum. More information and download the PDF  

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Gene Luen Yang: Asian Americans and Comics | June 10, 2016

7:00 PM Wexner Center Film/Video Theater Award-winning cartoonist Gene Luen Yang will discuss the historical portrayals of Asians and Asian Americans in American comics, commonalities between modern comics and traditional Asian art, prominent Asian American cartoonists, and how being an Asian American has shaped his own work in comics. For more information see Events  

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Opening Reception for New Exhibitions | June 10, 2016

Friday, 5:30-7:00 pm Join us for the opening reception of Good Grief!: Children and Comics and Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream at the Cartoon Library & Museum’s Will Eisner Seminar Room.Enjoy light refreshments and view the exhibits.

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Very Semi-Serious, introduced by Bob Mankoff | March 10

New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff will introduce Leah Wolchok’s documentary film, “Very Semi-Serious” at the Wexner Film/Video Theater, March 10, 2016 at 7 pm. A book signing will precede the event from 6:00-7:00 pm in the Wexner lobby (in front of the book store).

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