Digital Exhibits

A. B. Walker’s World

A.B. Walker's WorldAlanson Burton Walker was a very successful magazine cartoonist working in the early 20th century. His work was in high demand and he drew for all the important magazines of the time where he created gentle, wry cartoons on issues of the day.

Alternate Views: Perspectives on the American Civil War

The Question Settled. DetailThis exhibition, which highlights the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum’s growing collection of 19th century prints, presents both sides of the conflict of the American Civil War. Most of the work represents the views of Union supporters, and only one cartoonist, Adelbert Volck, published works favoring of the Confederate States of America, of which examples of his etchings are included.

Anne Mergen: Editorial Cartoonist

annemergendigitalexhibitthumbnailAnne Mergen’s editorial cartoons chronicle history from the Great Depression through the Cold War. In 1933, she was the only woman editorial cartoonist in the United States, a status that continued until her retirement in 1956. She continued to have cartoons published as late as June 1961.

A Tale of the Jungle Imps

jungleimpsIn early January 2006, a stranger called The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum to say that she had found some old cartoons tucked in a stack of boxes that had been sitting in her family’s business for decades. When it was opened, a treasure appeared.

Drawn on Stone: Political Prints from the 1830s and 1840s

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Although photographs were introduced in 1839, the technology to reproduce them on the printed page did not exist until the end of the century. Instead, images were reproduced by engraving or woodcut, printing processes that were labor intensive and relatively expensive.

Edwina Dumm

edwinadummdigitalexhibitthumbnailFor more than six decades, Edwina Frances Dumm worked as a professional cartoonist. Beginning as a political cartoonist on the staff of the Columbus Daily Monitor, Edwina paved the way as the first woman employed in a full time position as editorial cartoonist.

Hale Scrapbook

halethumbThe Hale Scrapbook (so designated by historian and collector Draper Hill, from whom it was acquired) dates from approximately 1746 to 1830 and includes engravings by the leading artists of Georgian England, letters, newspaper clippings, woodcuts, broadsides, sketches, paintings, and other miscellaneous materials.

Ireland of the Dispatch

irelanddispatchdigitalexhibitthumbnailThis digital exhibition celebrates the creative genius of Columbus’ most famous cartoonist and the generosity of the Elizabeth Ireland Graves Foundation which made possible the renovation of Sullivant Hall for a new home for the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

Light: A Forgotten 19th Century Humor Magazine

lightdigitalexhibitthumbnailLight was by far the most important of lithographic comic weekly to be published outside of New York or San Francisco during the last quarter of the 19th century. It provided the first or early employment to a host of talented cartoonists, illustrators, and at least one writer who would later go on to successful careers.

The Lindsay Scrapbook

LindsayScrapbookthumbThe Lindsay scrapbook contains fifty-two full color chromolithographs – caricatures of London celebrities, politicians, and royalty – that were all executed by the well-known French artist “Faustin” (Faustin Betbeder) and appeared in the London Figaro.

Lyonel Feininger

lyonelLyonel Feininger is best known as a painter and a founder of the famous Bauhaus school of art and architecture; however, he was also a pioneer of the comic strip. Although he is not as well-known for his work in comics, his strips play an important role in the history of comic art.

Milton Caniff: An American Master

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Milton Caniff changed the history of the American comic strip. He was expert in both the artistic and literary aspects of the medium. The education he received at Ohio State University matured into the “every wrinkle must show” graphic style for which he became famous.

Nell Brinkley

nellthumbIn 1907, at the tender age of twenty-two, Nell Brinkley came to New York to draw for the Hearst syndicate. Within a year, she had become a household name. Anyone who loves silent movies can enjoy the Golden Eyes series, a gorgeously drawn page turner.

Ohio Cartoonists

ohiocartoonistsdigitalexhibitthumbnailThe digital version of the exhibition Ohio Cartoonists: A Bicentennial Celebration highlights the accomplishments of six of the state’s most notable late nineteenth and early twentieth century newspaper and magazine cartoonists.

Sam Milai of the Pittsburgh Courier

sammilaidigitalexhibitthumbnailSam Milai was an artist and cartoonist for the Pittsburgh Courier for 33 years. He won the National Newspaper Publisher’s Association Russwurn trophy for the best cartoon 8 times during his career. Milai also created a feature titled Facts about the Negro that celebrated the accomplishments of people of color.

Selected Newspaper Cartoon Artists 1898-1909

selectednewspapercartoonartiststhumbnailIn the late 1890s and early 1900s, cartoons in American newspapers were an evolving art form. Highly talented artists were given generous page space on which to work their experiments in composition and dialogue. Many of these cartoonists were also painters, sculptors, and illustrators.

thomasnastdigitalalbumthumbnailThomas Nast was a celebrity. This digital album is an informational site dedicated to Thomas Nast which contains a biography, timeline, cartoon portfolio, bibliography, and a teacher’s guide.

Yellow Kid

yellowkiddigitalalbumthumbnailRichard Felton Outcault (1863-1928) created Hogan’s Alley, which is considered the first commercially successful newspaper comic strip. It featured Mickey Dugan, better known as the Yellow Kid.