Current Events

  • March: An Evening with Congressman John Lewis, Nate Powell, and Andrew Aydin March: An Evening with Congressman John Lewis, Nate Powell, and Andrew Aydin 11/15/2014

    Join in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act with An Evening with U.S. Congressman John Lewis, Nate Powell, and Andrew Aydin, a discussion of the Civil Rights Movement and the experience of telling Congressman Lewis’s story in the graphic memoir March. Selections from March: Book One and Book Two are on display in the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum’s  exhibit The Long March: Civil Rights in Cartoons and Comics currently on view until November 30, 2014.

    The award winning a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock will enhance the program with music that addresses critical issues of democracy, freedom, racism, and economic and
    social justice.

    This event takes place at the Archie M. Griffin East Ballroom in the Ohio Union. Free and open to the public. Open seating, no tickets required. Nearby parking available in the Ohio Union South Garage, Arps Garage and the South Campus Gateway Garage.

    Book signing to follow the event. Books will be available for purchase.

    Co-sponsored by the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum; Office of Diversity and Inclusion; College of Arts and Sciences; The Ohio State University Libraries; The Lawrence and Isabel Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise; The Office of Student Life  and Student Life Multicultural Center; U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of Ohio; Wexner Center for the Arts; Wexner Medical Center; Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity; Department of African American and African Studies; and the Moritz College of Law.

  • Will Eisner: Life and Legacy|Presentation by Cartoonist Jeff Smith Will Eisner: Life and Legacy|Presentation by Cartoonist Jeff Smith 10/30/2014

    Image: Will Eisner Collection, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. THE SPIRIT and WILL EISNER are Registered Trademarks of Will Eisner Studios, Inc. Reprinted with permission.

    Exhibit Reception from 6:00-7:30 pm | Lecture at 7:30 pm

    In celebration of the current exhibition, Will Eisner: 75 Years of Graphic Storytelling, the public is invited to a free presentation by Columbus cartoonist Jeff Smith, creator of the bestselling graphic novel Bone and friend of Will Eisner, on October 30 at 7:30 pm. Smith will discuss the legacy and impact of Will Eisner’s life and career. Prior to the talk, there will be an exhibition reception from 6:00-7:30 pm where you can view the current exhibits and enjoy light refreshments. The talk takes place in the Jean and Charles Schulz Lecture Hall (room 220) on the second floor.

  • Rare Manga Collection Open House | October 27, 2014 Rare Manga Collection Open House | October 27, 2014 10/27/2014

    Come explore the rare treasures of one of the largest university manga collections in the world, right here at OSU! The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum holds over 20,000 manga materials spanning its history, genres, and formats. This event is a special opportunity to view these works up-close with specialists on hand to provide the context.

    Items on display will include early Japanese newspaper comics of the 1920s (Jiji manga), original art by Osamu Tezuka, Sugoroku (Japanese board games), original sketches by Sugamo Prison inmates, contemporary mangaka portfolios, and more.

    From 5:00-5:30 pm there will be a brief presentation on the history of the collection and how to access it for classes or your own pleasure from the Cartoon library & Museum’s reading room.

    This event is free and open to the public and takes place in the Will Eisner Seminar Room (room 205).