Past Events

  • Save the Date! Exhibition Reception and 40th Anniversary Celebration | May 1, 2017 Save the Date! Exhibition Reception and 40th Anniversary Celebration | May 1, 2017 May 1, 2017

    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!

    This is an excellent chance to explore our two new exhibits, TALES FROM THE VAULT: 40 YEARS/40 STORIES and FOUNDING COLLECTIONS: 1977-1987!

    Catered reception and cash bar ♦  Games and activities ♦ Raffle to support the new Lucy Shelton Caswell Research Award ♦  Photo opportunities ♦ Behind-the-scenes archive tours ♦ A curators’ tour at 5 pm with Jenny Robb, Caitlin McGurk, and Lucy Caswell ♦ Cake!

    This FREE event is made possible through generous support from Eileen & Lynn Theis. We hope you will celebrate with us on May 1st!


  • Tom Spurgeon | We Told You So: Comics as Art Tom Spurgeon | We Told You So: Comics as Art April 11, 2017

    It’s hard to imagine the field of comics being as diverse and vibrant as it is today without publisher Fantagraphics Books. Founded in 1976 by Gary Groth and Mike Catron (joined by the late Kim Thompson in 1977), Fantagraphics began by publishing the collector’s magazine Amazing Heroes before beginning to publish comics in 1979. During its existence, the company has published and championed such alternative comics greats as Dan Clowes, the Hernandez Brothers, Jessica Abel, and Charles Burns, along with reprints of classic comics and the influential The Comics Journal. In We Told You So: Comics as Art, comics historian and critic Tom Spurgeon (along with co-author Michael Dean) provide an oral history of the influential company, exploring not only the business side of the operation but the broader movement and acceptance of comics as an art form during the past 40 years. Those interviewed include a “Who’s Who” of American comics including Art Spiegelman, Stan Lee, Frank Miller, Dave Sim, Jim Shooter and more.

  • Michael Tisserand | Krazy: George Herriman, A Life in Black and White Michael Tisserand | Krazy: George Herriman, A Life in Black and White March 28, 2017

    In print from 1913 – 1944, George Herriman’s Krazy Kat newspaper strip is among the most celebrated and revered in comics history. Although not terribly popular with the general public, Herriman’s blend of visual poetry and surrealistic settings inspired an animated series, a ballet, and made it a favorite among intellectuals around the world (as well as publisher William Randolph Hearst who liked it so much he supported Herriman and the strip until the artist died.)

    Herriman was born in New Orleans in 1880 to mixed race parents. Though his birth certificate said “Colored”, Herriman lived his life as a white man. In his much anticipated biography, Krazy, Michael Tisserand examines the role race played in Herriman’s life and the fascinating and subtle ways that questions of race were addressed in his work.

  • Superheroes en Vogue Superheroes en Vogue March 8, 2017

    Mural Project led by Amana Harris

    Visual artist Amana Harris and Comic Artists Michael Watson and Victor Dandridge come together at the intersection of independent artistry, media industry, education and activism for an engaging presentation and discussion on issues of social justice and diversity in the graphics industry and in our society.  Curated by Christopher Jeansonne, Artists will discuss some of there many powerful works and will have items for sale at the event. Food provided. Attendance is free and open to the public.  RSVP here

  • Windows on Death Row exhibit program Windows on Death Row exhibit program February 25, 2017

     Join us for an evening of programming to explore Windows On Death Row: Art from Inside and Outside the Prison Walls, with project and exhibit founders, political cartoonist Patrick Chappatte and journalist Anne-Frédérique Widmann, with special guest Ndume Olatushani, a painter and former death-row inmate  who was wrongly convicted and imprisoned for 28 years. Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, will also be joining them to give opening remarks. 

    All events and gallery entry are FREE and open to the public.

    4:00 pm               Curators’ Tour of Windows On Death Row, museum galleries

    5:00-6:30 pm     Catered reception, Will Eisner Seminar Room

    6:30-8:00 pm     Multimedia presentation,  Jean and Charles Schulz Lecture Hall

    An audience Q & A will follow the presentation.

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