Past Events

  • An Evening with Tony Millionaire An Evening with Tony Millionaire September 4, 2014

    image © Tony Millionaire

    Please join us Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 7:00 PM as Mr. Tony Millionaire graces the stage at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum’s Jean and Charles Schulz Lecture Hall (room 220,2nd floor) for a conversation with Caitlin McGurk about his eccentric life and cartooning legacy. There will also be a book signing following his presentation. This event is free and open to the public.

    Tony Millionaire is the mad genius behind the long-running and frequently mispronounced syndicated comic strip Maakies, which began in 1994 in the New York Press. He is also the creator of a long list of all-ages graphic novels, including Billy Hazelnuts and the Sock Monkey series, which revolves around the beloved character Uncle Gabby and his adventures in an old seaside Victorian house with his stuffed compatriot Mr. Crow. Millionaire also created the Cartoon Network animated Adult Swim series, “The Drinky Crow Show,” based off his Maakies comic strips. Combining all of the mystery and beauty of the work of Johnny Gruelle (Raggedy Ann and Andy) with the macabre style of the 19th century penny dreadfuls, Millionaire has produced a prolific body of work that is as grotesque at times as it is poignant and romantic.

    Tony Millionaire’s appearance is made possible by the generous help of the 2014 Cincinnati ComicCon, Northern Kentucky Convention Center, September 5-7, 2014.

  • Curator's Talk and Nate Powell Book Signing Curator's Talk and Nate Powell Book Signing August 16, 2014

    Join  Professor Jared Gardner and Caitlin McGurk for a free curator’s program on Saturday, August 16 at 2:00 PM in the museum galleries, opening day of our new exhibits, Will Eisner:  75 Years of Graphic Storytelling and The Long March:  Civil Rights in Cartoons and Comics.  Following the talks, Nate Powell, graphic novelist and illustrator of March, will  hold a book signing  in the main lobby from 3:00-5:00 PM. In 2013 Top Shelf Productions published March, Congressman John Lewis’s graphic memoir, a New York Times Bestseller co-written by Andrew Aydin, and illustrated by Nate Powell, about his experiences as a leader and activist in the movement.  

    This event is free and open to the public.

  • Handlettering and Typography 4 Comics! Handlettering and Typography 4 Comics! August 12, 2014

    Cartoonist and Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Professor David Allan Duncan presents the process of hand-lettering comics. Sick of ugly digital lettering or cruddy handwriting? Good hand-lettering is a sign of professionalism – ask any comics editor. Explore comics lettering techniques and materials in this hands-on workshop. Learn simple tips and tricks for dialog balloons, inflection, sound effects, display lettering, and incorporating typography into your comics.

    Materials provided. This workshop is intended for ages 16 and up. Supervised by BICLM staff members Caitlin McGurk and Marilyn Scott.

    Seating is limited. To sign up, contact Caitlin McGurk at mcgurk.17@osu.edu
    Questions? Call 614-292-1134.

    BIO: David Allan Duncan (who goes by Duncan) has been teaching drawing, sequential art, and comics history since 2003. He began his teaching career at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He now serves as a full-time professor of sequential art at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). He is from Alabama but lives in Savannah, GA with his lovely bride Kristie and their son Oliver. He can be found at conventions and conferences around the country doing comics workshops, giving academic papers, and hocking his mini-comics. (www.gobnobble.com)

  • How to Make Mini-Comics:  A Little Fun How to Make Mini-Comics: A Little Fun August 3, 2014

    Cartoonist and Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Professor David Allan Duncan leads students through the process of drawing, producing, and distributing mini-comics. Learn about the planning, storytelling, and drawing that goes into making a mini-comic. Create a mini-comic and a sketchbook during the workshop. Come join the fun!

    Materials provided. Youth ages 8 and up welcome. Supervised by BICLM staff members Caitlin McGurk and Marilyn Scott.

    BONUS:  This workshop is being held on the closing day of our current exhibits, Exploring Calvin and Hobbes and The Irresistible Force Meets the Immovable Object:  A Richard Thompson Retrospective. Feel free to drop your kids off for the workshop while you explore the galleries!

    Seating is limited. To sign up, contact Caitlin McGurk at mcgurk.17@osu.edu
    Questions? Call 614-292-1134

    BIO: David Allan Duncan (who goes by Duncan) has been teaching drawing, sequential art, and comics history since 2003. He began his teaching career at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He now serves as a full-time professor of sequential art at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). He is from Alabama but lives in Savannah, GA with his lovely bride Kristie and their son Oliver. He can be found at conventions and conferences around the country doing comics workshops, giving academic papers, and hocking his mini-comics. (www.gobnobble.com)

  • Curator's Talks:  Jenny Robb and Jared Gardner Curator's Talks: Jenny Robb and Jared Gardner June 19, 2014

    Image: Daniel Clowes, Exhibition poster, 1999

    Dive deeper into the world of Daniel Clowes through these curator-led gallery talks of the exhibitions Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes and Eye of the Cartoonist: Daniel Clowes’s Selections from Comics History, on view at the Wexner Center for the Arts from May 17 – August 3, 2014.

    On June 19, Jenny Robb, Curator of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, and Jared Gardner, Director of Ohio State’s Popular Culture Studies program, discuss the exhibitions. Please meet at the gallery entrance.

    Jenny Robb is curator and associate professor of Ohio State’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, the largest academic research institution dedicated to cartoons and comics. Before coming to Ohio State in 2005, she served as curator of the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco for 5 years. Robb holds master’s degrees in history and museum studies from Syracuse University. She is the author of several comics-related articles including “Bill Blackbeard: the Collector Who Rescued the Comics” in the Journal of American Culture and “From the Periodical Archives: Winsor McCay, George Randolph Chester, and the Tale of the Jungle Imps,” published in American Periodicals: A Journal of History, Criticism, & Bibliography. She has also curated numerous cartoon and comics exhibitions.

    Jared Gardner is professor in Ohio State’s Department of English and Film Studies Program, where his classes include History of Comics, Comics and Time, and Film and Graphic Narrative. He is the author of Master Plots: Race and the Founding of an American Literature, 1787–1845 (Johns Hopkins UP, 1998);Projections: Comics and the History of 21st-century Storytelling (Stanford UP, 2011); and The Rise and Fall of Early American Magazine Culture (Illinois UP, 2012). Other writings can be found at jaredgardner.org. Gardner also serves as director of Ohio State’s Popular Culture Studies.

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