Past Events

  • Multicultural Comics: A Panel Discussion Multicultural Comics: A Panel Discussion April 14, 2013

    Wexner Center for the Arts
    April 14, 2013

    Join a panel of Ohio State scholars this discussion of issues related to race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality within and outside the U.S. comic book industry.

    The panel is inspired by the recent book Multicultural Comics: From Zap to Blue Beetle, edited by Frederick Luis Aldama, Arts and Humanities Distinguised Professor of English at Ohio State.

    Cosponsored by Ohio State’s Latino and Latin American Studies Space for Enrichment and Research (L.A.S.E.R.), Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, Humanities Institute, and Popular Culture Studies.

  • Open House at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Open House at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum April 12, 2013

    The Reading Room Gallery
    April 12, 2013

    The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum will be opening up its doors to the public from 5-7pm on Friday, April 12th for a free open-house event to coincide with the 2013 Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo (SPACE). Enjoy the Reading Room Gallery exhibition, A. B. Walker’s World, along with behind-the-scenes tours of the library stacks and a display of treasures from the collection, including original Bone art by Jeff Smith, original Little Nemo in Slumberland art by Winsor McCay, original Calvin and Hobbes art by Bill Watterson, and original art by P. Craig Russell, acclaimed illustrator of The Sandman, Hellboy and Coraline.

  • The Intergalactic Nemesis, Book One: Target Earth The Intergalactic Nemesis, Book One: Target Earth October 12, 2012

    Mershon Auditorium
    October 12, 2012

    A Live-Action Graphic Novel
    For ages 7 and up

    Are you ready for an adventure? This one-of-a-kind theater spectacle mashes up radio drama and comic books. Three actors voicing dozens of characters, bunches of sound effects, and more than 1,000 colorful, hand-drawn images projected on a gigantic screen tell the story of reporter Molly Sloan, her intrepid assistant Timmy Mendez, and a mysterious librarian named Ben Wilcott as they face the planet Earth’s impending invasion by sludge monsters from the planet Zygon. Set in the year 1933, this lively sci-fi comedy captures the vibrant action of early comic books and radio broadcasting, while utilizing modern-day technology to bring the story to life.

    Featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and TBS’s Conan (with a guest performance by Conan O’Brien himself,) Intergalactic Nemesis promises to engage comics fans of all ages with its signature blend of radio drama and uproariously fun storytelling. Combining punchy visuals with equally exciting acting and sound technology, the performance pays homage to a rich storytelling tradition, while standing on its own as a hilariously self-aware contemporary stage adventure. Creator Jason Neulander also likens the show to such adventure classics as Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

    For information on purchasing tickets, click on the link above to the Wex.

    Cosponsored by the Wexner Center for the Arts, Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, and The Ohio State University Libraries.

  • Artist's Talk: Aidan Koch Artist's Talk: Aidan Koch June 26, 2012 - September 27, 2012

    Wexner Center for the Arts
    June 26, 2012 – September 27, 2012

    Portland cartoonist and illustrator Aidan Koch (Secret Prison, The Whale) discusses her work and the interrelation and the incongruence of working in the worlds of comics and fine art.

    Koch is in residence at Skylab Gallery during the month of June. Joining her in conversation are Caitlin McGurk, visiting curator at the Ohio State’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, and Skylab curator James Payne. Visit for more information about Koch’s residency.

    This event is FREE and open to the public.

    Cosponsored by the Wexner Center for the Arts and the Billy Ieland Cartoon Library & Museum.

  • Remembering Ding Remembering Ding May 17, 2012

    The Reading Room Gallery
    May 17, 2012

    7 p.m. Exhibit reception and book signing

    7:30 p.m. These are a Few of My Favorite Dings, lecture by Richard Samuel West

    Jay N. “Ding” Darling was regarded by many as America’s greatest political cartoonist during the first half of the twentieth century.  A two-time Pulitzer winner, Ding repeatedly topped popularity polls throughout the Twenties and Thirties.  He also was an influential conservationist and a founder of the National Wildlife Federation.  The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island, Florida, is named in his honor.  Richard Samuel West, author of Iconoclast in Ink: The Political Cartoons of Jay N. “Ding” Darling (which will be available for the first time at this event), will share some of his favorite Ding cartoons and discuss the qualities in Ding’s work that made it so extraordinary. Iconoclast in Ink is a profusely illustrated volume celebrating Ding’s life and work published by The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum.

    Remembering Ding commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of Ding’s death and features several of his best-known cartoons.

    The exhibit and opening reception are free and open to the public.

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