Past Events

  • Remembering Ding Exhibit Reception and Lecture by Richard Samuel West Remembering Ding Exhibit Reception and Lecture by Richard Samuel West May 17, 2012 - May 18, 2012

    The Reading Room Gallery
    May 17, 2012 – May 18, 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.

  • Art Spiegelman Art Spiegelman October 17, 2010

    Mershon Auditorium
    October 17, 2010

    Wexner Center Residency Award Artist

    One of the world’s most influential and acclaimed cartoon artists, Art Spiegelman is also one of the 2010–11 Wexner Center Residency Award recipients in media arts.

    In this special presentation, he’ll discuss his past career and future projects. Spiegelman, along with figures such as Robert Crumb and Bill Griffith, was one of the key artists of the American underground comics movement in the 1960s and 1970s. Maus: A Survivor’s Tale (1986, 1991), Spiegelman’s best-known project, reimagines his father’s memories of the Holocaust as a story of cats and mice and is widely regarded as one of the most important graphic novels of all-time. A tireless advocate for cartoon art, he is a coeditor along with Françoise Mouly, his wife, of the series Little Lit (2000–2003) and The Toon Treasury of Classic Children’s Comics (2009). He also created the graphic memoir In the Shadow of No Towers(2004), along with numerous other works.

    Copresented by Ohio State’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, this event is part of the 2010 Festival of Cartoon Art. Click here for more information.

    This event is free for 2010 Festival of Cartoon Art registrants.  Public ticket sales begin September 7:

  • An Evening With Matt Groening An Evening With Matt Groening October 16, 2010

    Mershon Auditorium
    October 16, 2010

    Creator of The SimpsonsFuturama, and Life in Hell, Matt Groening is leaving an indelible mark on the popular culture of the United States and many other corners of the world.

    This evening he’ll discuss his career in comics and television with Tom Gammill, an acclaimed writer/producer/cartoonist, who has written for such programs as SeinfeldLate Night with David Letterman, and The Simpsons. This conversation with Groening complements the talk by Art Spiegelman, the 2010–11 Wexner Residency Award artist in media arts, held the following afternoon.

    Copresented by Ohio State’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, this event is part of the 2010 Festival of Cartoon Art. Click here for more information.

  • 2010 Festival of Cartoon Art 2010 Festival of Cartoon Art October 14, 2010 - October 17, 2010

    Wexner Center for the Arts
    October 14, 2010 – October 17, 2010

    The Festival of Cartoon Art, held triennially since 1983, features two days of lectures, panel discussions, exhibitions, receptions and other special events. It attracts an international audience including cartoonists, comics scholars, fans, collectors and students. Registration is capped at 275 participants in order to assure that all attendees have a quality experience at this unique conference. The Festival is a place where cartoon enthusiasts and creators come together, exchange ideas, and share their passion for comics and cartoons.

    The 2010 Festival of Cartoon Art takes place October 14-17. Online registration, along with a complete schedule of all Festival events, is available at the 2010 Festival website:

  • First-Day-of-Issue Ceremony for the Sunday Funnies Commemorative Stamps First-Day-of-Issue Ceremony for the Sunday Funnies Commemorative Stamps July 16, 2010

    Performance Hall at the Ohio Union
    July 16, 2010

    The United States Postal Service and the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum cordially invite you to attend the First -Day-of-Issue Ceremony for the Sunday Funnies Commemorative Stamps at The Ohio State University. The Sunday Funnies pane of 20 stamps honors five of our most beloved comic strips: Archie, Beetle Bailey, Dennis the Menace, Garfield, and Calvin and Hobbes.

    The day‘s program includes remarks by:

    • David Failor, Executive Director, Stamp Services, for the U.S. Postal Service
    • Joseph Alutto, OSU Provost
    • Libraries Director Carol Diedrichs

    Honorees attending are:

    • Archie Comics: Nancy Silberkleit, Co-CEO and Craig Boldman, cartoonist
    • Beetle Bailey: Mort Walker, Greg Walker, cartoonists
    • Calvin & Hobbes: Lee Salem, President and Editor, Universal Uclick
    • Dennis the Menace: Marcus Hamilton, Ron Ferdinand, Scott Ketcham, cartoonists
    • Garfield: Jim Davis, cartoonist.

    The strips, as well as the characters, may have changed over the years, yet each nevertheless remains an enduring classic.

    Offering an idealized portrait of American adolescence, Archie existed only in comic book form before debuting in newspapers in 1946. A typical small-town teenager with a knack for goofing things up, 17-year-old Archie Andrews is often torn between haughty brunette Veronica Lodge and sweet, blonde Betty Cooper.

    A military strip with universal appeal, Beetle Bailey first appeared in September 1950. Possibly the laziest man in the army, Private Beetle Bailey is an expert at sleeping and avoiding work. His chronic indolence antagonizes Sargeant Orville P. Snorkel, who is tough on his men but calls them “my boys.”

    Dennis the Menace follows the antics of Dennis Mitchell, a good-hearted but mischievous little boy who is perpetually “five-ana-half” years old. His curiosity tests the patience of his loving parents and neighbors, guaranteeing that their lives are anything but dull. The comic debuted in March 1951 as a single-panel gag.

    Garfield first waddled onto the comic pages in June 1978. Self-centered and cynical, the crabby tabby hates Mondays and loves lasagna. He lives with John Arbuckle, a bumbling bachelor with a fatally flawed fashion sense, and Odie, a dopey-but-devoted dog.

    Calvin and Hobbes explores the fantasy life of six-year-old Calvin and his tiger pal, Hobbes. The inseparable friends ponder the mysteries of the world and test the fortitude of Calvin’s parents who never know where their son’s imagination will take him. The strip ran from November 1985 to December 1995.

    Image credits:
    Archie characters TM & © 2009 Archie Comic Publications, Inc. Dennis the Menace ©2010 Hank Ketchum Enterprises, Inc. Beetle Bailey ©2010 King Features Syndicate, Inc. Garfield ©Paws. All Rights Reserved. Calvin and Hobbes ©2010 Universal Press Syndicate.

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