Current Exhibits

  • Treasures from the Collections of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Treasures from the Collections of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum June 4, 2016 - October 23, 2016

    Closed Mondays, during exhibit installations, and holidays. Before your visit, see Hours for all closings.

    This permanent exhibit features a selection of exceptional artwork and artifacts highlighting the breadth and depth of our collections.

  • Good Grief! Children and Comics Good Grief! Children and Comics June 4, 2016 - October 23, 2016

    Nancy (detail) by Ernie Bushmiller

    Young people have a long, rich, and complicated history with comics in the United States. Many of the most beloved comic strip characters have been children. Similarly, boys and girls have also constituted one of the primary readerships of, as well as target audiences for, this artistic form. Comics and children just go together, like Nancy and Sluggo, Archie and Jughead, or Calvin and Hobbes.

    Good Grief! Children and Comics examines the history, role and tensions of child characters in comic strips and comic books.

  • Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream June 4, 2016 - October 23, 2016

    [Little Nemo tribute] by  Yuko Shimizu

    Winsor McCay (1867 – 1934) was one of the most significant American artists of the 20th century, known best for his groundbreaking newspaper comics and early animated films. Much of his most beloved work appeared in Little Nemo in Slumberland, a full-page comic that ran every Sunday from 1905 to 1926. It was on these pages that McCay expanded the world of visual narrative: his stunning sequences, expressed through vivid illustrations and inventive panel compositions, became a cornerstone of modern comics.

    In 2014, Locust Moon published Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream, a huge, full-color anthology featuring work by 100 comic artists and illustrators. Each of these artists was asked to create a new version of McCay’s famous strip, resulting in a rich and diverse collection of homages to a remarkable man.