Current Exhibits

  • The Long March: Civil Rights in Cartoons and Comics The Long March: Civil Rights in Cartoons and Comics 08/16/2014 - 11/30/2014

    Image: Karl Hubenthal. In the March, March 26, 1965. Karl Hubenthal Collection.

    In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum will present The Long March: Civil Rights in Cartoons and Comics from August 16 – November 30, 2014. The exhibit presents the story of the Civil Rights Movement and its impact through original editorial cartoons, comic strips, and comic books drawn from the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum’s collections. It will also include artwork drawn by Nate Powell, for March, Congressman John Lewis’s graphic memoir, a New York Times Bestseller co-written by Andrew Aydin, about his experiences as a leader and activist in the movement. The exhibit explores the tensions, struggles, and victories from multiple perspectives, including mainstream daily newspapers and the black press.

    Curated by Jenny Robb and Jared Gardner

    This exhibition is organized in conjunction with Remembering the Act: Archival Reflections on Civil Rights in 1964, an exhibition on display at the Thompson Library Gallery from September 15, 2014 – January 4, 2015.

    50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act , Program Offerings

  • Will Eisner:  75 Years of Graphic Storytelling Will Eisner: 75 Years of Graphic Storytelling 08/16/2014 - 11/30/2014

    Image:  Will Eisner, “The Spirit”, October 9, 1949, Spirit Weekly page 1. Will Eisner Collection, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. THE SPIRIT and WILL EISNER are Registered Trademarks of Will Eisner Studios, Inc. Reprinted with permission.

    It is nearly impossible to discuss the history of American comics without mentioning the name Will Eisner. On August 16, the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum will open a new exhibit entitled Will Eisner: 75 Years of Graphic Storytelling, highlighting works from the library’s holdings. The show will feature original art from some of Eisner’s greatest works including The Spirit, Contract With God, Dropsie Avenue, Last Day in Vietnam, and The Plot, as well as rarely-seen selections from his student days, his early work as a commercial artist, and his comics for the military. As a key figure in the birth of the comics industry in the 1930s and the rise of the graphic novel in the 1980s, Eisner influenced—directly and indirectly—everyone involved with graphic storytelling, as an artist, an editor, an entrepreneur and an educator. This exhibit explores the range of Eisner’s work spanning nearly eight decades and documents his impact on the development of comics over the past century.

    Curated by Caitlin McGurk and Jared Gardner.

  • Treasures from the Collections of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Treasures from the Collections of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum 11/15/2013 - 12/31/2024

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