Current Exhibits

  • Treasures from the Collections of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Treasures from the Collections of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum 03/28/2015 - 07/05/2015

    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.


  • World of Shojo Manga! Mirrors of Girls' Desires World of Shojo Manga! Mirrors of Girls' Desires 03/28/2015 - 07/05/2015

    Image:  Matsumoto, Akira (Reiji). Aoi Hanabira (Blue Petals) (Tokyo: Showa Manga Shuppansha, 1958).

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    The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum will celebrate women’s history month and its international holdings with the opening of World of Shojo Manga! Mirrors of Girls’ Desires, a traveling exhibit curated by Masami Toku, Dept. of Art and Art History, CSU-Chico.

    Many different kinds of manga have been published for different ages, genders, and fans’ favorite themes since the 1970s. One of the major characteristics of Japanese manga is that it has split into boy’s (shonen) and girl’s (shojo) manga, each developing in its own way. Based on readers’ expectations, each boy’s and girl’s manga has its own theme. Regardless of the subject, the main theme in boy’s manga is competitive fighting, and how the heroes become men by protecting women, family, country, or the earth from enemies, while the theme of girl’s manga is simply love. Within this context, the topics in shojo manga have changed in response to girls’ expectations and have developed into diverse subjects over the last 70 years since World War I. This exhibition will focus on discussing the specific phenomenon of women’s changing roles and expectations in Japan.

    The exhibit features artwork by twelve artists, including female mangaka Masako Watanabe, Miyako Maki, Machiko Santonaka, and Moto Hagio. Original and reproduced shojo manga will be displayed along with books, magazines, and other related materials (e.g. figures, toys) in their context to help audiences understand the power of visual pop culture as the influences appear often in mass media, including TV animation and toy products.

    Masami Toku is a professor in the Department of Art and Art History, CSU, Chico where she teaches courses in art education, multicultural perspectives of art appreciation, and works internationally as an educator, publisher, researcher, and speaker. Professor Toku  created this touring exhibition to explore the role of visual pop culture that impacts U.S. society through the phenomenon of manga in Japan and introduce manga’s value and contribution to visual culture and society with a special emphasis on shojo manga.

    This exhibit will be part of a continuing celebration of manga throughout Spring semester, including two symposiums: Classic Manga and Development & Globalization of Manga.

    Join us on Saturday, April 4th from 5:00-7:00 pm for the opening reception of World of Shojo Manga! Mirrors of Girls Desires in the Eisner Seminar Room (205). Cosplayers are welcome and encouraged!

    A color exhibition catalogue for World of Shojo Manga! Mirrors of Girls’ Desires (2013 – 2015) includes information of the characteristics of shojo manga (girls’ comics in Japan) and also 12 artists’ profiles, artworks and interviews. Published in 2013, the catalogue is available online.

  • Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women 03/28/2015 - 07/05/2015

    Image: Miss Lasko-Gross, Self-Portrait, July 30, 2010.

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

    Graphic Details is a groundbreaking touring exhibition providing the first in-depth look at a unique and prolific niche of graphic storytelling – Jewish women’s autobiographical comics. While the influential role of Jews in cartooning has long been acknowledged, the role of Jewish women in shaping the medium is largely unexplored. This exhibition of original drawings, full comic books and graphic novels, presents the powerful work of eighteen U.S., Canadian, and International artists whose intimate, confessional work has influenced the world of comics over the last four decades, creating an entirely new genre.  Spotlighting the raw, revealing voices of Jewish women and their singular presence in graphic storytelling, the exhibition illuminates the intersection of experiences that make these diaristic comics so compelling. By turns funny, outrageous, poignant and embarrassingly intimate, the works in Graphic Details reflect the artists’ individual journeys, refracted through a distinctively Jewish lens in a pop culture art form.

    Many of the original artworks on display have never been exhibited in public until now. Artists run the gamut from pioneering Wimmen’s Comix and Twisted Sisters artists of the 1970s and 1980s to the superstars of the new generation. Participating artists include: Vanessa Davis, Bernice Eisenstein, Sarah Glidden, Miriam Katin, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Miss Lasko-Gross, Sarah Lazarovic, Miriam Libicki, Sarah Lightman, Diane Noomin, Corinne Pearlman, Trina Robbins, Racheli Rotner, Sharon Rudahl, Lauri Sandell, Ariel Schrag, Lauren Weinstein, and Ilana Zeffren. This iteration of the exhibit also includes selections from The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum collection.

    Curated by Sarah Lightman and Michael Kaminer. Traveling exhibition conceived by Zachary Paul Levine and Yeshiva University Museum.

    Sarah Lightman is a leading voice in the field of autobiographical comics. She is an internationally exhibiting artist, curator and author of numerous academic articles and editor of the first book on Jewish women and comics: Graphic Details: Jewish Women’s Autobiographical Comics in Essays and Interviews (McFarland 2014). She is a director of Laydeez do Comics and is working on her graphic novel The Book of Sarah which will be published by Myriad Editions.

    Michael Kaminer is a New York-based writer who collects original cartoon art. His story for the Forward on autobiographical comics by Jewish women became the inspiration for Graphic Details. Michael is the restaurant critic for the New York Daily News, and contributes to The New York Times, The Washington Post, the New York Observer, and other media.

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    Join us for an opening program and reception on Sunday, April 19 featuring Sarah Glidden, Miriam Katin, Sarah Lightman, and Trina Robbins beginning at 1:30 pm. This event is free and open to the public.