FAQ

Has the library been known by other names in the past?

The library has had several former names:

Milton Caniff Reading Room, 1977
Library for Communication and Graphic Arts
Cartoon, Graphic, and Photographic Arts Research Library
Cartoon Research Library, 1989
Cartoon Library and Museum, July 2009
Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, September 2009

Do I need an appointment to visit your reading room?

Making an appointment in advance is highly recommended, especially if you will be requesting more than one or two items. If you make an advance appointment, we will be able to pull the materials ahead of time and have them waiting for you when you arrive. This will save you time and will help us serve you better. Appointments are mandatory during school breaks and holidays. Visit Us for information on the library’s hours.

May I photograph the exhibitions or cartoons from the collections?

No photography – including videotaping – is permitted in our reading room without permission. Contact the library or ask a staff member about the reproduction of materials.

How do I arrange a class visit or library tour?

We require a minimum of one month in advance to arrange a class visit or library tour. Contact us at cartoons@osu.edu and include the name of the requesting institution, reason for the class visit or tour, and the number of guests. If you are interested in viewing specific materials, use our Search Tools to locate the object title, creator, and finding number or consult with a library staff member.

Can you tell me the value of the original artwork, comic book or other cartoon item I own?

Library staff are prohibited from giving appraisals or estimates of monetary value for cartoon materials. See Appraisals for policies and a list of appraisers. If you do not want a formal appraisal, here is a list of price guides and books on collectibles that you might find helpful:

Jerry Weist, The Comic Art Price Guide: Second Edition (2000)
Jeff Ellinport, Collecting Original Comic Strip Art (1999)
Alex G. Malloy et. al., Comics Values Annual: The Comic Book Price Guide (published annually)
Robert M. Overstreet, The Official Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide (published annually)
Comics Buyer’s Guide, Comic Book Checklist and Price Guide (published annually)
Jay Kennedy, The Official Underground and Newave Comix Price Guide (1982)
Andrea Podley and Derrick Ban, Peanuts Collectibles: Identification and Value Guide (1999)
Freddi Margolin, Peanuts: The Home Collection: A Collector’s Guide to Identification and Value (1999)
Judith Miller, Collectibles Price Guide 2005 (2004)
Ted Hake, The Official Hake’s Price Guide to Character Toys, Edition #5 (2004)
David Longest, Cartoon Toys & Collectibles Identification and Value Guide: Identification and Value Guide (1998)
Jameson Scott and Jim Rash, Cartoon Figural Toys (1999)

You can also search online auction sites for the sale of similar items to get a general idea of your item’s value.

Do you have a copy machine that I can use?

Our copy machine is accessible to staff only. You can order photocopies of our materials for $.25 per page. The number of pages will determine how quickly we will be able to fill your order. Some materials may be too large or too fragile for photocopying. If that’s the case, digital scanning may be an option.

What is the longest-running comic strip?

As of 2008, the longest-running current comic strips were:
Katzenjammer Kids 1897-Present
Gasoline Alley 1918-Present
Barney Google and Snuffy Smith 1919-Present
Thimble Theater/Popeye 1919-Present (Popeye did not appear until 1929)
Little Orphan Annie 1924-Present
They’ll Do It Every Time 1929-2008
Blondie 1930-Present/td>
Dick Tracy 1931-Present
Mandrake the Magician 1934-Present
Flash Gordon 1934-Present

How do I find _________?

Refer to our How Do I Find Guide to learn how to search for books, comic books, journals, magazines and more.

Where is the International Mueum of Cartoon Art?

The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum acquired the collection of the International Museum of Cartoon Art in the summer of 2008. Read the press release for more information on this extensive collection of original cartoons.

How do I preserve my original cartoons?

Visit our Preserving Cartoon Art page to learn more about various aspects of preserving cartoons.

Why do there seem to be so many cartoonists from Ohio?

There is no definitive answer to this. It may be a combination of the political importance of the state, its history of strong newspapers, and its Midwestern sensibilities. The list of Ohio Cartoonists who were born, educated or worked here is indeed impressive. Further information on these cartoonists is available in the biographical files housed at Cartoon Library & Museum.

Where can I find information about becoming a syndicated cartoonist?

A good place to start is by visiting syndicate web sites for submission guidelines. Here are a few sample web pages:

Universal Press Syndicate: http://www.amuniversal.com/ups/submissions.htm King Features Syndicate: http://www.kingfeatures.com/subg_comic.htm Creators Syndicate: http://www.creators.com/submissions.html
United Features: http://www.unitedfeatures.com/?title=Help%20and%20FAQs

Also, the National Cartoonist Society offers a some pointers here: http://www.reuben.org/howto.html.