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Drew Friedman in conversation with C.F. Payne | November 16

Don’t forget to join us this Saturday for this special event featuring an artist-led gallery tour, presentation, book signing and refreshments to celebrate the opening of our new exhibition “Drawn to Presidents”.  

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New exhibitions open November 2, 2019

The museum galleries are now open for our new exhibitions “Drawn to Presidents: Portraits and Satiric Drawings by Drew Friedman” and “Ladies First: A Century of Women’s Innovations in Comics and Cartoon Art “. Also on view is “Treasures from the Collections of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum”. The galleries are open Tuesday-Sunday from 1-5 pm. […]

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Reading Room Closings + Limited Seating Autumn 2019

The Lucy Shelton Caswell Reading Room will be closed and have limited seating during Autumn Semester: Tuesday, November 19 @ 12:45-2:05 pm: History 3249 (Closed) Wednesday, November 20 @ 9:35-10:55 am: Italian 4225 (Limited Seating) November 28-December 1: Thanksgiving Break (Closed) December 24-25: Christmas Holiday (Closed) January 1, 2020: New Year’s Day (Closed) *December 16, […]

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New exhibitions open through October 20, 2019

Our two new exhibitions, Drawing Blood: Comics and Medicine  and Front Line: Editorial Cartoonists and the First Amendment, are now open through October 20, 2019. Museum galleries are open Tuesday-Sunday from 1-5 pm. Closed Mondays and holidays. Before your visit, see Hours for all closings.

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Frenchy Lunning | “Seeking the Shôjo Through an Ecology of Desire”

Join us on Wednesday, March 20th at 4pm in the Will Eisner Seminar room for a lecture on manga by Professor Frenchy Lunning. Free and open to the public.

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2019 Will Eisner Week Comic Studies Forum | March 7 | 4-6:30 pm

Join us for the 2nd annual Will Eisner Week Comic Studies Forum and hear from comics scholars on their most recent work in the field.  Featuring Kate Polak who will present “Displacing the Memorial: Holocaust Comics in Conversation with Memory.” FREE and open to the public in the Will Eisner Seminar Room.

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Celebrating the Life and Art of Barbara Shermund with Liza Donnelly | February 7

Join us on Thursday, February 7th at 6:30pm for a program and reception celebrating Barbara Shermund, the subject of our current exhibit, Tell Me A Story Where The Bad Girl Wins: The Life and Art of Barbara Shermund, on display through March 31st. Presentation by New Yorker cartoonist and resident cartoonist of CBS News, Liza Donnelly, on cartoonists who are women who have […]

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New exhibitions open November 3, 2018-March 31, 2019

Our two new exhibitions, Tales from la Vida: Latinx Comics and Tell Me a Story Where the Bad Girl Wins: The Life and Art of Barbara Shermund, are now open Tuesday through Sunday from 1:00-5:00 pm through March 31, 2019. Admission is free. Closed Mondays and holidays. Before your visit, see Hours for all closings. 

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Artistically MAD: Seven Decades of Satire exhibit opening and reception | May 5, 2018

Join us from 4:00-7:30 PM for the opening reception and celebration of our new exhibit, Artistically MAD: Seven Decades of Satire. Program features MAD editor Bill Morrison on the future of MAD, panel discussion on collecting MAD with Brian Walker, Glenn Bray, and Grant Geissman, and drawing demo and talk with legendary MAD cartoonist Sergio Aragones! Light […]

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Events this week: Spotlight on Joyce Farmer and Brazilian Comics with Luli Penna

Joyce Farmer, recognized as a pioneer in underground comix, will be in conversation with Tom Spurgeon at 6 PM on Tuesday, April 17 and Luli Penna, Brazilian illustrator and cartoonist , will be presenting at 4 PM on Thursday, April 19. Both events are FREE and take place in the Will Eisner Seminar room.

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May 5, 2018: MAD Magazine and Koyama Collection Exhibits

MAD magazine and contemporary alternative comics are the subjects of two unique new exhibits opening in November at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. Artistically MAD: Seven Decades of Satire and Koyama and Friends: Publishing, Patronage, and the New Alternative Press will be on view from May 5-October 21, 2018. Join us for the Opening […]

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IJS Lecture | Mark MacWilliams: “Rethinking What’s Sacred About ‘Ano Hana’ Anime Pilgrimage” | April 4 | 4:30-6:00 pm

“Anime Pilgrimage” is a startling new spiritual phenomenon that is taking place throughout Japan. Visiting anime or comic book (manga) related places is called “pilgrimage to the holy land” (seichi junrei) among contemporary anime fans. In “Rethinking What’s Sacred About ‘Ano Hana’ Anime Pilgrimage”, Professor MacWiliams will look at how this new form of pilgrimage is developing in a […]

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Looking Forward: Contemporary Comics and Immigration | March 27, 2018

Join us March 27th from 5:30-7:00 PM as cartoonists Khalil Bendib, Eric Garcia, Alberto Ledesma will discuss their work surrounding the topic of immigration, in conjunction with our current exhibit, Looking Backward, Looking Forward: U.S. Immigration in Cartoons and Comics. The galleries will have extended hours and will be open until 5:30 pm and from 7:00-7:30 pm after the panel discussion.

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Will Eisner Week Research Forum | March 8, 2018 | 4-7 PM

In honor of Will Eisner Week, visiting scholars Roy T. Cook and Mark Fertig will be joined by local presenters in a symposium devoted to recent comics scholarship.

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New exhibitions open November 4, 2017

Visit our newest exhibitions, Looking Backward, Looking Forward: U.S. Immigration in Cartoons and Comics and Cartoon Couture on view through April 22, 2018. Galleries are open Tuesday-Sunday, 1-5 pm.

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Exhibit opening and Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration

Join us Saturday, November 4th for the opening of Looking Backward, Looking Forward: U.S. Immigration in Cartoons and Comics and enjoy light refreshments and family activities at the OSU Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration. This reception will follow a day of events and a procession, all FREE and open to the public!

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$100,000 investment from ENGIE and Axium

A $100,000 investment from ENGIE North America and Axium Infrastructure in the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum will create opportunities over the next three years to expand the library’s partnerships, collections and programming relating to French cartoons and comics. ENGIE  and Axium  announced $200,000 in academic support to programs aiding women in engineering, student […]

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Cartoons Crossroads Columbus (CXC) 2017 | September 28 – October 1

COMING SOON! Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) is a multi-faceted, yearly festival celebrating comics and cartooning, the city of Columbus and cartoonists worldwide. Visit them on Facebook  too! 

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Wendy Pflug and Caitlin McGurk honored at Faculty Awards reception

  OSU Libraries Director Damon Jaggars, honored Wendy Pflug as she was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. Wendy joined the faculty as Assistant Professor in December 2011 at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. Also honored was Caitlin McGurk, the recipient of the annual “Award in Teaching Excellence” for 2016. This award is […]

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Art Database redesign in progress

Our Art Database is currently undergoing a redesign. It is available for use but If you need assistance searching for items, please contact us. Thank you for your patience.

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Lucy Caswell receives Ohio State’s Distinguished Service Award

“Lucy Shelton Caswell’s legacy at The Ohio State University is as profound as it is exceptional, due to her meticulous cultivation of the most preeminent collection of cartoon art in the world. For more than four decades, her incomparable vision and innovative spirit have been at the forefront of preserving and celebrating this powerful art […]

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Caitlin McGurk is the recipient of the Annual Award in Teaching Excellence for 2016.

The award was presented by Libraries’ Teaching & Learning Committee, with the approval of Vice-Provost and Director of Libraries Damon Jaggars.  Caitlin demonstrated exemplary teaching performance during 2016 through a wide range of involvement with many dimensions of teaching: classroom instruction, gallery tours, curriculum planning with faculty, exhibit preparation linked with pedagogy, and outreach to […]

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Celebrate our 40th Anniversary with us! May 1, 4-7 pm

On May 1, 1977, founding curator Lucy Shelton Caswell began work on the Milton Caniff collection, and the institution that would become The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum was born. Join us for a special celebration exactly 40 years later! Exhibit reception and 40th celebration events from 4-7 pm including Curator’s Tour, food and drink, and […]

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Michael Tisserand presents Krazy: George Herriman, A Life in Black and White, March 28 at 7 pm

In his much-anticipated biography Krazy, Michael Tisserand examines the fascinating role race played in the life and work of Krazy Kat cartoonist George Herriman. FREE presentation for all audiences at the Wex Film/ Video Theater.

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Ryan Holmberg presents “Fukushima Devil Fish: Katsumata Susumu’s Anti-Nuclear Manga” | March 23, 2017 | 4:30pm-5:45pm

Presented by OSU Libraries and the East Asian Studies Center. FREE and open to the public. Ryan Holmberg is a Visiting Lecturer and Postdoctoral Fellow in the Art, Art History, and Visual Studies program at Duke University. As a freelance art historian and critic, he is a frequent contributor to The Comics Journal, Artforum International, […]

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