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Holiday Book Sale!

BILLY IRELAND CARTOON LIBRARY HOLIDAY BOOK SALE Tuesday, December 18th 4 – 7PM Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum lobby (Sullivant Hall) 1813 N. High St, Columbus OH 43210 Come check out The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum holiday book sale, where hundreds of duplicate items from our collection will be available to purchase at low […]

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Closings for upcoming holidays

The galleries will be closed December 22-25 and December 30-January 1. The reading room will be closed December 24-25 and January 1; open by appointment only December 26-28 and December 31. The reading room will also be closed Sundays for Winter Break, December 16-January 6. The offices will be closed December 24-25 and January 1.

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New exhibits open November 3

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 through March 31, 2019. Closed Mondays and holidays. Before your visit, see Hours for all closings. 

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Reading Room Closures and Limited Seating for Autumn 2018

The Lucy Shelton Caswell Reading Room will have limited seating or be closed Fall Semester 2018 during the following dates and times: Friday, November 16 @ 10-11:30 am: ASC1138 (Closed) Thursday, November 22-Sunday, November 25: Thanksgiving Holiday (Closed)

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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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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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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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Galleries open March 25 with “Tales from the Vault”

In celebration of BICLM’s 40th anniversary, the galleries open on Saturday, March 25 with our new exhibitions, Tales from the Vault: 40 Years/40 Stories and Founding Collections: 1977-1987. 

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Windows on Death Row Exhibit Program | Saturday, Feb 25, 2017

Join us for an evening of free programming to explore this exhibit with project/exhibit founders, political cartoonist Patrick Chappatte and journalist Anne-Frédérique Widmann, painter Ndume Olatushani, a wrongly convicted former death-row inmate imprisoned for 28 years and Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison. Events include a curators’ tour, catered reception, a multimedia presentation, and Q & […]

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Incarcerated Kids Read!

February 21, 1-2 pm in the Will Eisner Seminar Room (Rm.205)  Incarcerated youth are a special population not often recognized in a positive light, but with education and great literature, all Is not lost. Please join us in a meaningful discussion about the “Great Stories” programming and collaboration between the Scioto Juvenile Correctional Facility and […]

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Representations of Inequality exhibit

The 2016-17 COMPAS Program on Inequality presents, Representations of Inequality. Partnering with the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library, a number of inequality-related cartoons are on display that, despite being many decades old, still speak clearly to the issues of inequality we face today. On view in Bricker Hall throughout January and February.

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Donate to support the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

Your  financial gifts make it possible for us to acquire, catalog and preserve cartoon-related materials; to host educational programming including exhibitions, presentations, and workshops; to create online resources for teachers and researchers; and to make our collection accessible to students, scholars and fans from around the world. Make a Gift to the Cartoon Library and Museum Support […]

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New exhibitions open November 5, 2016 – March 12, 2017

Our new exhibitions are now open!  “What a Hoot! A Mike Peters Retrospective,” “Windows on Death Row,” and “Treasures from the Collections of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum” will be on view Tuesday-Sunday, 1:00-5:00 pm, through March 12, 2017. Please check Hours for upcoming holiday closings.

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