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Museum CLOSED TUESDAYS starting 1/10/2023

The Billy Ireland Museum Galleries will be closed Tuesdays starting on January 10, 2023. The Musem will be open Wednesdays through Sundays from 1-5pm.

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Season’s Greetings from the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum!

2022 has been an exciting year for us at BICLM! As of October, we returned to our pre-pandemic number of gallery visitors, and have greatly enjoyed hosting in-person programs again to reunite with old friends and welcome new guests. Year in Review We started the year with the continuation of our 2021 exhibits, Power Lines: […]

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Closure for Winter Break – Dec. 23, 2022–Jan. 2, 2023

In observance of the holidays and due to Ohio State University’s campus-wide closure, the museum galleries will be closed from Friday, December 23, 2022 through Monday, January 2, 2023. The galleries will reopen on Tuesday, January 3, 2023 (open 1-5 pm). The Reading Room will be closed Friday, December 23, 2022 through Monday, January 2, […]

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Museum Closure Wednesday, December 7, 2022

The Billy Ireland Museum will be closed on Wednesday, December 7, 2022. This is a planned closure and regular hours will resume on Thursday, December 8 (open from 1:00–5:00 pm). We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Thanksgiving Week Hours & Closures

The museum galleries will be closed on Thursday, November 24, Friday, November 25, and Saturday, November 26, 2022 in observance of the holiday. The galleries will be open on Sunday November 27 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.

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Closed on Veterans Day

We will be closed on Friday, November 11, 2022 in observance of Veterans Day.  

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Comics, Security, and the American Mission Conference Nov. 3 & 4, 2022

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Virtual keynote featuring Paul Hirsch Thursday, November 3 beginning at 5:30 pm. Click for more information and the link to register. The main conference will take place in person on Friday, November 3 from 10am to 4pm at the Mershon Center, Derby Hall 1039. Click for the full schedule and the link to register.

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Upcoming Museum Closure – October 24 – November 11, 2022

The Museum Galleries will be closed for three weeks for a planned exhibition changeover from Monday, October 24 through Friday, November 11, 2022. The Museum will reopen with two new exhibitions on Saturday, November 12, 2022 at 1:00 pm.

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Sunday, August 14, 2022 – Free workshop for ages 14+!

Make America Sane Again art by Barbara Brandon-Croft

Students and young adults are invited to create expressive art and designs based on their experiences with the artwork displayed in the BICLM exhibit STILL… Racism in America. Father/daughter cartoonists Brumsic Brandon Jr. and Barbara Brandon-Croft independently created the work shown in STILL between the 1960s and the present day, frequently reflecting on similar themes […]

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Fourth of July Holiday Hours – Museum Closed Sunday, July 3

The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum will be open Saturday, July 2 from 1:00–5:00 pm. The Musem will be closed Sunday, July 3. The Reading Room, museum galleries, and offices will be closed Monday, July 4.

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New Exhibits Opening Saturday, May 21, 2022! “STILL…Racism in America” and “Celebrating Sparky”

Join us on Saturday, May 21, to celebrate the opening of two new exhibits! Opening reception for STILL… from 6–8 pm, Museum Galleries will open at 1:00 pm. STILL…Racism In America – A Retrospective in Cartoons: Pioneering father/daughter cartoonists Brumsic Brandon, Jr. (1927– 2014) and Barbara Brandon-Croft (1958– ) chronicled the nation’s cultural landscape in their […]

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Season’s Greetings from the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum! 

2021 presented unique challenges and opportunities as we continued to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. We are proud of the work we accomplished this year in both virtual, physical, and hybrid environments including serving researchers, providing access to our museum exhibits, cataloging our collections, and adapting our teaching and educational programming. These difficult times have emboldened us to explore new methods of providing service to […]

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Closing for Winter Break – December 23, 2021-January 1, 2022

In observance of the holidays and due to Ohio State University’s campus-wide closure, the museum galleries will be closed from Thursday, December 23, 2021 through Saturday, January 1, 2022. The galleries will reopen on Sunday, January 2, 2022 (open 1-5 pm). The Reading Room will be closed Thursday, December 23, 2021 through Sunday, January 2, 2022. During […]

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Closings for the Thanksgiving Holiday

The museum galleries will be closed on November 25, 26, and 27, 2021 in observance of the holiday. The Reading Room will also be closed Wednesday, November 24th.

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Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) from September 30-October 3, 2021

BICLM will again be partnering with CXC for their comics art and animation festival. We’ll be hosting Talk & Teach events, guest speakers Brian Walker and Patrick McDonnell, a reception with time to view the exhibits, and an Open House in the reading room featuring original art. Details are available in Events on our website. 

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Masks are now required for ALL visitors to the BICLM galleries and reading room

Due to the OSU policy of requiring masks for all while indoors regardless of vaccination status, we are requiring that our guests wear masks when using our facilities. Forgot your mask? Please ask for one at the the desk.

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The Dog Show: Two Centuries of Canine Cartoons opens on June 19!

The Dog Show: Two Centuries of Canine Cartoons promises to be an entertaining and enlightening exhibit for visitors of all ages. It documents the fascination that cartoonists have had with our furry friends. Beginning with political cartoons from the 19th century and moving through to 21st century creations like  Dav Pilkey’s Dog Man, over one hundred different characters are showcased. Also on display is Into the […]

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Library reading room is scheduling appointments

The Lucy Shelton Caswell Reading Room is scheduling limited research appointments, Monday-Friday. For more information, please see the Visiting the Reading Room page. To request an appointment, please email cartoons@osu.edu. For research and reproduction services, please email us cartoons@osu.edu or call 614-292-0538.

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Research during COVID-19

Explore the collections online for your research or enjoyment: *Search over 300,000 records of original art in the Art Database *Explore over 20,000 high-quality images in the Digital Collections *Browse artist and cartoonist organization Collection Inventories and find descriptions of items from correspondence to photographs to ephemera *Find rare and unique published materials in the Library […]

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Drawing Gender: Women and French-Language Comics Symposium

Join us Friday, February 28 and Saturday, February 29 for the Drawing Gender: Women and French-language Comics Symposium that celebrates the richness of women’s comics production and the representations of gender in French-language comics from around the world. Montreal-based artist Julie Delporte, along with scholars from the France, Belgium, the US, and the UK will present their […]

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Reading Room Limited Seating and Closings for Spring 2020

The Lucy Shelton Caswell Reading Room will have limited seating or be closed Spring 2020 semester. Please see the Reading Room hours and closures here: https://cartoons.osu.edu/hours/#Library_Reading_Room_Hours.

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Happy Holidays from The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum!

As 2019 reaches its close, we want to extend our deepest thanks to everyone who has visited us this year, donated materials, or provided financial gifts that help us continue our operations. As patrons and donors, you are an essential part of our mission to inspire the study and appreciation of cartoon and comics art […]

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Donations in memory of Tom Spurgeon

Donations may be made to the Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) Support Fund . Go to   www.go.osu.edu/cxcsupport

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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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