Past Events

  • RED, WHITE, BLACK AND BLUE: Cartoonist Keith Knight addresses America’s Racial Illiteracy RED, WHITE, BLACK AND BLUE: Cartoonist Keith Knight addresses America’s Racial Illiteracy June 11, 2020

    This virtual event is FREE and open to the public. REGISTER NOW

    Culled from over 25 years of his award-winning work, RED, WHITE, BLACK AND BLUE: Highlighting America’s Racial Illiteracy is a new presentation from nationally syndicated cartoonist Keith Knight (the Knight Life, the K Chronicles, (th)ink). Combining comics, storytelling, statistics, and facts, Knight makes the case that America’s biggest problem is its inability to have a frank and honest discussion about race. And if it wants to be the country it aspires to, it needs to come to terms with its ugly history.

    Keith Knight’s presentations are infused with urgency, humor, satire, politics, and race. His work is designed to provoke constructive, civil dialogue amongst people young and old, left and right, of all colors and orientations.

  • Where We're Coming From: African American Comic Art & Belonging (Online Event) Where We're Coming From: African American Comic Art & Belonging (Online Event) April 30, 2020

    This event is FREE and open to the public. 

    Click HERE to register for this event. You will receive a link to join the presentation after you have registered.

    Rebecca Wanzo, Associate Professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Washington University will discuss her new book, The Content of Our Caricature: African American Comic Art and Political Belonging. Following her presentation, Wanzo will join cartoonists Bianca Xunise and Barbara Brandon-Croft. Xunise and Brandon-Croft’s work pushes boundaries to explore the experiences of black women’s lives in America. Both are featured in The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum’s current exhibit, Ladies First: A Century of Women’s Innovations in Comics and Cartoon Art

  • Making Faces Artist Talk with John Kascht (Online Event) Making Faces Artist Talk with John Kascht (Online Event) April 23, 2020

    This event is FREE and open to the public. 

    Click here to register for this event. You will receive a link to join the event once you have registered.

    Join us for an online conversation with John Kascht, the artist behind the brilliant caricatures in the exhibition Making Faces. This traveling retrospective of drawings and paintings personally selected by the artist opened at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum on February 15, 2020. Kascht has a skill for honing in on the features that make a face recognizable and then turning it up to eleven. He will talk about his process for creating a caricature and highlight stories of his favorite faces. This will be a 60-minute artist talk. Bring your questions—Q & A to follow.

    You can purchase the exhibition catalog online here.

  • POSTPONED -Mini-Comics Day — Hands-On Workshop POSTPONED -Mini-Comics Day — Hands-On Workshop March 14, 2020

    ***This event has been POSTPONED. We are working with the presenters to reschedule. The University Libraries is cancelling all public programs through April 20, in compliance with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) protocols established by the University for the safety of our community. ***

    On Mini-Comics Day, participating cartoonists from around the world write, draw, and print copies of a mini-comic—completing the entire process from start to finish in a day or less. Anyone in the world can participate.

    Join us at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum on Saturday, March 14 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm to celebrate the art of cartooning by creating your own hand-made comic book! Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just getting started, you’re welcome to create with us! We will supply copy paper, pencils, and colored pencils. Please feel free to bring along your favorite art supplies. Guest cartoonists Ben Towle and Melanie Gillman will be here throughout the afternoon to walk you through the basics and help you navigate the creative process. Already working on a comics project (and not wanting to start something new)? Bring it along and just hang out and draw with us.

    This FREE, drop-in event is open to grade 4 through adult. Stop in when you can and join in. Overviews will happen at 2:00 pm and 3:30 pm, but we’ll be hanging out all afternoon to get you caught up.

  • Drawing Gender: Women and French-language Comics Symposium Drawing Gender: Women and French-language Comics Symposium February 28, 2020 - February 29, 2020

    The Green Hand and Other Stories (2017) by Nicole Claveloux. Image reproduced with permission of New York Review Comics

    This symposium 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 work on gender throughout the history of comic strip.

    This program is co-presented by The Ohio State University Department of French and Italian Department and the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

    Funding for this symposium was provided by a grant from Ohio State University Energy Partners (OSEP).

    If you would like to attend, go to the symposium website to register. Please respond by February 14, 2020.

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