Past Events

  • Comics and Mexico Comics and Mexico March 4, 2024

    Monday, March 4 at 6pm ET on Zoom. FREE.

    Registration is required: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

    In celebration of our current exhibit, Depicting Mexico and Modernism: Gordo by Gus Arriola we are excited to focus this year’s Will Eisner Week scholarly presentation on comics and Mexico.

  • Depicting Mexico and Modernism: Gordo by Gus Arriola – Exhibition Opening Reception & Program January 20, 2024

    Gordo, Pepito, and animals in the Gordo comic strip.

    Join us for a reception and program* to celebrate the exhibition Depicting Mexico and Modernism: Gordo by Gus Arriola, on display now in the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Galleries!

    Depicting Mexico and Modernism offers the opportunity to look at the visually stunning art of the comic strip Gordo (1941-1985) and see firsthand Gus Arriola’s development as a modernist Mexican-American artist who used the comics page to celebrate and share his Mexican heritage with American readers.

    Arriola’s dazzling artistry had an influence not only on his contemporaries, but on many creators who have followed in his footsteps. Joining us for this public program is Hector D. Cantú, writer of the nationally-syndicated comic strip Baldo, which traces the life of a Latino-American teenager.

    FREE and open to the public

    3:00-3:30pm: Tour with exhibit curator Nhora Lucía Serrano in the BICLM galleries

    4:00-5:00pm: Gus Arriola and His Legacy – Comics scholars Nhora Lucía Serrano, Frederick Luis Aldama, and Baldo co-creator Hector D. Cantú will discuss the legacy of Gus Arriola, his comic strip Gordo, and its influence on their work. This program will be held in the Jean and Charles Schulz Lecture Hall.

    5:00-6:00pm: Exhibit Reception in Will Eisner Seminar Room and galleries. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

    Cosponsored by The Ohio State University Center for Latin American Studies

    Baldomero"Baldo"Bermudez-Graciela"Gracie"Bermudez-Sergio"Papi"Bermudez-TiaCarmen-CruzBaldo created by Hector Cantú & Carlos Castellanos

    *Note: Lalo Alcaraz and Carlos Castellanos are no longer able to attend.

  • Superman's 'Jewish Origins' and Other Thoughts on Jews and Comics Superman's 'Jewish Origins' and Other Thoughts on Jews and Comics October 25, 2023

    Thomas and Diann Mann Symposium Series

    Professor Samantha Baskind, Distinguished Professor of Art History Cleveland State University

    The Melton Center is pleased to present Professor Baskind’s lecture “Superman’s ‘Jewish Origins’ and Other Thoughts on Jews and Comics.” Professor Baskind will discuss the enormous Jewish contributions to comics and the graphic novel. Beginning in the 1930s, Jews built the comic book industry from the ground up.

  • Feeling Heard - Symphonic Band Concert Feeling Heard - Symphonic Band Concert October 9, 2023

    This performance by the Ohio State Symphonic Band is a partnership with the exhibition “Facing Feelings: The Art of Raina Telgemeier” currently on display at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. This concert explores the strong connection between listening and feeling as well as the influence of visual elements on emotional engagement. The performance will feature an “improvisational duet” between artwork by Raina Telgemeier and individual musicians from the Symphonic Band. A reception follows the performance at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

  • CXC 2023 Opening Reception CXC 2023 Opening Reception September 29, 2023

    CXC attendees and guests are invited to kick off the weekend with our annual Friday party at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, the mecca for cartoons and comic art! Explore our current exhibits, enjoy refreshments, and cheer on your cartoonist colleagues as we give out our annual Master Cartoonist, Transformative Work and Tom Spurgeon awards.

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