Past Events

  • The Four Immigrants Manga: How a Japanese Fine Artist Leapt Across Cultures With a Comic Book in 1931 The Four Immigrants Manga: How a Japanese Fine Artist Leapt Across Cultures With a Comic Book in 1931 November 4, 2020

    Join the University Libraries International and Area Studies Department for the next virtual event in the Global Comics Series. Frederik L. Schodt, award-winning author of numerous non-fiction books on the convergence of Japanese and American cultures, will present a heavily illustrated talk examining the development of comics in Japan and the life and pioneering work of Japanese comic artist Henry Yoshitaka Kiyama.

    The Global Comics Series is a lecture series on global comics scholarship. In this series, scholars present on transnational issues from distinct area studies’ regional perspectives. Topics include global comic scholarship on immigration/migration, nationalism, identity and culture, feminism, political censorship, technology disruption and more. These lectures are free and open to the public.

    The series is presented by The Ohio State University’s Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Slavic and East European Studies and East Asian Studies Center, with funds from the U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant, the Area Studies Department, University Libraries, Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum and Asian American Studies.

    REGISTER NOW for this virtual event 

    If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please email libevents@osu.edu as soon as possible. Requests made a week prior to the program will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.

  • Global Comics Lecture Series: From Tahrir to "The Solar Grid" by Artist and Middle East Comics Scholar Ganzeer Global Comics Lecture Series: From Tahrir to "The Solar Grid" by Artist and Middle East Comics Scholar Ganzeer October 19, 2020

    The Ohio State University Libraries’ International and Area Studies Department presents a Global Comics Series, a transnational lecture series on global comics scholarship. As part of this series, global comic scholars visit the Ohio State campus to present on transnational issues from distinct area studies’ regional perspectives. Topics include global comic scholarship on immigration/migration, nationalism, identity and culture, feminism and more.

    This virtual event in the series will focus on the Middle East. Ganzeer, a well-known artist in Egypt, will talk about how his street art activism during the tumultuous events of Egypt’s Tahrir Square uprising in 2011 inspired an ambitious graphic novel. Set in various future eras, “The Solar Grid” imagines a dystopian progression of events leading to climate disaster and the exacerbation of global inequalities. Drawing on the possibilities of science fiction, Ganzeer’s graphic novel dives into the future implications of colonialism, racism, industrialism, consumerism and environmentalism.

    REGISTER NOW for this virtual event

    If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please email libevents@osu.edu as soon as possible. Requests made at least a week in advance will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.  A captioned recording of this program will be posted to the University Libraries website within 10 business days following the event.

    Sponsored by: The Ohio State University’s Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Slavic and East European Studies, and East Asian Studies Center, with funds from the U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant, the Area Studies Department, University Libraries, the Middle East Studies Center, the Department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures, and the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

    For more information on this series, please contact Nena Couch, Head, Area Studies and Thompson Library Special Collections at couch.1@osu.edu

  • Join us online for Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) 2020 Join us online for Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) 2020 October 1, 2020 - October 4, 2020

    CXC 2020 poster and logo design by Ben Towle

    The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is proud to participate in the 6th annual Cartoon Crossroads Columbus festival, which will be held virtually this year on October 1-4. This year’s festival features all-ages workshops, exclusive cartoonist interviews, panel discussions, interactive games, and more!

    OCTOBER 1, 2020 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM

    Paper, Pencils, and Pigments: Caring for your Artwork at Home

    Are you unintentionally damaging your art?  What’s the best way to store your cartoons?  Learn tips and best practices for caring for your works on paper. Artists, wherever you are in your career, now is a good time to start thinking about how to preserve your work for future generations! Collectors, let’s talk about how to keep your treasures in the best possible condition.

    Jenny Robb, Curator and Associate Professor at The Ohio State University’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum will be joined by the University Libraries’ conservation and preservation specialists Miriam Centeno, Preservation and Digitization Strategist, and Marcela Estevez, Head of Conservation for this short presentation followed by a live Q&A.  Get all your burning questions about preserving your cartoon and comics art answered by the experts [ADULTS, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT]

    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE ZOOM WEBINAR to participate in the Q&A. 
    Or watch the video live on the CXC Facebook pageYouTube Channel, or Twitch stream


    OCTOBER 2, 2020 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM

    CXC 2020 Weekend Kickoff Reception!

    CXC always begins with a reception on Friday night at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. This time we’re bringing it to you! Join us in cyberspace for a Pictionary-like game we’re calling “Paper Charades” followed by a behind-the scenes tour of the Billy Ireland vault, unlike anything you’ve seen before. We’ve thrown in a few surprises that you won’t want to miss. [ADULTS, TEENS]

    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE ZOOM WEBINAR for live Q&A and to play along in the chat.
    Or watch the video live on the CXC Facebook pageYouTube Channel, or Twitch stream

    Announcing Special Guest Cameos!

    Since we can’t all gather in-person at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, we’re bringing the fun to you! We’ve gathered some of the most exciting voices in comics to tell you about their favorite treasures in the vault. Billy Ireland curators Jenny Robb and Caitlin McGurk will be joined by:

    • Gene Luen Yang
    • Laura Park
    • Art Spiegelman
    • Garry Trudeau
    • Mo Willems
    • Raina Telgemeier
    • Barbara Brandon-Croft
    • Hilary Price
    • Bill Watterson

    OCTOBER 2, 2020 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM

    Comics Trivia Game! 

    BICLM challenges you to a three-round game of comics trivia. We’ll start out with some Comics 101 questions, but prepare yourself for some deep cuts by Round 3! Form a team of 5 friends to sign up in advance, or let us pair you with a group day-of. [ADULTS, TEENS]
    REGISTRATION CLOSES AT 11:59 PM on Thursday, October 1.


    OCTOBER 3, 2020 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: BICLM Sponsored Panel

    Drawing Power: Comics, Trauma, and Reclamation

    Cartoonist and editor Diane Noomin joins Carta Monir, Joyce Farmer, and Ebony Flowers in a powerful conversation about their contributions to the Eisner Award-winning anthology, Drawing Power: Women’s Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Survival. Moderated by Caitlin McGurk. Content Warning: discussions of sexual abuse and violence.  [ADULTS] 

    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE ZOOM WEBINAR to participate in the Q&A
    Or watch the video live on the CXC Facebook pageYouTube Channel, or Twitch stream


    OCTOBER 4, 2020 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: BICLM Sponsored Panel

    Legacy and Change at The New Yorker

    The New Yorker magazine cartoon editor Emma Allen joins cartoonists Liz Montague, Roz Chast, and Amy Hwang in conversation about their work and the changing culture of the magazine. Moderated by Jenny Robb. [ADULTS, BIPOC, TEENS]

    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE ZOOM WEBINAR to participate in the Q&A
    Or watch the video live on the CXC Facebook pageYouTube Channel, or Twitch stream


    Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) is a free, citywide arts festival hosted every year by people and places with a passion for cartoon arts. CXC connects the global family of cartoon storytellers, comic makers, and animators with the people who love and are inspired by their art. Together, they celebrate the stories that can only be told in visual media that are as diverse as the people who imagined them. The FREE four-day festival held online features interactive events hosted by Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus Museum of Art, and Columbus Metropolitan Library.

    See Full List of Guests

    See CXC Schedule here

    Keep up-to-date on CXC news:
    Website: cartooncrossroadscolumbus.org
    Facebook: cartooncrossroadscolumbus
    Twitter: cxcfestival
    Instagram: cartooncrossroads

  • SÕL-CON: The Brown, Black, & Indigenous Comics Expo SÕL-CON: The Brown, Black, & Indigenous Comics Expo September 10, 2020 - September 12, 2020

    The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is proud to be a cosponsor of SÕL-CON: The Brown, Black, and Indigenous Comix Expo at Ohio State. Join us online on Thursday, September 10 and Friday, September 11 for this year’s virtual iteration of the show. FREE! Registration required (see below)

  • 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.

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