Past Events

  • Facing Feelings: An Afternoon with Raina Telgemeier Facing Feelings: An Afternoon with Raina Telgemeier June 17, 2023

    Facing Feelings: An Afternoon with Raina Telgemeier
    FREE and open to the public – REGISTRATION REQUIRED for PROGRAM and SIGNING

    Thank you for your interest in attending this event. We’re sorry, but registration is currently full. Please fill out the form to be added to the WAITLIST. We will contact you if a space opens for you to attend. This will be in the order that we received your registration for the waitlist.


    Join us on Saturday, June 17 at The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum for a special event with graphic novelist Raina Telgemeier (author of SmileGuts, and Drama). Telgemeier’s work is the focus of a two-gallery exhibition, Facing Feelings: The Art of Raina Telgemeier, on display in our museum from May 24 – November 5. This event will include an opportunity to see the exhibit, meet Raina, and have books signed. Light refreshments will be served.

    • 2:00 – 3:00pm Program with Raina Telgemeier and exhibit curator Anne Drozd

    • 3:00 – 4:30pm Book signing with Raina Telgemeier*

    • 1:00pm – 5:00pm The museum galleries will be open. Stop in any time between  1 and 5pm to view the exhibition.

    The program and signing will take place in Sullivant Hall 220, the Jean & Charles Schulz Lecture Hall.

    Books will be available to purchase on-site in our lobby from the Wexner Center Store. You are also welcome to bring your personal copies of Raina Telgemeier’s books.

    *Please note that the book signing will be limited to the first 200 people and no more than 2 books per person. Yes, parents can accompany children in line (for those who only registered for a ticket for their child).

    Photo by Joseph Fanvu

    Telgemeier is the author and illustrator of the graphic novels SmileDramaSistersGhosts, and Guts, all #1 New York Times bestsellers. She also adapted and illustrated four graphic novel versions of Ann M. Martin’s Baby-Sitters Club series and has contributed short stories to many anthologies. Raina’s accolades include six Eisner Awards, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, a Stonewall Honor, and many best-of and notables lists.

  • Newspaper Comics: Printing and Papercraft Day Newspaper Comics: Printing and Papercraft Day April 22, 2023

    Join us for an afternoon of printing and papercraft fun to celebrate the exhibition Man Saves Comics! Explore more comics and artifacts from the San Francisco Academy of Comic Art Collection shown by print historian Glenn Fleishman. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn more about the printing process, print your own letterpress print, and make your own version of some of the papercraft toys printed in early 20th-century newspapers.

    (Galleries) 1:30—2pm — Tour of Man Saves Comics! by the exhibition curators Ann Lennon and Caitlin McGurk

    (Reading Room) 1:30-4pm drop-in Show and Tell with print historian Glenn Fleishman.

    (First Floor Lobby) 1:30-4pm Letterpress Printing — hands-on printing with our friends from the Cincinnati Type & Print Museum

    (Eisner Room) — 1:30-4pm Hands-on papercraft. All supplies will be provided.

    Light refreshments will be served.

  • The Art of the News - Exhibition Reception and Program The Art of the News - Exhibition Reception and Program April 6, 2023

    Join us on Thursday, April 6, for a reception and program to celebrate the exhibition The Art of the News: Comics Journalism.

    5:00-6:30 pm —  Explore the exhibition. The museum galleries will be open until 6:30 pm. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided in the lobby before the program.

    6:30—7:30 pm — Program in the Eisner Seminar Room. Katherine Kelp-Stebbins, co-curator of the exhibition, in conversation with Ben Passmore about the exhibition and his comics work.

  • Comics and Cognitive Science Comics and Cognitive Science March 25, 2023

    Presenting Comics and Cognitive Science on Saturday, March 25, 2023, at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

    Comics Open House | 2–3 pm
    Lucy Shelton Caswell Reading Room, Sullivant Hall 100

    Guests are invited to attend an exclusive Comics Open House from 2-3 pm in the Lucy Shelton Caswell Reading Room. The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum will feature a curated collection of comics showcasing cognition and human perception. Guests may also browse the Museum’s current exhibits (learn more here).

    The Experts | 3–5:30 pm
    Jean & Charles Schulz Lecture Hall, Sullivant Hall 220

    From 3-5:30 pm, guests will learn from the experts! Dr. Neil Cohn will discuss his unique research on the cognition of comics and language. Then, Dr. Cohn and Chris Ware will sit down for a compelling conversation about their shared passion and exciting history with comics. The audience will have numerous opportunities to ask questions to both presenters during the event.

    Comics and Cognitive Science is a free, public event. Registration is required to attend. Register at

    This event will be livestreamed, but not recorded. Please click here to join the livestream at 3pm ET on March 25, 2023. 

  • The Secret History of Black Punk: Record Zero The Secret History of Black Punk: Record Zero March 21, 2023

    Free and open to the public. Join us for a book discussion and signing with Columbus-based artist Raeghan Buchanan, author and illustrator of The Secret History of Black Punk: Record Zero, an illustrated roll-call for punk, post-punk, hardcore, no-wave, and experimental bands from ground zero ‘til now. A starting point for anyone curious, another reference for those who devour all genre-related things, or a cool artifact for anyone in the know. Free and open to the public.

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