Past Events

  • A Conversation with French comics writer Julia Billet A Conversation with French comics writer Julia Billet January 21, 2020

    Julia Billet is an acclaimed French novelist and author of short stories, children’s books, and poetry. Billet will be discussing her award-winning graphic novel “La Guerre de Catherine” (Rue de Sèvres, 2012), debuting in the U.S. in translation as “Catherine’s War” (HarperCollins) on January 21st.

    Billet will be joined in conversation by Dr. Margaret Flinn, Associate Professor of French at The Ohio State University. A book sale and signing will follow the presentation.

    This event is free and open to the public.

    5:00-6:00 Conversation and Q+A
    6:00-6:30 Book sale and signing

  • Ladies First Exhibition Reception and Program Ladies First Exhibition Reception and Program January 10, 2020

    Join us for a celebration of our new exhibit, “Ladies First: A Century of Women’s Innovations in Comics and Cartoon Art,” a look at how women have defined the field of comics and cartoon art for generations.

    5:30-6:00pm Tour the exhibit with curators Rachel Miller and Caitlin McGurk

    6:00-7:00pm Live comics readings from local women cartoonists Emi GennisKhaila CarrLauren McCallister and Gabby Metzler,  followed by a special focus on Image Comics MOONSTRUCK team Grace Ellis, Shae Beagle, Caitlin Quirk, and Laurenn McCubbin in the Will Eisner Seminar Room

    7:00-7:30pm Book sale and signing

    Light snacks and refreshments provided!

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  • Memorial for Tom Spurgeon Memorial for Tom Spurgeon December 14, 2019

    Please join us on Saturday, December 14th to celebrate the life of Thomas Spurgeon. BICLM and Tom’s family invite all who knew, loved, and admired him to join us and share stories about the great life of a great man.

    4:00 – 6:00 pm: Open House in the Reading Room
    5:00 – 5:30 pm: Refreshments
    5:30 – 6:30 pm: Formal remarks
    6:30 – 7:00 pm: Open forum for brief remembrances
    1:00 – 7:00 pm: Extended hours for the museum galleries

    The memorial will be held in the Jean and Charles Schulz Lecture Hall, located on the 2nd floor of Sullivant Hall. For more information on parking and location visit:

    Guests are invited to stop by our Lucy Shelton Caswell Reading Room on the 1st floor to view an open house display of materials from the Thomas Spurgeon Collection held at our library, containing publications, original art, and manuscript material donated by Tom over the years.

    Following the memorial, we’ll keep the conversation going at Wunderbar in German Village, 739 S. 3rd St., Columbus OH 43206.

    For more information, or if you are interested in speaking at the memorial, contact

    In memory of Tom Spurgeon, donations may be made to the Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) Support Fund, in support of BICLM’s participation in CXC.

  • Spotlight on Drew Friedman: In Conversation with C.F. Payne Spotlight on Drew Friedman: In Conversation with C.F. Payne November 16, 2019

    Please join us for a reception and program to celebrate the opening of the new exhibition Drawn to Presidents: Portraits and Satiric Drawings by Drew Friedman at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. Illustrators Drew Friedman and C.F. Payne will discuss, in a visual conversation, Friedman’s latest book of portraits All The Presidents (Fantagraphics, 2019), as well as their artistic influences, from MAD magazine artists Mort Drucker and Jack Davis, to David Levine and Robert Grossman. They will also discuss creating politically-themed artwork over the years for publications ranging from SPY to TIME, to The New York Observer and The New Yorker.

    4:30–5:00 pm: Tour of the exhibition led by Drew Friedman
    5:00–6:00 pm: Program “Spotlight on Drew Friedman—In conversation with C.F. Payne”
    6:00–7:30 pm: Reception and book signing for All the Presidents. Books will be available for purchase on site from the Wexner Center Store. Light refreshments and beverages will be served.

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    Speaker Biographies:

    Drew Friedman
    Award-winning artist Drew Friedman’s comics and illustrations have appeared in RAW, Weirdo, Heavy Metal, National Lampoon, SPY, MAD, Time, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Observer and many other publications, as well as on numerous book, CD and DVD covers. In his New York Times book review of Old Jewish Comedians, Steven Heller wrote: “A festival of drawing virtuosity and fabulous craggy faces. Drew Friedman might very well be the Vermeer of the Borscht Belt.” The Society of Illustrators hosted a two-floor main gallery showing of all of Friedman’s Old Jewish Comedians drawings in 2014. Filmmaker Kevin Dougherty is preparing a documentary, “Vermeer of the Borscht Belt” covering Friedman’s career.

    Friedman has had six anthologies of his work published. His latest book is All The Presidents (Fantagraphics Books, 2019) with a foreword by public radio host Kurt Andersen.
    Drew Friedman and his wife Kathy Bidus live in rural PA with their rescue beagle Gunther.

    C.F. Payne
    Born 1954 in Cincinnati, OH, C.F. Payne’s illustrations have appeared in magazines, advertisements, and children’s books for more than 35 years. After graduating from Miami University with a BFA and the Illustrators Workshop he started his freelance career in Dallas, TX in 1980. He has taught illustration for more than 30 years. Prior to joining the Hartford Art School in 2016 as Director of the MFA in Illustration program, he taught at Columbus College of Art and Design for nineteen years. His art has been exhibited in numerous museums and university galleries including the Cincinnati Art Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the Norman Rockwell Museum, Huntington Art Museum, the Baseball Hall of Fame and more. Payne’s art has appeared on the covers of Time Magazine, MAD Magazine, Der Spiegel, The New York Times Magazine, Sports Illustrated, The Atlantic, and Reader’s Digest. C.F. Payne has illustrated 20 children’s books including, “The Remarkable Farkle McBride” by actor John Lithgow, “Mousetronaut” by astronaut Mark Kelly, Mark Twain’s classic, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and most recently “Miss Mary Reporting”. In 2018 he was elected to the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame. C.F. Payne and his wife Paula currently resides in Lebanon, OH.

  • Floyd Abrams: Political Cartoons and Freedom of Speech October 13, 2019

    Floyd Abrams headshot.Join us on Sunday, October 13 at 3:00 pm for a speaking event and reception for our current exhibition, Front Line: Editorial Cartoonists and the First Amendment, on display through October 20, 2019 at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. This FREE event begins at 2:30 pm with a tour of the exhibition, a lecture by Floyd Abrams begins at 3:00 pm,  followed by a reception and book signing. Books will be available for purchase on site from Gramercy Books.

    This event is a collaboration between the John Glenn College of Public Affairs and the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

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