Past Events

  • 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.

  • BICLM galleries closed until further notice March 13, 2020 - August 4, 2020

    In an effort to keep our communities safe and following university coronavirus (COVID-19) protocols, the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum galleries are closed until further notice. Please visit for updates.

  • 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.

  • 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

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