Past Events

  • First-Day-of-Issue Ceremony for the Sunday Funnies Commemorative Stamps First-Day-of-Issue Ceremony for the Sunday Funnies Commemorative Stamps July 16, 2010

    Performance Hall at the Ohio Union
    July 16, 2010
     

    The United States Postal Service and the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum cordially invite you to attend the First -Day-of-Issue Ceremony for the Sunday Funnies Commemorative Stamps at The Ohio State University. The Sunday Funnies pane of 20 stamps honors five of our most beloved comic strips: Archie, Beetle Bailey, Dennis the Menace, Garfield, and Calvin and Hobbes.

    The day‘s program includes remarks by:

    • David Failor, Executive Director, Stamp Services, for the U.S. Postal Service
    • Joseph Alutto, OSU Provost
    • Libraries Director Carol Diedrichs

    Honorees attending are:

    • Archie Comics: Nancy Silberkleit, Co-CEO and Craig Boldman, cartoonist
    • Beetle Bailey: Mort Walker, Greg Walker, cartoonists
    • Calvin & Hobbes: Lee Salem, President and Editor, Universal Uclick
    • Dennis the Menace: Marcus Hamilton, Ron Ferdinand, Scott Ketcham, cartoonists
    • Garfield: Jim Davis, cartoonist.

    The strips, as well as the characters, may have changed over the years, yet each nevertheless remains an enduring classic.

    Offering an idealized portrait of American adolescence, Archie existed only in comic book form before debuting in newspapers in 1946. A typical small-town teenager with a knack for goofing things up, 17-year-old Archie Andrews is often torn between haughty brunette Veronica Lodge and sweet, blonde Betty Cooper.

    A military strip with universal appeal, Beetle Bailey first appeared in September 1950. Possibly the laziest man in the army, Private Beetle Bailey is an expert at sleeping and avoiding work. His chronic indolence antagonizes Sargeant Orville P. Snorkel, who is tough on his men but calls them “my boys.”

    Dennis the Menace follows the antics of Dennis Mitchell, a good-hearted but mischievous little boy who is perpetually “five-ana-half” years old. His curiosity tests the patience of his loving parents and neighbors, guaranteeing that their lives are anything but dull. The comic debuted in March 1951 as a single-panel gag.

    Garfield first waddled onto the comic pages in June 1978. Self-centered and cynical, the crabby tabby hates Mondays and loves lasagna. He lives with John Arbuckle, a bumbling bachelor with a fatally flawed fashion sense, and Odie, a dopey-but-devoted dog.

    Calvin and Hobbes explores the fantasy life of six-year-old Calvin and his tiger pal, Hobbes. The inseparable friends ponder the mysteries of the world and test the fortitude of Calvin’s parents who never know where their son’s imagination will take him. The strip ran from November 1985 to December 1995.

    Image credits:
    Archie characters TM & © 2009 Archie Comic Publications, Inc. Dennis the Menace ©2010 Hank Ketchum Enterprises, Inc. Beetle Bailey ©2010 King Features Syndicate, Inc. Garfield ©Paws. All Rights Reserved. Calvin and Hobbes ©2010 Universal Press Syndicate.

  • John Canemaker: The Art and Life of Winsor McCay November 3, 2009

    Wexner Center for the Arts
    November 3, 2009
     

    Acclaimed filmmaker and animation historian John Canemaker returns for a special presentation on pioneering cartoonist and animator Winsor McCay.

    McCay is best known for his groundbreaking comic stripLittle Nemo in Slumberland and animation milestonesLittle Nemo (1911) and Gertie the Dinosaur (1914). Canemaker’s lecture will be punctuated by film clips and cartoon images and will provide insight into one of the most important popular artists of the 20th century. The lecture is in conjunction with the exhibition Winsor McCay: Legendary Cartoonist at the Cartoon Join us as John Canemaker, McCay’s biographer, presents “The Art and Life of Winsor McCay,” a talk on this legendary cartoonist.

    Admission is $7 for the general public and $5 for students and Wexner members.

    This event is co-sponsored by the Wexner Center for the Arts and the Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

  • The Cartoons of Sam Milai The Cartoons of Sam Milai October 27, 2009

    The Reading Room Gallery
    October 27, 2009
     

    Join us as Dr. Rebecca Wanzo, Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies and African American and African Studies, discusses the cartoons of Sam Milai. Milai cartooned for the Pittsburgh Courier, an influential African American newspaper, for thirty-three years. An exhibition of Milai’s cartoons from the 1960s is currently on display at the library through December 31, 2008.

    This event is free and open to the public.

  • Free Family Programs! Free Family Programs! July 19, 2009

    Hopkins Hall Gallery and Corridor
    July 19, 2009

    Bring the family and spend Sunday afternoon browsing the exhibit, attending a film, enjoying refreshments, printing a comic strip and making an authentic printer’s hat!

    12:30 – 4:40 pm  From the Yellow Kid to Conan: American Cartoons from the International Museum of Cartoon Art at the Hopkins Hall Gallery + Corridor.

    1:00 pm The Secret of N.I.M.H (1982)Wexner Center for the Arts Film/Video Theater.

    2:30 – 4:30 pm Special Events at the Hopkins Hall Gallery + Corridor: enjoy lemonade and cookies, print a comic strip with Bob Tauber, Logan Elm Press and Book Arts Program, and make an authentic newspaper printer’s hat.

    Part of the Celebrating the International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection at The Ohio State University events.

    Co-Sponsors: The Ohio State University Cartoon Library & Museum, Wexner Center for the Arts, the Department of Art Hopkins Hall Gallery + Corridor, University Libraries, and Logan Elm Press and Book Arts Program.

  • "A Whirlwind History of American Comics" followed by a gallery talk July 14, 2009

    162 Hopkins Hall
    July 14, 2009

    Join us for “A Whirlwind History of American Comics” by Dr. Jared Gardner, OSU Dept. of English, followed by a gallery talk by Professor Lucy Shelton Caswell, curator of the Cartoon Library & Museum and of the exhibit From the Yellow Kid to Conan: American Cartoons from the International Museum of Cartoon Art. The event takes place Tuesday, July 14, 2009, 7:00-9:00 pm at the Hopkins Hall, 128 North Oval Mall. Free and open to the public.

    This is part of the Celebrating the International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection events co-sponsored by The Ohio State University Cartoon Library & Museum, Wexner Center for the Arts, Department of Art Hopkins Hall Gallery + Corridor, University Libraries, and Logan Elm Press and Book Arts Program.

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