Current Exhibits

  • Treasures from the Collections of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Treasures from the Collections of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum November 2, 2019 - May 3, 2020

    Closed Mondays, during exhibit installations, and holidays. Before your visit, see Hours for all closings. 

    This permanent exhibit features a selection of exceptional artwork and artifacts highlighting the breadth and depth of our collections.

  • Ladies First: A Century of Women's Innovations in Comics and Cartoon Art Ladies First: A Century of Women's Innovations in Comics and Cartoon Art November 2, 2019 - May 3, 2020

    [Party Scene}by Mary Fleener, 1982

    Closed Mondays, during exhibit installations, and holidays. Before your visit, see Hours for all closings. 

    From the first female political cartoonist and the first female-created superhero, to the feminist voices that emerged from underground and alternative comics, Ladies First: A Century of Women’s Innovations in Comics and Cartoon Art  is a celebration of how women have defined the field of comics and cartoon art for generations.

    Women have always pushed cartoon art forward. A century ago, suffragettes transformed cartooning to champion their cause. In the booming newspaper comic strip era, artists like Jackie Ormes, Nell Brinkley, and Rose O’Neil found enormous success marketing and licensing their characters into products that would influence young people for decades. Contemporary artists carve out a place between fact and fiction to share deeply personal stories in underground comix, graphic novels and anthologies.

    Drawing on women’s voices from the margins to the center, this exhibit surveys women’s innovations in comics and cartoon art, tracking their contributions to the field. Included are works from early suffragette cartoonists, the queens of the comic strip pages, mainstream comic book artists, communities of self-published minicomics creators, and everyone in between.

    The exhibit features works by Nina Allender, Dale Messick, Edwina Dumm, Aline Kominsky Crumb, Nell Brinkley, Lynda Barry, June Tarpe Mills, Dori Seda, Barbara Brandon-Croft, Trina Robbins, Marie Severin, Rose O’Neil, Jackie Ormes, Lynn Johnston, Liana Finck, Wendy Pini, Kate Salley Palmer, Carta Monir, Alison Bechdel and dozens more.

    Ladies First ushers in the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment and calls attention to the transformative work of women artists in the field of cartooning then and now.

  • Drawn to Presidents: Portraits and Satiric Drawings by Drew Friedman Drawn to Presidents: Portraits and Satiric Drawings by Drew Friedman November 2, 2019 - February 9, 2020

    Abraham Lincoln by Drew Friedman (All the Presidents, Fantagraphics, 2019)

    Closed Mondays, during exhibit installations, and holidays. Before your visit, see Hours for all closings. 

    Pennsylvania-based illustrator Drew Friedman has employed his intensely realistic, warts-and-all style of caricature to satirize celebrity and authority for four decades. In his latest book from Fantagraphics, All the Presidents, Friedman points his pen at the exclusive club of the United States presidents.

    This exhibit features the original artwork created by Friedman for All the Presidents, as well as his presidential-themed original art created for, among others, SPY, MAD, TIME, Newsweek, The New Yorker, The New Republic, The New York Observer, and TOPPS “Wacky Packs.”

    Building on a centuries-old tradition of cartoonists satirizing those in power, Friedman’s influences include Edward Sorel, Robert Grossman, Mort Drucker, David Levine, and more.

    A reception and program, Spotlight on Drew Friedman (In Conversation with C.F. Payne), to celebrate the opening of this exhibition will be held at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum on Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. More information on this event is here.