Past Exhibits

  • Behind the Ink: The Making of Comics and Cartoons Behind the Ink: The Making of Comics and Cartoons December 16, 2023 - May 5, 2024

    How are comics made? How are they printed? What tools do cartoonists use, and how have they changed over time? How do writers, inkers, colorists, letterers, and editors all work together?  

    Cartoonists transform lines into words and pictures that tell meaningful and entertaining stories, whether they take the form of hard-hitting political cartoons, humorous comic strips, poignant animated films, or action-packed superhero comic books. The process of making comics and cartoon art of all kinds has evolved over time as technology has advanced. This exhibit provides a journey through the different techniques and methods used by cartoonists from the idea’s inception to the final published product that you, the reader, consume.  

    The works in this exhibit are drawn from the permanent collections of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, thanks to many generous donors. 

    Curated by Jenny Robb, Caitlin McGurk, and Anne Drozd 

  • Depicting Mexico and Modernism: Gordo by Gus Arriola // Representando México y el modernismo: Gordo de Gus Arriola Depicting Mexico and Modernism: Gordo by Gus Arriola // Representando México y el modernismo: Gordo de Gus Arriola December 13, 2023 - May 5, 2024

    As the first retrospective on Gordo (1941-1985), this exhibit celebrates the dazzling artistry of Mexican-American cartoonist Gustavo ‘Gus’ Arriola (1917-2008).

    Gordo was a long-running syndicated comic strip in 270 U.S. newspapers and the most visible ethnic comic strip of its time. With the inclusion of Spanish words, Gordo was meant to be the Mexican Li’l Abner. At the onset, the titular Gordo Salazar Lopez, the bean farmer, reflected Hollywood’s regrettable stereotype of the lazy Mexican. In 1959, Arriola changed Gordo’s profession to a tour guide driving Halley’s Comet, a Mexican ‘colectivo’ (bus), slowly transforming the character. Later, Arriola took his first trip to Mexico where he immersed himself in Mexican culture and modernist art, influencing how he would draw the strip.

    Depicting Mexico and Modernism offers the opportunity to look at the visually stunning Gordo and see firsthand Arriola’s development as a modernist Mexican-American artist who used the comics page to celebrate and share his Mexican heritage with American readers.

    Curated by Nhora Lucía Serrano, the exhibition consists of animation made by Bret Olsen, and works on loan from Mark Burstein, Jim Guida, Lalo Alcaraz, Hector D. Cantú, Carlos Castellanos, and from the collections of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at The Ohio State University.

    RECEPTION AND PROGRAM

    Join us on Saturday, January 20 for a reception to celebrate the opening of this exhibition and a program featuring Hector D. Cantú and Frederick Luis Aldama.

    More info is here: https://cartoons.osu.edu/events/depicting-mexico-and-modernism-gordo-by-gus-arriola-exhibition-opening-reception-program/

  • Treasures from the Collections of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Treasures from the Collections of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum December 13, 2023 - May 5, 2024

    The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum houses the world’s largest collection of materials related to cartoons and comics, including original art, books, magazines, journals, comic books, archival materials, toys and merchandise, newspaper comic strip pages and clippings. This permanent exhibit features a selection of exceptional artwork and artifacts highlighting the breadth and depth of our collections.

     

     

  • Facing Feelings: The Art of Raina Telgemeier Facing Feelings: The Art of Raina Telgemeier May 24, 2023 - November 19, 2023

    ***EXHIBITION EXTENDED TO NOVEMBER 19, 2023***

    Facing Feelings: The Art of Raina Telgemeier is a retrospective featuring original artwork spanning over 20 years of Telgemeier’s career, including New York Times bestsellers Smile, Drama, Sisters, Ghosts and Guts and some of her earlier works. Also on display are works by artists who influenced Telgemeier and show great skill in depicting human emotions, including Keiji Nakazawa, Lynn Johnston, Robb Armstrong, Bill Watterson, Lynda Barry, Will Eisner, and more.

  • MAN SAVES COMICS!  Bill Blackbeard’s Treasure of 20th Century Newspapers MAN SAVES COMICS! Bill Blackbeard’s Treasure of 20th Century Newspapers November 12, 2022 - May 7, 2023

     

    DONATE NOW TO HELP US SAVE COMICS!

    Twenty-five years ago, six semi-trucks arrived at The Ohio State University. They contained the world’s most comprehensive collection of newspaper comic strips and cartoons, totaling 75 tons of material. Bill Blackbeard, a comics historian, and collector, had amassed this vast and unparalleled collection in his San Francisco home starting in 1967. Discarded by libraries in favor of microfilm, these invaluable historical documents provide a unique view of popular culture at the start of the 20th century, when illustrated newspaper pages and comic strips were at the heart of visual culture and communication. Blackbeard’s heroic efforts to rescue and preserve this material are celebrated in this exhibition, as well as an exploration of the process for printing turn-of-the-century newspapers.

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