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A Gallery of Rogues: Cartoonists’ Self-caricatures

An Exhibition at The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
January 15-April 15, 2011

Mark J. Cohen, 1942-1999, started collecting cartoons when he was fourteen.  His interest in self-caricatures by cartoonists grew from the chance discovery of an exhibition catalogue of artists’ self-portraits in a used book store.  The collection of cartoonists’ self-caricatures that resulted, thought to be the largest collection of its kind, was bequeathed to The Ohio State University by Cohen.

For many years, portions of Cohen’s self-caricature collection toured in three different national exhibitions, including one organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.  In the introduction to the exhibition catalogue for The Face Behind the Laugh, Cohen wrote, “Some of the cartoonists’ self-caricatures offer an interesting glimpse into how they see themselves relating to their work.”  Visitors to this exhibit are encouraged to look carefully to find these connections in the self-caricatures that are displayed.  Among the cartoonists whose self-caricatures are included are Charles Schulz (Peanuts), Jim Borgman (Zits), and underground cartoonist R. Crumb.

The title for this exhibit was provided by Milton Caniff in a letter to Cohen after he had seen an exhibit of the self-caricatures in 1976: “I greatly enjoyed my look at the self-portraits.  All of us rogues in one gallery!”

About the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum:  Our primary mission is to develop a comprehensive research collection of materials documenting American printed cartoon art (editorial cartoons, comic strips, comic books, graphic novels, sports cartoons, and magazine cartoons) and to provide access to these collections.  The library is open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  It is free and open to the public.  See https://cartoons.osu.edu/ for further information. The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is located at 27 W. 17th Avenue just north of the Wexner Center’s main entrance.  Parking is available at the Ohio Union garage.

Contact the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum for an image to accompany this release.

Contact: Jenny E, Robb
Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
023L Wexner, 27 W. 17th Avenue Mall
Columbus OH 43210-1393


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