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New Exhibits! SEEING THE GREAT WAR and THE STORY OF PUCK

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The Ohio State University
Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
1813 N High St.
Columbus OH 43210-1393
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 24, 2015

Upcoming Exhibitions at The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

SEEING THE GREAT WAR

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WHAT FOOLS THESE MORTALS BE! THE STORY OF PUCK

July  25, 2015 – January 24, 2016

World War I and America’s first humor magazine are the subjects of two new exhibits opening in July at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

SEEING THE GREAT WAR: This exhibit explores the power of images generated during wartime, through the work of James Montgomery Flagg, Bud Fisher, Billy Ireland, Percy Crosby, Nell Brinkley, Frederick Burr Opper, Louis Raemaekers, and others. It will also feature Charles Schulz’ reinterpretation of the Great War’s legacy as shown through Snoopy as the Flying Ace. World War I represented a watershed in the history of warfare, both on the battlefield and in communication. The importance of the media to the American war effort was affirmed when President Woodrow Wilson signed Executive Order 2594 to form the Committee on Public Information (CPI). The CPI enforced voluntary press censorship with compliance dependent “entirely upon honor and patriotism.” Its Bureau of Cartoons published a weekly bulletin of tips and ideas that was distributed to more than 750 cartoonists nationwide. Original costumes from WWI will be displayed, as well as original art, film lobby cards, sheet music, and posters. Curated by Professor Emerita Lucy Shelton Caswell.

WHAT FOOLS THESE MORTALS BE! THE STORY OF PUCK: Discover the history and highlights of Puck, America’s first and most influential humor magazine of color political cartoons. This show presents some of Puck‘s greatest cartoons featuring politicians, personalities, and issues that dominated its forty years of publication. Puck was a training ground and showcase for some of the country’s most talented cartoonists. This exhibit will include chromolithographs by Joseph Keppler, Rose O’Neill, Frederick Opper, F.M. Howarth, Rolf Armstrong, Bernhard Gillam, J.S. Pughe, and more. As David Sloane has said in American Humor Magazine and Comic Periodicals, Puck “created a genre and established a tradition,” spawning dozens of imitators. It also led the way for that great American institution, the comics. Curated by Richard Samuel West and Michael Alexander Kahn . Their recent book, “What Fools These Mortals Be! The Story of Puck,” was published by IDW Publishing (October 2014).

 

About the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum:  The BICLM is one of The Ohio State University Libraries’ special collections. Its 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 the collections.  The BICLM recently moved into its newly-renovated 30,000 sq. ft. facility that includes a museum with three exhibition galleries, a reading room for researchers and a state-of-the-art collections storage space.   The library reading room is open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 – 5 p.m. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday from 1 – 5 p.m.  See http://cartoons.osu.edu/ for further information.

A Note on Recently Auctioned Calvin & Hobbes Artwork

Thanks to some dear friends and fans of The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, it has come to our attention that there were recently three “original” Calvin & Hobbes comic strips listed for sale on eBay.

As many of you know, the Bill Watterson Deposit Collection lives here at The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, and it contains the majority of original Calvin & Hobbes artwork.  We do have the originals of all three items recently posted as original art for sale on eBay, and they are safe in our high-security stacks.

If you see a Calvin and Hobbes comic strip for sale and would like to know if we have the original, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We will be glad to let you know which originals are in the collection here.  Although we are not appraisers and cannot authenticate work, we are here to help and advise as best we can.

Seen below is a comparison of one of Watterson’s works that was listed for sale on eBay (bottom) next to the actual original from our archive (top). A close look like this reveals many discrepancies, including different punctuation, date placement, inferior lettering, and more.

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We strongly encourage folks to continue collecting and sharing the incredible history of the cartoon art form, and there are lots of opportunities to do so through reputable dealers and auction houses. Shop smart, and let us know how we can help!

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