Cartooning Master Class and Lecture with Stephen R. Bissette!

HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER: Cartooning Master Class with STEPHEN R. BISSETTE

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7pm, Monday April 28th, 2014
Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum – Will Eisner Seminar Room, Second Floor
General Public – $15
OSU Students – $10 (with Buck ID present)
Registrationhttp://cartoons.osu.edu/registration/

We’re thrilled to announce an additional event to Stephen R. Bissette’s April visit to the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum – a cartooning master class! Seating is limited to 30, so sign up now! Not a cartoonist? Join in anyway- sit back and take notes as the master works his craft.

Stephen R. Bissette will present a chalk-talk and drawing demo on the basics of drawing dinosaurs, monsters, and zombies. Three primal forms—saurian, non-human creature, and skeletal human forms—will be presented and worked through in a step-by-step fashion, including tips on creating your own variations on traditional tropes.

Please provide your own supplies.

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STEPHEN R. BISSETTE: Swamp Thing and the Birth, Life, and Death of the 
Comics Code Authority


7pm, Tuesday April 29th, 2014

Wexner Film/Video Theater
FREE FOR ALL AUDIENCES

Veteran comics artist, writer, editor, publisher, and Center for Cartoon Studies instructor Stephen R. Bissette is perhaps best known for his landmark collaboration with writer Alan Moore and artists John Totleben and Rick Veitch on DC Comics’ Saga of the Swamp Thing (1983–87). Many credit that run as a catalyst to the demise of the Comics Code Authority (1954–2011), the mainstream comics industry’s self-regulatory institution formed in response to social, commercial, and Congressional pressure after the spring 1954 publication of Seduction of the Innocent by psychologist Dr. Fredric Wertham. On this 60th anniversary of Wertham’s book and the Comics Code’s initiation, Bissette reflects upon the controversy, launch, and impact of the Code and its eventual dismantling.

For more information visit: http://wexarts.org/film-video/swamp-thing-and-birth-life-and-death-comics-code
Visit the Facebook page for this event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/726968467347491/

Co-sponsored by the Wexner Center for the Arts and The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

Additionally, we are thrilled to be making this announcement during the ongoing Will Eisner celebration this March, held annually in association with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the fighters of free speech in comics.

Sneak Preview of tonight’s Bill Watterson and Richard Thompson Exhibition Debut!

Wet your appetite for tonight!  Join us FRIDAY, MARCH 21st
6-8PM
THE BILLY IRELAND CARTOON LIBRARY & MUSEUM:

Exploring Calvin and Hobbes


The Irresistible Force 
Meets
the 
Immovable Object:

A Richard Thompson Retrospective

For more info visit: http://tinyurl.com/l9kdo23

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/431754650261009/

STEPHEN R. BISSETTE: Swamp Thing and the Birth, Life, and Death of the Comics Code Authority

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STEPHEN R. BISSETTE: Swamp Thing and the Birth, Life, and Death
of the 
Comics Code Authority

7pm, Tuesday April 29th, 2014
Wexner Film/Video Theater
FREE FOR ALL AUDIENCES

Veteran comics artist, writer, editor, publisher, and Center for Cartoon Studies instructor Stephen R. Bissette is perhaps best known for his landmark collaboration with writer Alan Moore and artists John Totleben and Rick Veitch on DC Comics’ Saga of the Swamp Thing (1983–87). Many credit that run as a catalyst to the demise of the Comics Code Authority (1954–2011), the mainstream comics industry’s self-regulatory institution formed in response to social, commercial, and Congressional pressure after the spring 1954 publication of Seduction of the Innocent by psychologist Dr. Fredric Wertham. On this 60th anniversary of Wertham’s book and the Comics Code’s initiation, Bissette reflects upon the controversy, launch, and impact of the Code and its eventual dismantling.

For more information visit: http://wexarts.org/film-video/swamp-thing-and-birth-life-and-death-comics-code
Visit the Facebook page for this event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/726968467347491/

Co-sponsored by the Wexner Center for the Arts and The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

Additionally, we are thrilled to be making this announcement during the ongoing Will Eisner celebration this March, held annually in association with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the fighters of free speech in comics.

EVENTS – FRANK SANTORO : FROM GRID TO SPREAD

 

The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is thrilled to be partnering with the Humanities Institute’s working group Rough Draft to bring in Pittsburgh cartoonist and captain of his own Correspondence Course, Frank Santoro.

This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
To ensure the availability of space, if you plan to attend we ask that you please RSVP at cartoonevents@osu.edu

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Grand Opening Festival Update!

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Cartoon Library friends and fans, we’re coming up for a breath of air during the final stretch of planning for our Grand Opening Festival of Cartoon Art to let you know that the rumors are true: Festival registration has sold out and is now closed.

But fear not! There are still MANY ways to celebrate with us that weekend, and tickets are available to individual events:

  • The Academic Conference on Thursday and Friday are free and open to the public, up to and including the Henry Jenkins keynote speech! We’re thrilled to have renowned comics scholars from all over the world joining us for two days of panels and papers focusing on the strengths and special features of the Cartoon Library’s unparalleled collection. The Thursday and Friday conference schedule can be seen here.
  • Tickets for our kickoff program In Conversation: Paul Pope and Jeff Smith are ON SALE NOW through the Wexner Center for the Arts! Join us for a conversation between internationally acclaimed cartoonists and Ohio State University alumni Jeff Smith (Bone, RASL) and Paul Pope (THB, Heavy Liquid, Batman Year 100) as they discuss their extraordinary careers and reflect on the importance of comics history. $5 general public, Free for Ohio State students with BUCK ID
  • Tickets for our keynote event An Evening with the Hernandez Bros are ON SALE NOW through the Wexner Center for the Arts! Join us on Saturday, November 16th for a conversation between alternative comics legends Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez as they discuss their groundbreaking series Love & Rockets and their ongoing stories about Latino and Latina life, love, and punk rock on both sides of the border. $5 general public, Free for Ohio State students with BUCK ID
  • On November 1st, a very limited number of tickets will go on sale through the Wexner Center for the Arts for the individual Saturday and Sunday events including talks by Matt Bors, Eddie Campbell, Stephan Pastis, Brian Basset, and Kazu Kibuishi. Individual tickets will also go on sale that day for the Stripped screening and panel with Patrick McDonnell, Hilary Price, and Dylan Meconis, and the Looney Tunes Afternoon with Jeff Smith. Tickets for each event will be $5
    *When we say limited, we mean limited, so be sure to check the Wexner Center for the Arts ticket office early that day! https://wexarts.org/tickets
  • On Wednesday, November 15th the Wexner Center for the Arts will be screening The Art of Spiegelman (Clara Kuperberg & Joelle Oosterlinck, 2010) preceded by Every Tuesday: A Portrait of The New Yorker Cartoonists (Rachel Loube, 2012) as part of the 2013 Columbus Jewish Film Festival. Tickets are on sale now through the Columbus JCC.
    For more information: http://wexarts.org/film-video/art-spiegelman
  • The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Galleries will be officially open to the public for the very first time on Saturday, November 16th and Sunday, November 17th from 10am-5pm. On view will be our debut exhibit Substance and Shadow: The Art of the Cartoon curated by Brian Walker, and Treasures from the Collections of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. For more information on the exhibits visit: http://cartoons.osu.edu/FCA/2013/exhibits
  • Limited space is still available for our Sunday Youth Programming events:
    -Ariol: Just a Donkey Youth ages 8-10 are invited to spend the morning with French cartoonist Marc Boutavant for a cartooning workshop based on his award-winning series Ariol.
    To register contact Caitlin McGurk at mcgurk.17@osu.edu – 614-292-1134
    -Teen Wex Lab: Comics Drawing Jam A comics drawing workshop for teens organized by the Wexner Center for the Arts, as well as a chat with Kazu Kibuishi!
    To register contact Jean Pitman at jpitman@wexarts.org

We’ve been so amazed and grateful for the incredible response we’ve received about the Festival this year, and can’t wait to party with you all in less than one month! Stay tuned for more updates.

*Festival artwork by Paul Hornschemeier

Call for Cartoon Library Volunteers for June 8th!

Original editorial cartoon by Arnold Roth. From the Arnold Roth Deposit Collection, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

Original editorial cartoon by Arnold Roth. From the Arnold Roth Deposit Collection, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

Our Volunteer Day in April was such a huge success, that we’re ready and raring to go for round two!
Join us as we uncover hidden comic strip treasures from the United Media Syndicate Archives, as part of our preparation of the collections for our big move this summer. We need assistance unpacking, discarding acidic packing materials, sorting, and re-housing 300 boxes of proofs in new acid-free containers before our expansion into Sullivant Hall.  This collection contains thousands of comic strip proofs straight from the syndicate, ranging from the 1930s through 2000!

No experience necessary.  Training will be provided before we get started.  Don’t miss this chance to be a part of preserving the world of comics!
…And to get a free lunch!

When: Saturday, June 8th, 2013
               10am-4pm

 Where: Ackerman Special Collections Storage Area
               610 Ackerman Rd.
               Columbus, OH 43202
               *Parking and lunch will be provided

Hope to see you there!
To sign up to volunteer, contact Wendy Pflug or Susan Liberator: 614-292-0538 or cartoons@osu.edu
Be a Cartoon Library hero.

Call for Cartoon Library Volunteers!

Original editorial cartoon by Arnold Roth. From the Arnold Roth Deposit Collection, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

Original editorial cartoon by Arnold Roth. From the Arnold Roth Deposit Collection, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

Calling all Cartoon Library friends and fans!
We need your help!

Join us as we uncover hidden comic strip treasures from the United Media Syndicate Archives, as part of our preparation of the collections for our big move this summer. We need assistance unpacking, discarding acidic packing materials, sorting, and re-housing 300 boxes of proofs in new acid-free containers before our expansion into Sullivant Hall.  This collection contains thousands of comic strip proofs straight from the syndicate, ranging from the 1930s through 2000!

No experience necessary.  Training will be provided before we get started.  Don’t miss this chance to be a part of preserving the world of comics!
…And to get a free lunch!

When: Saturday, April 27, 2013
               10am-4pm

 Where: Ackerman Special Collections Storage Area
               610 Ackerman Rd.
               Columbus, OH 43202
               *Parking and lunch will be provided

Hope to see you there!
To sign up to volunteer, contact Wendy Pflug or Susan Liberator: 614-292-0538 or cartoons@osu.edu
Be a Cartoon Library hero.

OPEN HOUSE at The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

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Please join us this Friday, April 12th from 5-7pm at The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum where we will be opening up our doors to the public for a free open-house event to coincide with the 2013 Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo (SPACE).

Enjoy the gallery exhibition A. B. Walker’s World, along with behind-the-scenes tours of the library stacks and a display of treasures from our collection, including original art from Jeff Smith’s “Bone”, Winsor McCay’s “Little Nemo in Slumberland”, Bill Watterson’s “Calvin and Hobbes”, Frank Miller’s “Daredevil”, Jack Kirby, Walt Kelly, P. Craig Russell, George Herriman, and so many more!

This will be the last chance for a backstage look at our current facility before our big move into Sullivant Hall this summer. Hope to see you there!

For information on parking and locating the Cartoon Library, please see our Visit Us page.

Girl Scouts of the USA – Troop 303 Hastings Middle School!

Happy Friday, beloved Cartoon Library blog followers! You may have noticed that our blog has a new look — we’d love to get your feedback on it in the comments section.

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Our gift to you this weekend is even more eternally-inspiration photos of our most recent visit from the Girl Scouts of the USA! Troop 303 of the Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Council came by from Hastings Middle School to earn their Cadette Comic Artist Badge by learning all about women in comics, methods of self-publishing, re-purposing materials, and storytelling techniques. As usual, the afternoon culminated in each Junior Girl Scout producing an amazing 8 page comic out of one sheet of paper. To learn more about our involvement with the Girl Scouts of America in the Cartoon Library, visit our past posts here and here.

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The Girls poured over dozens of mini-comics, Stephenny Godfrey’s epic fold-out comic Panorama being an especially big hit with this group. Click to enlarge the images below!

Reeling with ideas, they set to work on their comics, some girls even finishing two or three during our session!

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Congratulations to the awesome cartoonists of Troop 303 on their first self published works!

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For information about starting a small-press collection at your library, or bringing a Girl Scout troop into our library, please contact Caitlin McGurk at mcgurk.17@osu.edu

Narrative Medicine: A Film & Comix Series

Over the next month, the Cartoon Library is thrilled to be cosponsoring the Wexner Center’s: Narrative Medicine: A Film & Comix Series

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Find out why medical students and practitioners are turning to the humanities (especially narrative studies of literature, film, and comix), and see how the arts and humanities have often honed in on stories of patients, doctors, and other health care practitioners. This series of screenings and events illuminates an exciting new “narrative medicine” movement based on the premise that narrative competence enhances medical competence even as medical experiences reshape narrative forms. The series complements a two-day multidisciplinary conference.

On March 28th at 7pm in the Wexner Film & Video Center, join us for Ezra Claytan Daniels‘ presentation of Upgrade Soul:UpgradeSoulPromoEzra Claytan Daniels’s new digital comic Upgrade Soul tells the story of Hank and Molly Nonnar, wealthy science buffs who decide to fund a risky, experimental genetic therapy to rejuvenate the human body.There’s only one condition: They must be first in line to receive it. When dangerous complications develop, a battle for psychological dominance begins.

In this event, Daniels presents a live, interactive version of his format-busting comic with live musical accompaniment by Alexis Gideon, who performed with his own animated work at the Wexner Center last October. (app. 70 mins., digital projection)

For more information, or to buy tickets in advance, visit the Wexner Center website:
http://wexarts.org/fv/index.php?eventid=6889

On Thursday, April 4th at 4pm in the Wexner Film & Video Center, we’re honored to bring in David Small, cartoonist and author of Stitches:
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Join David Small as he discusses his award-winning graphic novel Stitches (2009), a harrowing memoir of the botched childhood surgery that left him virtually mute. Stitches follows Small’s journey from the upsetting circumstances that necessitated the surgery, through adolescent hell, to the unbelievable recovery he achieved through his art.

For more information, or to buy tickets in advance, visit the Wexner Center website:
http://wexarts.org/fv/index.php?eventid=6891