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Workshop: Popular Visual Culture and Migration in the Mediterranean Region

Popular Visual Culture and Migration in the Mediterranean Region
Wednesday, April 15 – 2-4pm


Please join us on Wednesday, April 15th from 2-4pm for a workshop exploring the visual culture of migration in the Mediterranean region.

We will be viewing and discussing cartoons, graphic novels, and street art from Algeria, Morocco, France, Italy, Lebanon, and Israel / Palestine that depict migration, immigration, and the interaction of diverse cultures. We will also be considering how iconic images circulate between the page and other public contexts. Participants in this workshop will hone close visual reading skills alongside cultural knowledge, both related to the themes of migration, immigration, borders, and exile in a Mediterranean context.


This is a great chance to explore the rich holdings of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum and OSU Libraries pertaining to migration in the Mediterranean region. Knowledge of French and Arabic will be helpful, but not necessary.

This workshop is open to all but since space and time are limited we suggest registering. Please email Poppy Thornton at to register and receive pre-workshop suggested readings.

FREE and open to the public.


The Will Eisner Graphic Novel Reading Group – MARCH Book 2

Last week the comics world celebrated the birthday of one of the most important figures in our medium’s history: Will Eisner. The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum has been the home of the Will Eisner Collection for more than a decade, and has continued to honor his legacy as recently as this past summer through fall with the highly acclaimed exhibit Will Eisner: 75 Years of Storytelling.


Self-portrait. Will Eisner Collection, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

We are happy to announce that in celebration of the month of Will’s birth, we will be having our first Will Eisner Graphic Novel Reading Group, held on March 30th at 1pm in the Will Eisner Seminar Room (what better location could we ask for?)

This brown-bag lunch is free and open to the public, and will be dedicated to the discussion of the graphic novel MARCH Book 2, the second release in the series of Congressman John Lewis’ three part memoir, created with co-author Andrew Aydin and cartoonist Nate Powell. 

The exhibit Will Eisner: 75 Years of Storytelling was on display at the same time as The Long March: Civil Rights in Cartoons and Comics, during which time the creators of MARCH visited BICLM and gave a packed-house lecture at The Ohio Union. What better way to bring the themes of those two fantastic exhibits back to the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum than with a reading of the Congressman’s new graphic novel, during a time of celebration for the man who popularized that very form of memoir (Eisner).

We hope to see you then!

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