UPCOMING EXHIBIT: CALVIN & HOBBES AND RICHARD THOMPSON

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Contact: Caitlin McGurk
The Ohio State University
Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
1813 N. High Street
Columbus OH 43210-1343
614-292-0538
cartoons@osu.edu

For Immediate Release: February 7, 2014

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Announces Two New Exhibitions:

Exploring Calvin and Hobbes

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The Irresistible Force Meets the Immovable Object: A Richard Thompson Retrospective

March 22 – August 3, 2014

 

Two new exhibitions of original art by cartoonists Bill Watterson and Richard Thompson will delight fans of Calvin and Hobbes and Cul De Sac. The exhibitions open March 22 at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (BICLM) and will be on display through August 3, 2014.  An opening reception on Friday, March 21 from 6 – 8 p.m. is free and open to the public.  The companion shows provide a unique opportunity to see the original art of these two gifted cartoonists, who are friends and admirers of each other’s work.

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Exploring Calvin and Hobbes revisits the beloved comic strip created by Watterson from 1985 to 1995. The exhibition will feature original Calvin and Hobbes dailies and Sundays as well as specialty pieces by Watterson from his collection of more than 3,000 originals housed at the BICLM. This is only the second exhibition devoted to Calvin and Hobbes, which appeared in 2,400 newspapers worldwide at the height of its popularity.  Watterson won the National Cartoonists Society’s prestigious Reuben Award for “Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year” in both 1986 and 1988.

Six-year-old Calvin, named after the 16th-century theologian John Calvin, has a vivid imagination; an aversion to homework, chores, and girls; and a penchant for discussing the meaning of life.  Hobbes, named for the 17th-century British philosopher Thomas Hobbes, appears to most of the strips’ characters as a stuffed animal, but from Calvin’s perspective, he is a living, breathing—sometimes even dangerous—tiger.  He’s also a best friend, a playmate, a co-conspirator, and occasionally the voice of reason.  The strip follows the two as they navigate the bumpy ride of life, surrounded by a supporting cast that includes Calvin’s parents, his neighbor Susie, his babysitter Rosalyn, the school bully Moe, and his teacher, Mrs. Wormwood.

The exhibition, curated by BICLM curator Jenny E. Robb, explores Watterson’s mastery of the comic strip art form through engaging characters, thoughtful writing, and creative layouts.  It will also include original art by cartoonists who influenced Watterson, chosen by the artist from the BICLM’s collection, such as Charles Schulz, George Herriman, Jim Borgman, Berkeley Breathed, Garry Trudeau, and Ralph Steadman.

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The 2011 winner of the Reuben Award for “Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year,” will be featured in the second exhibition, The Irresistible Force Meets the Immovable Object: A Richard Thompson Retrospective. This exhibit, curated by Caitlin McGurk, will not only include gorgeously hand-watercolored Sunday originals and black-and-white dailies from Thompson’s popular comic strip Cul de Sac, but will celebrate his lesser-known abilities as a master of caricature, gags, and editorial cartoons— both as cartoonist and painter.

The six-year run of Cul de Sac serves as an insightful, humorous, and at times sentimental illustration of suburban family life on the outskirts of the city, and therefore a meditation on the tiny and sacred universe we form with our family outside of the rest of the world.  The strip orbits around the activities of sibling child characters Alice and Petey Otterloop.  In an interview with Mike Rhode in 2008, Thompson explained, “Let’s have a comic strip with kids, because comic strips are only this big now, so if you can fit somebody into it, it better be a kid. I thought the kids should be the opposite—a small child who’s the unstoppable force and the brother who’s the immovable object and the way they collide would make some humor.”

This sentiment has grown to have a double meaning, as Thompson had to discontinue the strip in September 2012 due to the advancement of his Parkinson’s disease. Thompson’s work continues to be celebrated in the upcoming release of The Complete Cul de Sac and The Art of Richard Thompson (both to be published by Andrews McMeel), the $100,000 that was raised and donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation in Richard’s name by the Team Cul de Sac project, and this exhibition, the most extensive display of his work to date.

 

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.  Seehttp://cartoons.osu.edu/ for further information.

“Dick Tracy” Collection Donated to the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

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Contact: Caitlin McGurk
The Ohio State University
Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
1813 N. High Street
Columbus OH 43210-1343
614-292-0538
cartoons@osu.edu

For Immediate Release: February 4, 2014

“DICK TRACY” COLLECTION DONATED TO THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY BILLY IRELAND CARTOON LIBRARY & MUSEUM

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The family of the late Dick Tracy cartoonist Chester Gould has donated a substantial collection of original Dick Tracy comic strips and related materials to The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (BICLM). Gould wrote and drew Dick Tracy, one of the most popular and successful newspaper comic strips of all time, from 1931 until his retirement in 1977.

Chester Gould’s daughter, Jean Gould O’Connell, along with her son Tracy O’Connell and daughter Sue Sanders, made the decision to gift the Chester Gould Collection to Ohio State. The collection consists of more than 850 original Dick Tracy comic strips along with 64 original Sunday strips. Highlights include the original art for the first 30 days of the strip and Gould’s drawing board on whichDick Tracy was created, written and drawn for 46 years.

“As I got older, the time had come for me to make a decision about where to place my father’s work,” said Jean Gould O’Connell. “After traveling to Ohio State, my family and I were extremely impressed with the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. I know my father would have been very proud to have his work in such a prestigious place.”

Added Tracy O’Connell, “The material left our family with emotion, but with the knowledge my grandfather’s work will be accessible to the public as he originally intended.” The Chester Gould Collection will be housed in BICLM’s secure, climate-controlled storage space, which is part of the new library and museum facility. The materials will be catalogued and made available to researchers in the coming months.

“We are truly honored that Mrs. O’Connell has entrusted the Gould family’s collection to us,” said BICLM’s Curator and Associate Professor Jenny E. Robb. “These works of art and unique historical materials will delight researchers, fans, and visitors, and will be preserved for future generations to enjoy.”

Ohio State Vice Provost and Director of Libraries Carol Pitts Diedrichs said the enormously popular strip is a welcome addition to the BICLM collection. “It is wonderful that such a noteworthy donation as this is being added to the largest collection of cartoon art and comics material in the world,” said Diedrichs. “As one of the treasures of the BICLM, the Gould Collection can be viewed and studied by students and scholars from around the world.”

The Comic Art Price Guide author Jerry Weist wrote about the significance of the Dick Tracy comic strip, saying, “Anchored by some of the strongest inking in the history of comic strip art, Gould created a timeless black and white world of good versus evil that still captivates the art-lover’s eye today – and his story pacing is impeccable, with some of the most suspenseful and gruesome sequences of any comic strip.”

“To think that my grandfather’s creation, Dick Tracy, will be enjoyed and shared by generations to come is most exciting,” said Sue Sanders. “It gives us comfort in knowing his work will be respected, treasured and beautifully cared for at the museum.”

The collection is currently being catalogued and will be on display in the near future. Visit our website at http://cartoons.osu.edu for updates.

Chester Gould's drawing table and tabaret, on display at the entrance to our Treasures Gallery.

Chester Gould’s drawing table and tabaret, on display at the entrance to our Treasures Gallery.

 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 these 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 from 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 1-5 pm. See  http://cartoons.osu.edu for further information.

About The Ohio State University: The Ohio State University is a dynamic community of diverse resources, where opportunity thrives and where individuals transform themselves and the world. Founded in 1870, Ohio State is a world-class public research university and the leading comprehensive teaching and research institution in the state of Ohio. With more than 63,000 students (including 57, 000 in Columbus), the Wexner Medical Center, 14 colleges, 80 centers and 175 majors, the university offers its students tremendous breadth and depth of opportunity in the liberal arts, the sciences and the professions.

A Prophetic Vision of the 20th Century by J. Campbell Cory, 1901

Happy New Year, everybody! 2013 proved to be one of the biggest years in history for the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, and we can’t thank you enough for your patience during our move this summer, and your undying support in celebrating our incredible new home with us this Fall! We know that 2014 only holds even bigger and better opportunities for us, and we’re excited to share them all with you in the coming months.

Below, an original tearsheet (which is currently on exhibit in our Treasures gallery) from January 6, 1901 by J. Campbell Cory for the New York World. Unfortunately by 2014 we still haven’t mastered teleportation, let alone by 1987 as he predicts…

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J. Campbell Cory tearsheet for the New York World. From the San Francisco Academy of Comic Art Collection, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

See you all in 2014!

Happy Holidays from Arnold Roth and the Cartoon Library!

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Arnold Roth, Original art from National Lampoon. Arnold Roth Deposit Collection, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

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Arnold Roth, Original art from National Lampoon. Arnold Roth Deposit Collection, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

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Arnold Roth, Original art from National Lampoon. Arnold Roth Deposit Collection, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

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Arnold Roth, Original art from National Lampoon. Arnold Roth Deposit Collection, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

 

Comics Classes at OSU!

In the wake of the incredible 2013 Grand Opening Festival of Cartoon Art, we’ve had nothing but endless good things coming our way, with lots of exciting news to announce soon!

First, a huge thank you again to everyone who attended the Festival- we only look forward to continuing to serve and expand the comics community with engaging programming and powerful exhibits. An additional thanks goes out to our friends at the The Wexner Center for the Arts and Jared Gardner for making this all possible, to all of our generous donors!

If you haven’t checked them out yet, you can see images from the Festival on our Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Facebook Page.

We’re also happy to announce TWO fabulous new OSU courses on comics that will be taught in the Will Eisner Seminar Room at the new Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum in the new year! If you’re an OSU student and happen to be reading this, there is still a small number of spaces available in these classes so be sure to sign up soon! More info below:

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English 2275: Pictures That Tick – Difficult History in Comics
Ben Owen
Spring 2014

Over the last three decades, a number of comics creators have used the lowly status of the comic book to their own advantage. By drawing true-life events in a medium that has no standing or credibility to claim the truth, they have been able to pose profound and urgent questions about how memory and history operate. Turning the gleeful taboo-trouncing of the underground comix movement to autobiographical and historical subjects, these artists have rendered shockingly visible bodies, acts, and histories that have otherwise remained hidden and untellable. The best artists working in comics right now tackle our skepticism towards comics—and towards drawn images generally—head on, posing a set of fascinating and bizarre questions, such as:

  • How do you tell a story from Auschwitz using funny animals?
  • Why draw war journalism when the war will be over long before you’ve finished drawing?
  • What color is your father’s death?

In this class we will seek to understand the varied and formally inventive answers artists have provided to those questions, and more importantly how those answers make us rethink not only artistic form, but also the ways in which we come to know history. New histories demand new forms for telling history, and the works we will look at in this class demonstrate a wide range of experiments in telling.

We will look at prominent works of comics autobiography, journalism, and history by creators such as Spiegelman, Alison Bechdel, Marjane Satrapi, Joe Sacco, Alan Moore, Lynda Barry and Neil Gaiman as well as lesser-known but influential work by Carol Tyler, Justin Green, and Phoebe Gloeckner. Our class discussions will touch on child abuse, survivor’s guilt, queer archives, the breakup of Yugoslavia, Jack the Ripper, September 11, the Iranian revolution, and scary puppets. Looking at these topics will necessarily lead to discussions of memory, justice, morality, the philosophy of history, and the ethics of aesthetic representation.

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English 5194: Comics & Time
Jared Gardner
Spring 2014

Time, history and memory is the dominant obsession of graphic narrative. For more than a century–and even before Einstein articulated his challenge to Newtonian time–comics have been exploring alternate models of time and multiple models for imagining it, navigating it, and  narrating it. This course will focus on late 20th- and early 21st- century graphic narratives that explore time as a central problem. This seminar is open to graduate and upper-level graduate students.

 

…Well, I know what classes I’ll be auditing this Spring!

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

…And we’re back!

The Cartoon Library relocation into Sullivant Hall is now officially complete! 

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Hello again, old friends! After a busy summer of busting out our move, we are thrilled to be reporting from our new home where we’re setting up our collections, settling into our new offices, and showing off a little more upper-arm strength than we had before it all began.

This week marks the Cartoon Library’s very first week in our new home, and we’ll be preparing  to officially open to the public on Monday, September 16th. Patrons will be able to visit the reading room and access the collections after this date, while we continue to work on our inaugural exhibits which will debut for the Grand Opening Festival in November.

We can’t begin this post without a shout out of thanks to the companies we worked side by side with over the past month during the long days of the move: Andrews, who transferred all of our office materials, Carney McNicholas, who carefully moved our precious collections, and Patterson Pope, who built our dazzling new shelving in Sullivant Hall. Additional thank yous are due for their willingness to star in some of the photos below, and for treating our comics and cartoons like their own.

Before we get to the real eye-candy images of our new home, for your viewing enjoyment below is just a small sampling of how to move a Cartoon Library:

HERE COME THE COMICS

The bulk of our collection was moved via book carts, bins, and on dollies. Shelf-by-shelf, keeping close attention to call numbers, millions of materials were packed onto the book carts, wrapped in plastic for protection, loaded onto the moving trucks, and brought over to our loading dock at Sullivant Hall.

Flat files packed with original artwork were hand-lifted, wrapped, and transferred on dollies, collection boxes made their way over in bins, and merchandise and decorations were all cocooned in plastic for their journey.

The move continued as such for weeks, gradually shifting to one of our offsite storage facilities that we were able to consolidate into Sullivant Hall as well. As our old home progressively emptied out before our eyes, the new one emerged.
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We’re still in the process of setting up for the opening of our reading room, and there is much to be done before our big party in November, but here is a tiny sneak preview of the new home of The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum to whet your appetite:

Step into our lobby on Monday, or peruse the reference section of our reading room as we begin to fill the shelves…
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Lucy Shelton Caswell Reading Room
…stay tuned for many more to come, as we continue to set up our new home!

We will be attending Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland this weekend, so if you are planning to be there please say hello! The year marks the one year anniversary of the Dylan Williams Collection, so we’ll be collecting mini comics donations, and spreading the word about our new facility and Grand Opening Festival of Cartoon Art.

For more information, contact mcgurk.17@osu.edu

ANNOUNCING THE 2013 GRAND OPENING FESTIVAL OF CARTOON ART!

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Registration for the 2013 Grand Opening Festival of Cartoon Art
Opens August 15 

The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is pleased to announce our Grand Opening Festival of Cartoon Art, to be held at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH November 14th-17th.   The Festival, a celebration of cartoons, comics and their creators, is held every three years.  This year we have more to celebrate than ever: the opening of our new expanded facility in Sullivant Hall.

Online registration will open on August 15, 2013 at the 2013 Festival website: cartoons.osu.edu/FCA/2013.
The general registration fee will be $75, and will include festival keepsake items, reserved seating for events, and more. Registration for students and senior citizens aged 65 and over will be $25. Space is limited, so register early! Registration closes on November 1st.

About the Festival:

A two-day academic symposium will kick off the Festival on Thursday and Friday, November 14th and 15th, including a keynote address by American media and popular culture scholar Dr. Henry Jenkins. Panels at the conference will focus on the strengths and special features of the Cartoon Library’s unparalleled collection. The academic conference is organized by Professor Jared Gardner and is co-sponsored by OSU’s Popular Culture Program and Project Narrative.

A special program and ribbon-cutting party are planned for Friday night, November 15th. The program will feature a conversation with two Ohio State alumni who both have new graphic novels debuting this fall: Jeff Smith and Paul Pope.

Our Festival Forum will take place on Saturday and Sunday, November 16th and 17th, and will feature presentations by talented creators including Brian Bassett, Matt Bors, Eddie Campbell, Kazu Kibuishi, and Stephan Pastis.  In addition, Jeff Smith will introduce a program of Looney Tunes to celebrate the 75th birthday of Bugs Bunny. The forum will also feature a screening of the documentary, Stripped, which will be introduced by its directors Dave Kellett and Fred Schroeder and will be followed by a Q&A with them and several of the cartoonists featured in the film: Dylan Meconis, Patrick McDonnell, and Hilary Price.

An Evening with the Hernandez Brothers: An Office of Diversity and Inclusion Distinguished Lecture Series Event:  A conversation with Love and Rockets creators Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez will take place on Saturday night, co-sponsored by the Wexner Center for the Arts and the Ohio State University Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Exhibits: Our new museum will feature two exhibitions.

Treasures from the Collections of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum: This exhibit will feature a selection of exceptional artwork and artifacts highlighting the breadth and depth of our collections.

Substance and Shadow: The Art of the Cartoon: Cartoonists have mastered an almost limitless vocabulary of graphic expression to entertain and enlighten their audiences, but the creative process is still a mystery to most readers.  This temporary exhibition curated by Brian Walker reveals the elements, methods, tools and techniques that cartoonists utilize to create their masterpieces of graphic communication.

Throughout the weekend, festival attendees can enjoy behind the scenes tours of our new facility, or take a break in our Will Eisner seminar room to enjoy a showing of home movies from the Milton Caniff and Billy Ireland collections.

Youth Programming: The Festival will include several youth events, including a WexLab teen comics workshop in conjunction with the Wexner Center for the Arts, and a special event for children ages 8-10 with French cartoonist Marc Boutavant. Mr. Boutavant’s participation is made possible by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy through the French Authors on Tour 2013 program. Separate registration is required for these events.

The host hotel will once again be the Hyatt Regency Columbus. Reservations can be made at the conference rate of $135 per night through October 22ndhttps://aws.passkey.com/g/20057528

2013 Festival is co-sponsored by: The Ohio State University Libraries, Wexner Center for the Arts, Popular Culture Program, Project Narrative, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.  With support from Mary F. Gau and Kevin Wolf, Milton Caniff Endowment, and the Mark J. Cohen and Rose Marie McDaniel Endowment. Additional sponsor information forthcoming.

For further information, see http://cartoons.osu.edu or email us at cartoons@osu.edu or 614-292-0538.

Cartoon Library blog hiatus: We’re moving!

A hush falls on the Cartoon Library Blog.
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But wait, what’s that sound? Thousands, no, millions of comics being sorted, packed, and prepared for a new home. Stickers being stuck on boxes. Measuring tape reeling. Blueprints being checked twice, three times, and once more again. No, a few more times still. Actually, let’s make copies of the blueprints for everyone to take home to read before bed each night, just to be sure everything is in place.

The doors to the space we’ve called home for the past 23 years officially closed to the public last week. Our exhibit has come down, and our office walls have been made bare of every cut-out Calvin & Hobbes strip, postcards from past students, and kind notes from folks who have been inspired by our collections. Even Aflred E. Neuman‘s head has been packed away.

The final finishing touches are being put on our new home in Sullivant Hall, and on our most recent walk-through of the facility, the potential for exhibits, programming, parties, and better ways to serve patrons seemed limitless. Over the next few weeks we’ll be moving in, setting up, and settling in- with our reading room doors set to re-open on September 9th.

During this busy time for us, the blog will be updated a bit less frequently, but we hope you will still continue to check in for updates on our 2013 Grand Opening Festival of Cartoon Art, and on our Twitter and Facebook page for photos along the way during the transition.

We look forward to returning to our regularly scheduled highlights from the collection when we are settled in to our new home, as well as updates on new programming, exhibits, and everything else that lies ahead in this new era for the Cartoon Library. Until then, stay tuned, dear readers!

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I think we need a bigger box.