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:

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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!

I think we need a bigger box.

I think we need a bigger box.

 

Preparing Our Offsite Collections for the Move

If you are among the lucky who have set foot behind the scenes of the current location of the Cartoon Library, you know that our massive collection holdings cannot be contained to just this space. For many years, the Cartoon Library has occupied two offsite storage facilities for housing proofs, merchandise, and many of our bound volumes, as seen in the images below.

The expanded storage space in our new home in Sullivant Hall will afford us the ability to consolidate one of these entire additional housing areas into our archive home-base. Over the past few months, Assistant Curator Susan Liberator and Associate Curator Wendy Pflug have led our dedicated team of student workers in preparing these offsite materials to prepare for our move at the beginning of August.

The students have been sorting and rehousing items that will be relocating with us, and have come across a number of gems along the way. Of particular delight for the students was a large collection of various pop culture merchandise and memorabilia from the International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection, containing figurines, board games, oddities and artwork.

Below, some of our favorite finds:

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Colorforms Star Trek Adventure Set. From the International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

We swear we fought the urge to play with the Star Trek Colorforms. Except for just a little–for the sake of making sure all pieces were accounted for, of course.

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Warner Brothers plush toys and Smokey the Bear Appli-Press set. From the International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

The students also came across some vastly varying Disney memorabilia of yore:

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Disney-inspired Mexican souvenir. From the International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

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Giant Disney wall watch. From the International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

Eddie Pisarczyk unpacking a wood wall decoration from Disney's Jungle Book. From the International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

Student assistant Eddie Pisarczyk unpacking a wood wall decoration from Disney’s Jungle Book. From the International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

Hannah Schobel with a Disney toy shovel. From the International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

Student assistant Hannah Schobel with a Disney toy shovel. From the International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

Mickey's Haunted House antique pin-ball game. From the International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

Mickey’s Haunted House antique pin-ball game. From the International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

All of these items and more have been wrapped in archival packing materials and rehoused in storage boxes, to be ready to go on moving day.

We truly could not be making this move without the help of all of our student assistants, who have accomplished so much during this process and kept us laughing the whole way. Thank you for all of your help!

Found in the Collection: Charles Pearson!

As we inch closer and closer to our moving date at the Cartoon Library, we’ll be tossing more and more single gags your way on the blog to keep you laughing all the way to the front door of our new building this Fall. Summer is in full swing, and our movers arrive in just a few short weeks!

Today, a magazine cartoon from Charles Pearson, from the International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection. Pearson is yet another unsung but highly prolific cartoonists of the 1940s and 50s, contributing work to True Magazine, The Saturday Evening Post, Collier’s, and more. We know that Pearson was in the service as well, as he had also contributed to Yank: The Army Weekly. If you have more information about his work and background, we’d love for you to share it!

Charles Pearson original magazine cartoon, circa 1950. From the International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (click to enlarge)

Charles Pearson original magazine cartoon, circa 1950. From the International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (click to enlarge)

Found in the Collection: Bill Holman’s “Wall-Nuts”

Few cartoonists of the newspaper pages have attempted to pack their daily strips with as many puns, gags, and non-sequitor absurdities as the late great Bill Holman did in his famous funny fireman strip, Smokey Stover. Holman drew Smokey Stover from 1935 until 1973, making it the longest running comic strip of the slapstick screwball comedy genre.

Among his regularly featured made-up words like Foo and Notary Sojac, and inside jokes like “1506 Nix Nix”, Stover strips were layered with background jokes and puns about other puns, plastered into the background of each panel. He referred to these insert gags as wall-nuts, and as if coming up with a new strip each day wasn’t enough in itself, whether they won or lost a laugh they were present in nearly every strip:

Original "Smokey Stover" strip by Bill Holman. From the Philip Sills Collection, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. (click to enlarge)

Original “Smokey Stover” strip by Bill Holman. From the Philip Sills Collection, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. (click to enlarge)

After retiring Smokey Stover in 1973 at the age of 70, Holman was still brimming with wordplay to play with, and re-purposed his wall-nuts concept to be their own separate pieces, which he never published. Though the hand may be more shaky, the “Wall-Nuts” featured below were some of Holman’s last panels in his later years, and still hold forth his love of a good plain gag.

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Bill Holman’s unpublished “Wall-Nuts” originals. From the International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Carton Library & Museum.

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Bill Holman’s unpublished “Wall-Nuts” originals. From the International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Carton Library & Museum.

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Bill Holman’s unpublished “Wall-Nuts” originals. From the International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Carton Library & Museum.

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Bill Holman’s unpublished “Wall-Nuts” originals. From the International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Carton Library & Museum.

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Bill Holman’s unpublished “Wall-Nuts” originals. From the International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Carton Library & Museum.

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Bill Holman’s unpublished “Wall-Nuts” originals. From the International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Carton Library & Museum.

 

Crowdsourcing The Dylan Williams Collection

Congratulations to Cartoon Library volunteers Joe Miller and Caitlin Naber for their milestone accomplishment in cataloging the Tom Spurgeon donation to The Dylan Williams Collection! This early donation, which arrived soon after the The Dylan Williams Collection was announced in September, totaled to 1,419 mini-comics and is one of the largest installments that we’ve received so far. Items from the collection are being entered into a finding aid, which will be made available through our catalog after our move into Sullivant Hall.

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Proud Cartoon Library volunteers Joe Miller and Caitlin Naber, amid the cataloged portions of The Dylan Williams Collection!

Joe and Caitlin are diving into the other donations and trucking right along, but we thought we would take pause in this moment of great achievement and pose some questions to the audience. Out of the hundreds and hundreds of items that they have cataloged so far, we’ve stumbled upon a mere few that have us stuck for bibliographic information. Although the beauty of mini-comics can be their departure from the structure of formally published books, and working anonymously has its perks, we want to be able to give all of the creators represented in our collection their due credit and are therefor turning a few unidentified items over to you, dear readers!

If any of the works below look familiar, we’d love for you to help us identify the creators or titles where necessary, as well as any other information you may have about them:

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Cover and title page of “Ramsden”, cartoonist unknown. Donated by Tom Spurgeon, forms part of The Dylan Williams Collection. The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

**UPDATE: “Ramsden” cartoonist has been identified as Sammy Harkham! Thanks to readers Neil Brideau and Robin McConnell**

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Inside pages, cartoonist and title unknown. Donated by Tom Spurgeon, forms part of The Dylan Williams Collection. The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

**UPDATE: The above mini-comic “Jessica” was done by Jason Overby. Thanks to readers Robin McConnell, Derik Badman, and Chuck Forsman.**

Cover and inside page from “Things Are Bigger in Texas -or- The Misfortune of Betsy the Cow”, cartoonist unknown. Donated by Tom Spurgeon, forms part of The Dylan Williams Collection. The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

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Cover page, cartoonist and title unknown. Donated by Tom Spurgeon, forms part of The Dylan Williams Collection. The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

Cover of "Herzog Watusi", cartoonist unknown. Donated by Tom Spurgeon, forms part of The Dylan Williams Collection. The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

Cover of “Herzog Watusi”, cartoonist unknown. Donated by Tom Spurgeon, forms part of The Dylan Williams Collection. The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

Cover and inside pages of "Como Vacas Mirando el Tren No. 2", cartoonist unknown. Donated by Tom Spurgeon, forms part of The Dylan Williams Collection. The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

Cover and inside pages of “Como Vacas Mirando el Tren No. 2″, cartoonist unknown. Donated by Tom Spurgeon, forms part of The Dylan Williams Collection. The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

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Inside pages, cartoonist and title unknown. Donated by Tom Spurgeon, forms part of The Dylan Williams Collection. The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

**UPDATE: The cartoonist for the untitled comic above has been identified as Chris Ware! Made while he was still in school at UT to be sold in a vending machine. This comic was later reprinted in Quimby The Mouse. Thanks to reader Neil Brideau!**

If you can identify any of the creators of the mini-comics above, leave a note in our comments section or send us an email at cartoons@osu.edu!