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Annie Koyama Donates Original Art Collection to Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 21, 2017

Annie Koyama Donates Original Art Collection to Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

Anne Koyama by Dustin Harbin. Used with permission from the artist.

COLUMBUS – The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is delighted to announce a donation of an extraordinary collection of more than 250 pieces of original artwork by contemporary American cartoonists from Annie Koyama, owner and publisher of Koyama Press.

In 2007, Koyama founded the Canada-based publishing company to encourage and support a variety of artists and illustrators. Koyama Press publishes alternative comics and art books, by both emerging and established artists.

Koyama is known in the comics community for her unwavering generosity, enthusiasm and professionalism. In 2013, she began assembling a curated collection for the BICLM that would bear her name and represent a snapshot of the independent comics industry that has begun to reach a critical mass in the early 21st Century. Koyama explains about her donation, “I started purchasing work from some of my favourite American cartoonist as a way to support and offer patronage to predominately up-and-coming artists. Over time, I built a collection of art that is as unique and diverse as the cartooning community from which it is derived. I am excited to see these artists finding recognition and representation in what I consider a vital resource: the BICLM.” Artists represented in the collection include Lisa Hanawalt, Theo Ellsworth, Katie Skelly, Noah Van Sciver, Eleanor Davis, Dustin Harbin, Frank Santoro, Gabrielle Bell, Hellen Jo, Kevin Huizenga, and nearly one hundred others.

“What Annie Koyama has done for us is unprecedented, forward-thinking, and remarkable. Most cartoonists in this community make a livelihood by selling their original art to private collectors, which makes it more difficult for public research facilities like BICLM to obtain these essential works. Annie has not only supported these cartoonists, but has solidified their legacy by placing the collection at OSU where it can be preserved, accessed, and enjoyed for generations to come” states Associate Curator Caitlin McGurk.     

“We are immensely moved by Annie Koyama’s thoughtfulness and vision, and grateful for this gift which is unique in our 40-year history of collecting,” comments curator Jenny Robb, “Annie has demonstrated the potential for the community to play a role in preserving its own history.”

The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum has also confirmed an exhibition of the Koyama Collection to be on display May 6, 2018 – Sunday, October 21, 2018, coinciding with Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC).

Tim Hensley, Gropius Besieged.  Annie Koyama Collection.

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 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday from 1 – 5 p.m.  See http://cartoons.osu.edu/ for further information.

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Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
Contact: Caitlin McGurk
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1813 N. High St
Columbus, OH 43210

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Mike Ritter Collection donated to The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 24, 2017

Mike Ritter Collection donated to The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

COLUMBUS­–The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum announces the acquisition of editorial cartoonist Mike Ritter’s collection of original art, sketchbooks, and manuscript materials. Ritter was an editorial cartoonist for the Tribune papers in Arizona for 13 years, and served as President of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC) from 2003 to 2004. At the time of his passing in 2014 at age 48, Ritter was a Washington Blade contributor and Art Director for Georgia Voice, an LGBT newspaper in Atlanta.

In his role at the Tribune in Arizona, Mike Ritter was one of the first openly gay staff cartoonists at a mainstream daily newspaper. He eventually moved to Atlanta, where he was Art Director for Georgia Voice, an LGBT newspaper.

In his role at the Tribune in Arizona, Mike Ritter was one of the first openly gay staff cartoonists at a mainstream daily newspaper. He eventually moved to Atlanta, where he was Art Director for Georgia Voice, an LGBT newspaper.

Included in this donation are over 3,400 pieces of original art, from childhood drawings and early sketchbooks to hundreds of editorial cartoons. “It is a privilege to receive this collection, which illuminates the life of a true talent,” says Curator Jenny Robb. “Mike Ritter was a strong voice in the world of editorial cartoons. He left us too soon, but made an important impact over the course of his career.”

A 2011 cartoon in the East Valley Tribune earned Ritter national attentio

A 2011 cartoon in the East Valley Tribune earned Ritter national attention

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Student Assistant Jeni Dudley has been working with the collection, and she is particularly interested in how Ritter’s political voice reflected his personal life. “Mike Ritter’s views changed between his college and professional years as he became more accepting of his gay identity. He shifted from creating cartoons that were conservative to ones that were more liberal while coming face-to-face with the ugly realities of discrimination,” says Dudley. “Coming out gave Mike’s cartoons a raw edge.”

In his early teens, Mike Ritter wrote a strip called Myron the Mosquito, which he introduced with imaginative introductions for each character.

In his early teens, Mike Ritter wrote a strip called Myron the Mosquito, which he introduced with imaginative introductions for each character.

Ritter displayed an early talent for cartooning, and was especially adept at drawing caricatures of popular figures, inventing funny characters and storylines, and creating comic strips. Hundreds of published editorial cartoons define his prolific career as a satirist and an artist. Through a lifetime of cartoons, Ritter’s legacy lives on at the Billy Ireland, the largest collection of cartoon and comic art in the world.

Self-portrait, 1998.

Self-portrait, 1998.

If you own original art by Mike Ritter or have memories to share, we would love to hear from you. Email Amy at chalmers.21@osu.edu.

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 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday from 1 – 5 p.m.  See http://cartoons.osu.edu/ for further information.

 

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