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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.

 

Jack Ziegler Collection Donated to OSU Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

 

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Drawing for The Essential Jack Ziegler, published in 2007.

 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 21, 2016

Jack Ziegler Collection Donated to The Ohio State University Libraries’
Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum 

 

COLUMBUS— Renowned cartoonist Jack Ziegler has donated his personal collection of original art and archival materials to the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (BICLM). Ziegler is best known for his contributions to The New Yorker; since 1974, the magazine has published over 1,500 of his cartoons. His work has also appeared in eight collections, the children’s book Mr. Knocky, and the anthology The Essential Jack Ziegler, which was published in 2000.

This collection spans half a century of cartooning, from the sketchbooks of a budding artist and early days at The New Yorker to recent work. Ziegler says about his donation, “It was important to me to locate a place that would properly preserve all my original published cartoon art from The New Yorker magazine, et al., along with related miscellany, for future scholars and the general public or other interested parties to peruse.” When considering where to house his artwork permanently, Ziegler visited the BICLM.

“Jenny Robb and Wendy Pflug were kind enough to give me the grand tour and I was greatly impressed with the care and seriousness of their and OSU’s approach,” he says, “so impressed in fact that I decided then and there to donate my archives.”

The donation includes 4,148 original drawings, contracts and paperwork, personal correspondence and journals, and manuscripts for an unpublished memoir. “Since I am still a practicing cartoonist, much of my unpublished (as well as some published) material is still here for possible use in my own future projects,” Ziegler says, “and going through my archives for eventual inclusion at OSU is an ongoing project.”

“We are so pleased to have this comprehensive collection of original cartoons, roughs, and papers from Jack Ziegler’s impressive and prolific career,” says curator Jenny Robb of the collection. “He is a truly talented and funny cartoonist who brought a unique style and sensibility to the New Yorker starting in the 1970s.  Because of this generous gift, Jack’s archives will be available for future study and exhibition.”

Our curator Jenny Robb with Jack Ziegler during a visit to the museum galleries.

Our curator Jenny Robb with Jack Ziegler during a visit to the museum galleries.

 

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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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Contact: Caitlin McGurk
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1813 N. High St
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