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



Drawing for The Essential Jack Ziegler, published in 2007.




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4,148 original drawings, contracts and paperwork, personal correspondence and journals, and manuscripts for an unpublished memoir. “Since I am still a practicing cartoonist, much of my unpublished (as well as some published) material is still here for possible use in my own future projects,” Ziegler says, “and going through my archives for eventual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

The Ohio State University Libraries

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

614-292-0538 Phone
614-292-9101 Fax

Found in the Collection: Gardner Rea (1894-1966)

One of the very first cartoonists to appear in the The New Yorker in 1925, Gardner Rea is yet another among the strangely large number of cartoonists from Ohio. In accordance with his drawing style, any and all information about Rea seems to provide just the most basic outline. Rea lived out the majority of his life in Brookhaven, New York, in a home that he specifically designed to not have a front door. Visitors could only enter through the back, and in many of his obituaries he is noted for standing with his back to you as you spoke- facing a blank wall instead.

She just lives for horses, and horses for her.” Gardner Rea original. From the International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (click to enlarge)

But despite this idea of him, Rea was hilarious and an absolute master of line work. His distinguished style of undetailed illustrations with a singular spot-black and total command of design and shape were the least of his contributions- at one point he was writing up to 40 gags a week for other cartoonists like Charles Adams and Helen Hokinson.

The Triumph of Technique” Gardner Rea original. From the International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (click to enlarge)

Rea attended East High School in our beloved Columbus, Ohio, and came here to The Ohio State University for his undergraduate degree. He edited the campus humor magazine, and is noted to have proudly won a prize from the Serious Poetry Committee and the Humorous Poetry Committee for the same poem. His cartooning career launched at age 15, when he sold his first cartoon to Life, and appeared occasionally in Judge and Puck later.

Gardner Rea original. Gift of Barbara Rea Renwick, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (click to enlarge)

Possibly Rea’s most distinct feature was his wiggly lines, for which we love his quick explanation: “nobody will catch on when I’m senile.”

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