As some of you know, we are deep into the planning of our 2013 Grand Opening Festival of Cartoon Art, scheduled for November 14th-17th, 2013. We can’t reveal all of the details just yet–but put it on your calendars now–we promise this years festival is not to be missed!

Starting off the Festival weekend early on November 14th and 15th, there will be a two day comics academic pre-conference featuring the great Henry Jenkins as the keynote speaker. Below, details on the conference and a Call For Papers. We hope you’ll submit, see you there!

CFP: The Third Triennial Academic Conference at the Festival of Cartoon Art

Beginning in 2007, the triennial Festival of Cartoon Art at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum at Ohio State University added a one-day academic conference ahead of the weekend’s festivities. This year, 2013, the Billy Ireland will be hosting a special Festival to celebrate the Grand Opening of its glorious new home with a weekend of speakers, events and exhibitions. In honor of this momentous occasion, the academic conference this year will be a two-day event on Thursday and Friday, November 14th and 15th, leading up to the kickoff of the official opening festivities on Friday evening.

In honor of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, we will be organizing sessions focusing on some of the strengths and special features of the Library’s unparalleled collection. Toward this end we are inviting academic papers in comics studies, with a special interest in papers focusing on topics that connect with the Library’s collections and mission. (For information on the resources and collections at the Library, visit: Some potential topics might include:

  • 18th- and 19th-Century Cartoon art
  • Editorial cartoons
  • Newspaper Comic Strips
  • Minicomics
  • Underground Comics
  • Walt Kelly and Pogo 
  • Charles Schulz and Peanuts
  • Will Eisner
  • Jeff Smith and Bone

We will also be celebrating the ongoing partnerships between the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum and the pre-con’s co-sponsors, Project Narrative, the Wexner Center for the Arts, and Popular Culture Studies. Toward that end, we are also soliciting papers on:

  • Graphic Narrative & Narrative Theory
  • Comics and Contemporary Art
  • Comics and Popular Culture

And last, but certainly not least, to honor the Billy Ireland’s teaching mission as part of Ohio State University, we are soliciting papers on “Teaching with Comics.”

Finally, we are delighted to announce that our keynote speaker for the academic pre-conference will be the one and only Henry Jenkins!

To be considered for the panels, please send a 250-500 word abstract and a one-page vita to The deadline for abstracts is July 1, 2013.


Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum:
Project Narrative:
The Wexner Center for the Arts:
Popular Culture Studies @ OSU: