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Carta Monir Collection Donated to Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum




Carta Monir Donates Original Art to Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

Carta Monir, original art for forthcoming graphic novel “I Want To Be Evil”

COLUMBUS – Cartoonist Carta Monir has donated hundreds of pages of original art, including complete and near complete works, to The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

Carta Monir is also the founder and publisher behind Diskette Press, a small-press publishing house which focuses on publishing and distributing mini comics and zines by trans and queer comics makers. Monir’s own minicomics and zines marry her fascination for analog technologies with autobiographical narratives about her experiences as a trans woman, family loss, abuse, grief and resiliency. Video and computer games appear frequently as a motif throughout Monir’s work, which she uses as a vehicle for blending perceptions of reality, the body, and the future with dysphoria, memory, violence and discovery.

Monir says the donation includes, “nearly all of the original art I created since the end of college, including a substantial amount of art I created before coming out as a woman. Many of the pieces are no longer in print, and some of them have never been printed anywhere. Most of the stories are complete, although some (such as Secure Connect and RIPMOM) are missing pages which I gave away as gifts to friends and lovers.”

In addition to Secure Connect and RIPMOM, BICLM was honored to receive original art from Monir’s Cave Dreams, Lara Croft Was My Family, Stealth Mechanic and I Still Want To Kill That Boy as well as partial and complete art for various other zines and web comics. The collection also includes the art for Ready to Pop, which appeared in the 2019 anthology Drawing Power: Women’s Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Survival edited by Diane Noomin.

Caitlin McGurk, Associate Curator and Assistant Professor, said of the collection “The voice that rings through Carta Monir’s work is singular, thought-provoking, and unafraid. We are so honored that she has trusted us at The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum with preserving these deeply personal stories for future generations of students, scholars, and fans to study and find inspiration. Monir’s work has already appeared in two of our museum exhibitions, Koyama And Friends: Publishing, Patronage, And The New Alternative Press, and currently, Ladies First: A Century of Women’s Innovations in Comics and Cartoon Art. With this generous addition of her artwork to our collection, I am certain it will appear in many more.”

“I chose to donate my original art to the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum for several reasons” stated Monir via email. “I love visiting [The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum] and have had some very emotional experiences there. Knowing that my art would be taken care of alongside the art of some of my greatest heroes just means the world to me. I believe deeply in the work that Caitlin McGurk and the rest of the team is doing, and I know my art will be treated with care and respect. I encourage other creators to donate their original work to the Billy Ireland as well.”

Carta Monir’s first graphic novel, I Want To Be Evil, will be published by Youth in Decline. The book focuses on her late mother’s terminal cancer, and Monir’s experience with coming out to her family.

In 2019, Monir was the recipient of the Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) Emerging Talent Award.

Click to learn more about Carta Monir and Diskette Press.

Carta Monir, original art from “RIPMOM”, 2017

Giving Thanks: Vernon E. Grant Collection

In the spirit of the season of giving, we’ll be highlighting a few of the amazing gifts we received in 2019 throughout the rest of the year on our blog and/or Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Follow us on social media for more updates! As always, we are so thankful to our donors and friends throughout the world for supporting our collection.

Original art for “The Love Rangers” by Vernon E. Grant

We are honored to have received papers and artwork from the late Vernon E. Grant. Grant, born February 14, 1935, was an expat in Japan who can be considered an early appreciator of Japanese manga, writing about Lone Wolf and Cub for publications. He was also a cartoonist who did a series called The Love Rangers.

Through a generous donation from his widow, Betsy Reese Grant, we are building a collection of his papers and his published and unpublished cartoon work. Grant served three army tours in Japan in the 1960s and stayed on to write about manga as well as creating his own work.  He is a pioneer in introducing Japanese concepts to U.S. audiences, writing about, for example, Kaiju and the series Lone Wolf and Cub. Our current offerings include original artwork from The Love Rangers (1977-1988) and other paintings and drawings, his books, and articles that either he wrote or was featured in for his work. We even have some of his postcard illustrations.

Original art for “The Love Rangers” by Vernon E. Grant

As this is a growing collection, we will be adding more treasures to the collection. We encourage anyone to come by the Lucy Shelton Caswell Reading Room to check out this pioneering artist’s work.

Original art for “The Love Rangers” by Vernon E. Grant

-Dr. Kay Clopton, Visiting Assistant Professor & Mary P. Key Resident: Cultural Diversity Inquiry

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