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Ho Che Anderson Collection Donated to Ohio State


              Ho Che Anderson Donates Collection to Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

Painting depicting a young Martin Luther King Jr. next to an American flag

Original painting by Ho Che Anderson for “King” book cover.

COLUMBUS – Cartoonist Ho Che Anderson has donated all of the original art, paintings and manuscript material from his graphic novel King: A Comics Biography Of Martin Luther King, Jr. to The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

King is a raw, energetic and compelling graphic narrative that chronicles the complex life and tragic death of the celebrated Civil Rights leader and icon. Anderson spent more than 10 years researching and producing King, which was originally published by Fantagraphics in three volumes released in 1993, 2002 and 2003. This donation contains the script drafts, notebooks, preliminary sketches, press clippings and publisher correspondence that culminated in this renowned work.

Anderson was born in London, and resides in Toronto, Canada. About the donation he said, “King being an American story, I liked the idea of donating to an American archive, even though I’m a Canadian. I reached out to Billy Ireland and was relieved when they expressed enthusiasm for taking the collection off my hands. Later, I got the opportunity to visit the museum in person and knew immediately I’d made the right choice.” Anderson was a special guest at the annual Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) festival in 2019.

Other works by Ho Che Anderson include Godhead, Wise Son and the White Wolf, Scream Queen, I Want to Be Your Dog and Sand and Fury. His publisher at Fantagraphics, Gary Groth, said, “Working with and publishing Ho Che Anderson has been one of the most rewarding associations of my life in comics, personally and professionally. Ho has always tackled his creative work with a ferocious passion and integrity and a restless formal and stylistic experimentation. I reflect with great pride on publishing Ho throughout his career from his earliest work, such as King and Black Dogs through his current project Godhead.”

“Works like King,” Jenny Robb, curator of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum said, “give us a fresh and vivid perspective on historic events, bringing them to life in a way that is both powerful and challenging for the reader. Anderson’s work shows how comics could be successfully utilized to present a complex, critical, yet compassionate biography of a major cultural figure. We are so honored to be entrusted with preserving this essential work. The inclusion of Anderson’s manuscript materials is a gift to researchers that will surely be utilized for years to come.”

Anderson added “I’m thrilled by the idea […] that a cartoonist’s work can be preserved until the sun goes supernova and offer the succeeding generations a means of education, inspiration and the thrill of viewing original comic book art.”

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Comic book script from the special edition of “King”

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.

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Carta Monir, original art from “RIPMOM”, 2017

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