Given the tragic events of this week and the recent acquisition of material by the late three-time Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Jeff MacNelly to its collection, it’s wonderful to see The Columbus Dispatch (Columbus, OH) take a moment in a new editorial to mention, praise, and likely introduce to many the world-renowned and more important than ever Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum located at The Ohio St. University and part of OSU Libraries.
From the Editorial:
The collection includes more than 300,000 original cartoons, 45,000 books, 67,000 serials and comic books and 2.5 million comic-strip clippings and newspaper pages.
The library began in 1977 as two reading rooms, with the donation of the art and papers of OSU alumnus Milton Caniff, creator of the comic strips Steve Canyon and Terry and the Pirates . The collection has continued to grow in size and complexity. With of $7 million from the family of Billy Ireland, an early-20th century Dispatch cartoonist, a museum more suitable for public use was built as part of a renovation of Sullivant Hall in 2013.
The collection serves scholars, but now is a public attraction, too. A first-ever comics festival, Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (or CXC), is planned for October and should raise the public profile even higher.
The museum is a Columbus gem not to be missed.
Read the Complete Editorial
If you can’t get to Columbus, the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum offers some digital resources.
- Bibliography: Teaching with Cartoon Art: A Selected Bibliography
- Bibliography: How-to Cartoon Books: A Selected Bibliography