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July 18, 2014

Forthcoming Extra: Billy Ireland Announces Fall Exhibits Featuring Will Eisner, Civil Rights Shows


In a mid-summer announcement following a long period of relative quiet at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library And Museum blog, those good folks have made official their two Fall 2014 exhibits.

imageThe Long March: Civil Rights In Cartoons And Comics and Will Eisner: 75 Years Of Graphic Storytelling are set to open on August 16 and will stay in the exhibition space through November 30.

The exhibits draw two strengths of the institutions: interdisciplinary breadth and single-creator depth. In addition to mainstream daily newspaper cartoons and the reactions from cartoonists in the black press, the exhibit will show several pieces of artwork by Nate Powell from his collaboration with Andrew Aydin and Congressman John Lewis, the graphic memoir March.

There will be a Powell signing and a co-curator (with Jenny Robb) Jared Gardner presentation on August 16 in support of the Civil Rights show, followed by an event September 15 with Powell, Aydin and Lewis co-sponsored by a number of Ohio State bodies, offices and institutions. That should be something.

imageGardner is also co-curator on the Will Eisner exhibit, working with Caitlin McGurk. That exhibit will focus on Eisner's role as a key influence for comics at its inception and during its transformation to better foster sustained narratives of serious intent via the graphic novel movement. Jeff Smith will give a lecture on October 30 at the Jean and Charles Schulz Lecture Hall on October 30 in support of that exhibit.

The announcement of this Fall's shows also means you have only a few weeks to see the Bill Watterson, Richard Thompson and (across the way at the Wexner Center) Dan Clowes exhibits, so plan your next several days' worth of summer road trips accordingly. They are really interesting exhibits, and a great chance if you're a comics-interested person to see what one well-informed person told me this Spring was "The best place for comics in the world." It also indicates that they may be working with a roughly two-week dark periods for the featured exhibits -- the permanent collection remains on display, though, as well as the facility's other services, each worth a trip of their own.

Ton of information including some nice art, here.

The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is located at 1813 N. High Street in Columbus, pretty much the spear point for that whole gigantic Ohio State campus. There is affordable parking nearby.

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