January 30, 2019
Two Nice News Stories From The Billy Ireland
Comics is in a weird place in term of identifying what constitutes industry news, but a giant institutions making a couple of announcements always works. I was struck by two stories posted by the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.
* the first was Dr. Susan Kirtley winning this year's Lucy Shelton Caswell Research Award
. Caswell is one of the great figures in the industry's last fifty years, anything that drives attention to the Billy as a research institution -- the role on which history will eventually judge it -- is a wonderful thing, and Kirtley is one of the foundational figure of comics' right-this-very-second through both her national organizing work for fellow academics and building her school's program out west. I am a fan of everything with a proper name in this story and can't wait to see what Kirtley does with the opportunity.
* the second story right there on their feed is that Ann Drozd is joining the staff at the Billy as museum coordinator
, with a slew of cool-sounding responsibility. I don't know Drozd as well as I do Kirtley but anyone joining that staff is a big deal, and she's run programming at the Ann Arbor kids-focused show in impeccable fashion. I think she's going to be fantastic for the community in which I live and for the wider comics community.
posted 3:35 pm PST
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