30,000 Square Feet of Comics

When I studied journalism at The Ohio State University, there was an obscure collection down in the gallows donated by the former graduate, Milton Caniff (who created the Steve Canyon comic strip.)

biclm005Comic strips are a window to our culture, our society, our politics and our world. We are not just seeing the world through the artist’s eyes — but we are seeing the entire world portrayed in a one-cell piece of art. biclm001

This is a vitally important form of art in our culture.   (Batman too!) biclm006

Little did I know, that collection was growing. Gaining prominence across the world, the collection contained the Walt Kelly Collection, the archives of the National Cartoonists Society (NCS), the archives of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC),  and the San Francisco Academy of Comic Art Collection, comprising the seventy tons of historical material collected by pioneering archivist Bill Blackbeard. 

biclm008Finally, the museum got it’s new home, at one of my favorite studying spots, Sullivant High — you know, the white granite building on High Street with the marble halls. The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum sits right beside the Wexner Center for the Arts, and includes 30,000 square feet of storage space — which has been quickly filled.

There is a vast amount of art here — political cartoons, graphic novels, artifacts — bringing people across the globe to study the art. You can go there too — they give you white gloves so that you can sit in the stacks and explore. 

Read more about this world treasure here… 


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