Thursday, October 31, 2013

10/31/13 - BOO! Scary Stuff: Don't Miss Out on 2013 OSU Festival of Cartoon Art!

It only comes around every three I'm not talking about Halloween (which is rescheduled this year due to impending storms and high wind) - I am talking about the Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum's Festival of Cartoon Art.

Add to this that this is also the Grand Opening of the new home for the library and museum in the newly renovated and spacious Sullivant Hall! A once in a lifetime event!

The Festival is a triennial event that has been in existence since at least 1983 and consistently brings together an impressive group of guests from academia, comics, syndicated comic strips and illustration (many of whom are members of the National Cartoonists Association or NCS) together to celebrate, discuss and postulate on the topic of comics and cartoon art and creators. We have Curators Lucy Shelton Caswell and now Jenny Robb (along with numerous hard working library/museum staff) to thank for hosting and organizing these incredible festivals, sure to delight even the most worldly comics and cartoon aficionado.

If you missed the deadline for the main forum registration, don't despair,  you can still join in this year events by attending the academic conference or by getting ala carte tickets (cheap $5) to some of the individual programs!! Here is a complete list of programs and events

If you have never heard of this comics and cartoon mecca in have missing out on an incredible treasure - here is an excerpt from their website regarding their history:
The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum was established in 1977 in two converted classrooms in the Journalism Building with the founding gift of artwork and papers of alumnus Milton Caniff. Its collections of original art and manuscripts have been built primarily through gifts-in-kind. The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is now the largest and most comprehensive academic research facility documenting printed cartoon art. Administratively it is part... read more
Contact info:

The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
Sullivant Hall, 1813 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43210-1393
Telephone: (614) 292-0538
Fax: (614) 292-9101

Friday, October 25, 2013

10/27/13 - October 2013 CCG Meeting/Worskhop & FREE TLD

This Sunday at the Beaumont Branch of the Lexington Public Library we will be having a formal meeting for the first time in several months! Please come out and join us - should be a lot of fun! Free and open to the any interested parties (children under 14 should be accompanied by an adult).
Facebook event link:

Times: 1:30-4:30 pm (TLD only from 2:30-4:30pm, approximate times)

Location: Large conference room, Beaumont Branch of Lexington Public Library

Meeting Topics: 
Current events, share recent works, CCG publications, independent distribution network, upcoming events: OSU Billy Ireland Comics Museum and Library grand re-opening and 2013 Festival of Comic Art (including talk with the Hernandez Brothers), 2014 Lexington Comic & Toy Con, Bob McLeod Comic Art Workshops in March, 2014 (right before and after the LC&TC) link to 2012 workshop with Bob.

Workshop Topics: 
Ghost tryout story from Dark Horse Comics, prep to complete a sample 4-page story, including reference drawing/photography for Ghost Character (Themed Life Drawing session*), luxury SUV and warehouse district (location sessions)

Our first formal meeting in several months - new and old members - or just the curious are welcome to attend. FREE "Ghost" Themed Life Drawing session.

*Drawing session will start around 2:30 pm - all artists are welcome and may attend just that portion of the CCG meeting if they like.