I was fortunate to attend this event over the weekend. It’s a triennial event held at The Ohio State University. This year it coincided with the grand opening of the expanded Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum , now the largest and most comprehensive academic research facility documenting printed cartoon art. Getting to participate in a 2-day academic conference dedicated to the study of cartoon art, followed by 2 days of presentations from professional cartoonists, was very cool. These folks come from all over to present at the conference, covering such topics as:
The museum itself was simply wonderful:
The exhibits included prints and originals from legendary cartoonists such as Walt Kelly and Will Eisner, to modern-day favorites like Bill Watterson and Lynn Johnston. Congratulations to OSU for such a fine accomplishment!