Lucy in the Sky with Comic Strips
On December 31, Lucy Shelton Caswell retired as curator of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
, which she founded in 1977 by knocking out a wall between two classrooms in Ohio State's Journalism Building. In the 33 years that followed, she amassed the world's largest library of comic art, a staggering collection that includes 450,000 original cartoons, 36,000 books and 2.5 million comic strip clippings and tear sheets. It incorporates the Bill Blackbeard collection. For her parting shot, she shows some of the Museum's collection in the excellent 15-minute video below. (Go to Vimeo
to see in high definition.)
In 2011, Caswell moves on to her new job, co-editing (with Jared Gardner) a new Ohio State University Press book series, Studies in Comics and Cartoons, covering the history of comic art from editorial cartoons and early sequential comics of the 19th century to today's webcomics.
For four-minute video of Caswell discussing cartoonist Billy Ireland, go here
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