Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is an American live-action superhero children's television series that premiered on August 28, 1993, on the Fox Kids Network on weekday afternoons and Saturday mornings. It is the first entry of the Power Rangers franchise, became a 1990s pop culture phenomenon alongside a large line of action figures and other merchandise; the show adapted stock footage from the Japanese TV series Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger, the 16th installment of Toei's Super Sentai franchise. The second and third seasons of the show drew elements and stock footage from Gosei Sentai Dairanger and Ninja Sentai Kakuranger though the Zyuranger costumes were still used for the lead cast in these last two seasons. Only the mecha and the Kiba Ranger costume from Dairanger were featured in the second season, while only the mecha from Kakuranger was featured in the third season; the series was distributed by Saban Entertainment. The show's merchandise was distributed by Bandai Entertainment; the show was well-known for its deliberately campy tone.
In 2010, a re-version of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, with a new logo, comic book-referenced graphics, extra alternative special effects, was broadcast on ABC Kids, Bandai produced brand new toys to coincide with the series. The first 32 of season one's 60 episodes were remade with the re-version graphics in z, it was the final Power Rangers season to air on ABC Kids as Haim Saban re-acquired the series from Disney. With the beginning of Power Rangers Samurai, the series had moved to Nickelodeon; the original series spawned the feature film Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie, released by 20th Century Fox on June 30, 1995. A new film distributed by Lionsgate titled Power Rangers, was released at Regency Village Theater in Los Angeles on March 22, 2017 and was released nationwide on March 24, 2017; the series takes place in the fictional town of California. On an exploratory mission, two astronauts discover an extraterrestrial container and breach the unit, inadvertently releasing the evil alien sorceress Rita Repulsa from 10,000 years of confinement.
Upon her release and her army of evil space aliens set their sights on conquering the nearest planet — Earth. The wise sage Zordon, responsible for capturing Rita becomes aware of her release and orders his robotic assistant Alpha 5 to select five "teenagers with attitude" to defend the Earth from Rita's attacks; the five teens chosen are Jason Lee Scott, Kimberly Hart, Zack Taylor, Trini Kwan and Billy Cranston. Zordon gives them the ability to transform into a fighting force known as the Power Rangers; the series begins with five teenagers combating Rita and her endless array of monsters, while dealing with typical teenage problems and clashing with local bullies Bulk and Skull. However, consecutive failures lead Rita to adopt a new method for conquering Earth and destroying the Power Rangers — by attacking them with one of their own. Using her magic, Rita kidnaps and brainwashes a local teen whose fighting skills prove to equal that of Jason's in a martial-arts contest held in Angel Grove.
The new teen, Tommy Oliver, passes Rita's tests. Entrusted with Rita's Sword of Darkness, the source for the continuance of the evil spell he has fallen victim to, Tommy comes dangerously close to defeating the Power Rangers when Rita causes a solar eclipse that temporarily drains the Megazord's power. However, the Green Ranger is defeated, the Sword of Darkness is destroyed by Jason. Now free from Rita's spell, Tommy chooses to use his Green Ranger powers to assist the other Rangers in defeating the evil that gave them to him in the first place, his Zord, the Dragonzord, is reconfigured to enable it to help form more powerful Zord combinations alongside the other Dinozords. As time goes on, Rita focuses on eliminating Tommy in order to regain the powers that she believes belong to her. Using a special wax, touched by Tommy when he was evil, Rita uses a magic Green Candle to remove his powers, returning them to her. In the end, Tommy loses his powers, but he prevents Rita from reclaiming them by transferring them to Jason who, feeling guilt for failing to protect Tommy's powers, accepts them.
However, Tommy returns to the team when the other Rangers' Power Coins are handed over to Rita in exchange for their kidnapped parents. With Zordon's help, Tommy regains his powers and retrieves the other Rangers' Power Coins. However, Tommy's regained powers are only temporary and must be re-charged by Zordon, who warns that the Green Ranger's powers will fail. Despite this, Tommy remains determined to continue assisting the other Rangers as long as possible. Lord Zedd, Rita's superior, arrives at Rita's Moon Palace, where he takes her place and throws her into a space dumpster again, he begins his own campaign to conquer Earth. In order for the Power Rangers to compete with Zedd's monsters, which are superior to the ones Finster made for Rita and Alpha upgrade the Dinozords into the more powerful Thunderzords. However, Tommy is forced to retain use of the Dragonzord, due to his powers being too weak to support a new Zord. After several defeats, Zedd's attack on the Rangers progressively becomes more
Blondie (comic strip)
Blondie is an American comic strip created by cartoonist Chic Young. The comic strip is distributed by King Features Syndicate, has been published in newspapers since September 8, 1930; the success of the strip, which features the eponymous blonde and her sandwich-loving husband, led to the long-running Blondie film series and the popular Blondie radio program. Chic Young drew Blondie until his death in 1973, when creative control passed to his son Dean Young, who continues to write the strip. Young has collaborated with a number of artists on Blondie, including Jim Raymond, Mike Gersher, Stan Drake, Denis Lebrun, John Marshall. Despite these changes, Blondie has remained popular, appearing in more than 2,000 newspapers in 47 countries and translated into 35 languages. From 2006 to 2013, Blondie had been available via email through King Features' DailyINK service. Designed to follow in the footsteps of Young's earlier "pretty girl" creations Beautiful Bab and Dumb Dora, Blondie focused on the adventures of Blondie Boopadoop—a carefree flapper girl who spent her days in dance halls along with her boyfriend Dagwood Bumstead, heir to a railroad fortune.
The name "Boopadoop" derives from the scat singing lyric, popularized by Helen Kane's 1928 song "I Wanna Be Loved by You." On February 17, 1933, after much fanfare and build-up, Blondie and Dagwood were married. After a month-and-a-half-long hunger strike by Dagwood to get his parents' blessing, as they disapproved of his marrying beneath his class, they disinherited him. Left only with a check to pay for their honeymoon, the Bumsteads were forced to become a middle-class suburban family; the marriage was a significant media event, given the comic strip's popularity. The catalog for the University of Florida's 2005 exhibition, "75 Years of Blondie, 1930–2005," notes: Blondie's marriage marked the beginning of a change in her personality. From that point forward, she assumed her position as the sensible head of the Bumstead household, and Dagwood, cast in the role of straight man to Blondie's comic antics, took over as the comic strip's clown. "Dagwood Bumstead and family, including Daisy and the pups, live in the suburbs of Joplin, Missouri," according to the August 1946 issue of The Joplin Globe, citing Chic Young.
Blondie Bumstead: The eponymous leading lady of the comic strip. Blondie is a smart and responsible woman, she can be stressed at times due to her young family and Dagwood's antics, despite being laid-back and patient, Blondie does get upset sometimes. She is extremely beautiful, with gold hair, gentle curls, a shapely figure. A friend once told Dagwood that Blondie looked like a'million bucks'. In 1991, she began a catering business with Tootsie. Dagwood Bumstead: Blondie's husband. A kind and loving yet clumsy, naïve and lazy man whose cartoonish antics are the basis for the strip, he has a large, insatiable appetite for food. Dagwood is fond of making and eating the mile-high Dagwood sandwich, he celebrates the most insignificant holidays, approaches Thanksgiving with the same reverence most people reserve for Christmas. His continuous antagonistic and comical confrontations with his boss Mr. Dithers, for numerous reasons including Dagwood's laziness and silly mistakes, is a subplot that gets considerable attention in the strip.
His klutziness is a fundamental part of his encounters with Mr. Beasley the mailman. Another subplot deals with his neighbor Herb. Dagwood can often be seen napping on his own couch. Alexander Bumstead: the elder child of Blondie and Dagwood, in his late teens referred to by his pet name "Baby Dumpling." As a child, he was mischievous and precocious. As a teenager, he is athletic and intelligent. Despite resembling his father, he is more down-to-earth like his mother, his full name, revealed in the November 7, 1934 strip, is Alexander Hamilton Bumstead. Cookie Bumstead: the younger child of Blondie and Dagwood, in her early teens. Cookie is portrayed as a sweet, bubbly teenage girl whose interests include dating, hanging out with friends, clothes, her appearance has changed the most compared to the other characters. As a child she had long curly hair with a black bow holding a long curl on the top of her head; as a young teen she wore her hair in a ponytail with curly bangs. As an older teen she wore her hair long with a black headband.
She dropped the hair band and wore her hair with bangs and flipped to the sides. Her current hairstyle flipped at sides. Daisy: The Bumsteads' family dog whose best friend is Dagwood and who changes her expression in response to Dagwood's comments or other activities, she gave birth to puppies in the years of the comic. Mr. Beasley the Postman: The Bumsteads' mailman with whom Dagwood seems to always collide with and knock down as Dagwood hurriedly leaves the house. Mr. Julius Caesar Dithers: Founder of the J. C. Dithers Dagwood's boss, he believes the best thing in life is money. Although it does not seem like it at the workplace, Mr. Dithers is a good-hearted man. Mrs. Cora Dithers: Mr. Dithers' wife, she gets into fights with him as she exerts control over her husband. She is great friends with Blondie. Herb Woodley: Dagwood's best friend and next-door neighbor. Herb, can be selfish and mean at times when he doesn't return the expensive power tools and favors that he borrows fr
Comics Revue is a bi-monthly small press comic book published by Manuscript Press and edited by Rick Norwood. Don Markstein edited the publication from 1984 to 1987 and 1992 to 1996; as of 2014, it has published more than 300 issues, making it the longest running independent comic book. It reprints comic strips such as Alley Oop, The Amazing Spider-Man, Batman, Buz Sawyer, Casey Ruggles, Flash Gordon, Gasoline Alley, Hägar the Horrible, Krazy Kat, Latigo, Little Orphan Annie, Mandrake the Magician, Modesty Blaise, O'Neill, The Phantom, Rick O'Shay, Sir Bagby, Star Wars, Steve Canyon, Tarzan and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Artists whose work has appeared in Comics Revue include most of the best known names in comics art: Jack Kirby, Milton Caniff, Hal Foster, Charles Schulz, Al Williamson, George Pérez, Roy Crane, Russ Manning, Burne Hogarth. In issue #200, Comics Revue featured the only English language publication of "The Dark Angels", the last Modesty Blaise story, by Peter O'Donnell and Romero.
In 2006, it was revealed in Absolute Crisis on Infinite Earths that the Batman stories published in Comics Revue happened on Earth-1289. In October 2009, the magazine re-launched as a bi-monthly title with twice the number of pages and reprinting Sunday strips in color; each issue now includes at least one complete story. Issue #300 includes a complete index to all comic strips published in Comics Revue #1-300. Comics Buyer's Guide, "Rick Norwood has produced this labor of love for years now, it continues to be a bargain. Recommended." -- Maggie Thompson. Tony Isabella, Comics Buyer's Guide, "Not every strip will be a winner with every reader, but I like Comics Revue enough to give it four Tonys." Louis Cance, Hop! No. 112, "Comics Revue Ce mensuel propose dans ses 68 pages une belle sélection de grands classiques de la BD américaine avec..." Comics Revue The Grand Comics Database
Prince Valiant in the Days of King Arthur, or Prince Valiant, is an American comic strip created by Hal Foster in 1937. It is an epic adventure that has told a continuous story during its entire history, the full stretch of that story now totals more than 4000 Sunday strips; the strip appears weekly in more than 300 American newspapers, according to its distributor, King Features Syndicate. HRH Edward, the Duke of Windsor, called Prince Valiant the "greatest contribution to English literature in the past hundred years". Regarded by comics historians as one of the most impressive visual creations syndicated, the strip is noted for its realistically rendered panoramas and the intelligent, sometimes humorous, narrative; the format does not employ word balloons. Instead, the story is narrated in captions positioned at the bottom or sides of panels. Events depicted are taken from various time periods, from the late Roman Empire to the High Middle Ages, with a few brief scenes from modern times. While drawing the Tarzan comic strip, Foster wanted to do his own original newspaper feature, he began work on a strip he called Derek, Son of Thane changing the title to Prince Arn.
King Features manager Joseph Connelly renamed it Prince Valiant. In 1936, after extensive research, Foster pitched his concept to William Randolph Hearst, who had long wanted to distribute a strip by Foster. Hearst was so impressed. Prince Valiant began in full-color tabloid sections on Saturday February 13, 1937; the first full page was strip # 16. The internal dating changed from Saturday to Sunday with strip #66; the full-page strip continued until 1971, when strip #1788 was not offered in full-page format—it was the last strip Foster drew. The strip continues today by other artists in a half-page format; the setting is Arthurian. Valiant is a Nordic prince from Thule, located near present day Trondheim on the Norwegian coast. Early in the story Valiant arrives at Camelot where he becomes friends with Sir Gawain and Sir Tristram. Earning the respect of King Arthur and Merlin, he becomes a Knight of the Round Table. On a Mediterranean island he meets the love of his life, Queen of the Misty Isles, whom he marries.
He fights the Huns with his powerful Singing Sword, Flamberge, a magical blade created by the same enchanter who forged Arthur's Excalibur. Val travels to Africa and America and helps his father regain his lost throne of Thule, usurped by the tyrant Sligon; when the strip starts in 1937, Val is five years old. The first episodes follow the youth through the wild Fens district of Britain with his father, the deposed King Aguar of Thule; when Val encounters the witch Horrit she predicts he will have a life of adventure, noting that he will soon experience grief. Arriving home, Val discovers. Not long after this come encounters with Gawain, with gigantic creatures and with the glory of Camelot. Steve Donoghue comments: At first, in the earliest months of Prince Valiant, Foster’s Arthurian England might be confused with the Cimmeria of Conan the Barbarian: monsters abound; as a boy, Val fights a ‘dragon’ that looks a lot like a plesiosaur, he fires his arrows at a rampaging swamp-turtle the size of a Zamboni.
But only a few installments this has sublimated somewhat into history: when Val saves his new friend Sir Gawain from a robber knight and Gawain decides to take the villain to Camelot for summary judgement from King Arthur, the whole party is at one point attacked by another enormous beast—only this time it’s a salt water crocodile!... When they all at length succeed in killing the beast, Val is outraged that Gawain still seeks to have the man tried before King Arthur; the young prince speaks up in his outrage before the great king, his queen Guinevere and his feared wizard Merlin—and so a career at Camelot is born. Val becomes Gawain’s squire and immediately accompanies him on a quest, during which Gawain is captured and Val must use his wits—smiling and laughing the whole time—to free his mentor. On the trip, Gawain is wounded, the large panel where Val gets him back to Camelot is Foster’s first genuine visual show-stopper in the strip. Val acquires the Singing Sword in strips from 1938; the original owner of the Singing Sword is Prince Arn of Valiant's rival for the maid Ilene.
The two men put aside their differences. Arn hands Valiant the charmed sword to help him hold back their pursuers while he himself rides ahead to free Ilene; the pair continue in their efforts to rescue Ilene discovering that she has been killed in a shipwreck. Arn gives the Singing Sword to Valiant after the two part as friends. In the series it is mentioned that the Singing Sword is a sister to King Arthur's Excalibur. In the strips from 1939 Val is knighted by King Arthur, the following year, he helps to restore his father as King of Thule. Moving across Britain and the Holy Land, Val fights invading Goths and Saxons. In 1946, shortly after Val marries Aleta, she is kidnapped by the Viking raider Ulfran. Val's pursuit takes him past the Shetland Islands, the Faroe Islands, Greenland and the Saint Lawrence River, arriving at Niagara Falls 1,000 years before Columbus. Defeating Ulfran, Val is reunited with Aleta, the couple spend that winter with friendly Native Americans. In the strip dated August 31, 1947, Prince Arn, their first son, is born in America, Val celebrates by getting drunk.
The infant Arn is named after Prince Arn of Ord. Va
Amazing Heroes was a magazine about the comic book medium published by American company Fantagraphics Books from 1981 to 1992. Unlike its companion title, The Comics Journal, Amazing Heroes was a hobbyist magazine rather than an analytical journal. Amazing Heroes' first editor was Fantagraphics' head of promotion and circulation. Upon his departure after issue #6, Comics Journal editor Kim Thompson took over the reins; the magazine was published under the Fantagraphics imprint Zam, Inc. through issue #6. Beginning with # 7, the publishing imprint became Inc.. It remained under Redbeard through at least issue #61, but by issue #68 was being published by Fantagraphics Books, Inc; the magazine began as a monthly appeared twice a month for many years, went monthly again beginning in 1989. The magazine ran for folding with its July 1992 issue; the final issue was released as a double number Issue 203/204. In February 1993, Fantagraphics announced that the publisher Personality Comics had bought the rights to Amazing Heroes, planned to revive the magazine.
Nothing came of it, however, as Personality itself folded that year. Amazing Heroes' first thirteen issues were magazine-sized; the regular content included industry news, comics creator interviews, histories of comic book characters and reviews. Features included Hero Histories of various characters/features, previews of upcoming series, letters page. Other regular features were a column called "Doc's Bookshelf" by Dwight Decker, a question-and-answer feature called "Information Center," which ran from 1986–1989. There were regular special editions for previews of upcoming comics, "swimsuit editions" in which various comics artists drew pin-ups of characters in bikinis and similar beach apparel; the Amazing Heroes Preview Special appeared twice a year, presenting previews of all comics slated to appear over the next six months. These were extra-sized issues, were square-bound. Many issues of the AHPS contained joke entries; the editors fluctuated between publishing these as separately numbered specials and special issues of the regular series itself.
The Amazing Heroes Swimsuit Special debuted with a June 1990 edition. Amazing Heroes #200 contained an extended preview of Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics. From 1985 to 1987, the magazine presented The Jack Kirby Award for achievement in comic books, voted on by comic-book professionals and managed by Dave Olbrich, a Fantagraphics employee and publisher of Malibu Comics. Starting in 1988, the Kirby Award was discontinued and two new awards were created: the Eisner Award, managed by Olbrich, the Fantagraphics-managed Harvey Award. 1986: Eagle Award — Favourite Specialist Comics Publication 1987: Eagle Award — Favourite Specialist Comics Publication 1988: Eagle Award — Favourite Specialist Comics Publication 1992: Compuserve Comics and Animation Forum Award — Best Non-Fiction Work Bethke, Marilyn. "The New Kids on the Block," The Comics Journal #70, January 1982, pp. 110–111
Donald Duck is a cartoon character created in 1934 at Walt Disney Productions. Donald is an anthropomorphic white duck with a yellow-orange bill and feet, he wears a sailor shirt and cap with a bow tie. Donald is most famous for his semi-intelligible speech and his mischievous and temperamental personality. Along with his friend Mickey Mouse, Donald is one of the most popular Disney characters and was included in TV Guide's list of the 50 greatest cartoon characters of all time in 2002, he has appeared in more films than any other Disney character, is the most published comic book character in the world outside of the superhero genre. Donald Duck rose to fame with his comedic roles in animated cartoons. Donald's first appearance was in 1934 in The Wise Little Hen, but it was his second appearance in Orphan's Benefit which introduced him as a temperamental comic foil to Mickey Mouse. Throughout the next two decades, Donald appeared in over 150 theatrical films, several of which were recognized at the Academy Awards.
In the 1930s, he appeared as part of a comic trio with Mickey and Goofy and was given his own film series in 1937 starting with Don Donald. These films introduced Donald's love interest Daisy Duck and included his three nephews Huey and Louie. After the 1956 film Chips Ahoy, Donald appeared in educational films before returning to theatrical animation in Mickey's Christmas Carol, his most recent appearance in a theatrical film was 1999's Fantasia 2000. Donald has appeared in direct-to-video features such as Mickey, Goofy: The Three Musketeers, television series such as Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, video games such as QuackShot. Beyond animation, Donald is known for his appearances in comics. Donald was most famously drawn by Al Taliaferro, Carl Barks, Don Rosa. Barks, in particular, is credited for expanding the "Donald Duck universe", the world in which Donald lives, creating many additional characters such as Donald's rich uncle Scrooge McDuck. Donald has been a popular character in Europe in Nordic countries where his weekly magazine Donald Duck & Co was the most popular comics publication from the 1950s to 2009.
Donald is very popular in Italy, where he is major character in many comics in which his juvenile version Paperino Paperotto and his superhero alter-ego Paperinik were created. The origins of Donald Duck's name may have been inspired by Australian cricket legend Donald Bradman. In 1932 Bradman and the Australian team were touring North America and he made the news after being dismissed for a duck against New York West Indians. Walt Disney was in the process of creating a friend for Mickey Mouse when he read about Bradman's dismissal in the papers and decided to name the new character "Donald Duck". Voice performer Clarence Nash auditioned for Walt Disney Studios when he learned that Disney was looking for people to create animal sounds for his cartoons. Disney was impressed with Nash's duck imitation and chose him to voice the new character. Besides, during that period Mickey Mouse had lost some of his edge since becoming a role model towards children, so Disney wanted to create a character to portray some of the more negative character traits that could no longer be bestowed on Mickey.
Disney came up with Donald's iconic attributes including his sailor suit. While Dick Huemer and Art Babbit were first to animate Donald, Dick Lundy is credited for developing him as a character; the character is noted for his distinctive, only intelligible voice, developed by Donald's original performer, Clarence Nash. The voice actor produces sounds by forcing air through the mouth using the muscles of the cheek, rather than from the lungs as in typical speech. Nash reputedly developed the voice as that of a "nervous baby goat" before Walt Disney interpreted it as sounding like a duck. Donald's two dominant personality traits are his fiery-temper and his upbeat attitude to life. Many Donald shorts start with Donald in a happy mood, without a care in the world until something comes along and spoils his day, his rage is a great cause of suffering in his life. On multiple occasions, it has caused him to lose competitions. There are times when he fights to keep his temper in check, he sometimes succeeds in doing so temporarily, but he always returns to his normal angry self in the end.
Donald's vicious nature has its advantages, however. While at times it is a hindrance, a handicap, it has helped him in times of need; when faced with a threat of some kind, for example, Pete's attempts to intimidate him, he is scared, but his fear is replaced by anger. As a result, instead of running away, he fights—with ghosts, mountain goats, giant kites, the forces of nature. More than not, when he fights, he comes out on top. Donald is something of a prankster, as a result, he can sometimes come across as a bit of a bully in the way he sometimes treats Chip n' Dale and Huey and Louie, his nephews; as the animator Fred Spencer has put it: The Duck gets a big kick out of imposing on other people or annoying them, but he loses his temper when the tables are turned. In other words, he can dish it out. However, with a few exceptions, there is any harm in Donald's pranks, he never intends to hurt anyone, whenever his pranks go too far, he is always apologetic. In Truant Officer Donald, for example, when he is tricked into believing he has accidentally killed Huey and Louie, he shows great regret, blaming himself.
Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is a research library of American cartoons and comic art affiliated with the Ohio State University library system in Columbus, Ohio. Known as the Cartoon Research Library and the Cartoon Library & Museum, it holds the world's largest and most comprehensive academic research facility documenting and displaying original and printed comic strips, editorial cartoons, cartoon art; the museum is named after the Ohio cartoonist Billy Ireland. Covering comic books, daily strips, Sunday strips, editorial cartoons, graphic novels, magazine cartoons, sports cartoons, the collection includes 450,000 original cartoons, 36,000 books, 51,000 serial titles, 3,000 feet of manuscript materials, plus 2.5 million comic strip clippings and tear sheets. The Cartoon Library began in 1977 when the Milton Caniff Collection was donated to Ohio State and delivered to the School of Journalism, headed by Lucy Shelton Caswell, who became the Milton Caniff Reading Room first curator.
Interviewed by Matt Tauber, Caswell detailed the museum's origins and how she became involved: From two classrooms off the back hallway of the Journalism Building in 1977, the collection expanded to three classrooms and became part of the University Libraries. By 1989, the three classrooms were filled, the library moved into a larger space requiring the use of off-site storage as the collection continued to expand. In 1992, United Media donated the Robert Roy Metz Collection of 83,034 original cartoons by 113 cartoonists. In 1998, the San Francisco Academy of Comic Art Collection was acquired from its director, Bill Blackbeard, giving the library the largest collection of newspaper comic-strip tear sheets and clippings in the world. Six semitrailer trucks transported this collection from California to Ohio. In 2007, King Features Syndicate donated its proof-sheet collection, consisting of over two million strips. In June 2008, the collection of the International Museum of Cartoon Art was transferred to the Cartoon Library & Museum.
Founded in 1973 by cartoonist Mort Walker, the IMCA collection includes a wide variety of original cartoon art, display figures and collectibles, plus works on film and tape, CDs, DVDs. The 2009 exhibition From Yellow Kid to Conan: American Cartoons from the International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection was held at the Cartoon Library and Museum from June to August. In September 2009, it was announced that the Ohio State University Board of Trustees approved a new name, Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, in recognition of a $7 million gift from an anonymous donor to support the renovation of Sullivant Hall; the museum was named in honor of William Addison Ireland, a self-taught cartoonist well known throughout Ohio as Billy Ireland. A native of Chillicothe, Billy Ireland was a self-taught cartoonist, hired by The Columbus Dispatch shortly after his 1898 high school graduation; until his death, Ireland worked in Columbus for the Dispatch, drawing both editorial cartoons and his Sunday feature, The Passing Show.
His work was exhibited by the museum in 2003. Milton Caniff Reading Room, 1977 Library for Communication and Graphic Arts Cartoon and Photographic Arts Research Library Cartoon Research Library, 1989 Cartoon Library and Museum, July 2009 Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, September 2009 The Milton Caniff Collection consists of 12,000 original artworks by Caniff, 85 boxes of memorabilia, more than 450 boxes of manuscript materials, fan letters, business records; as the museum's collection of original art and manuscripts evolved and expanded, it added the Nick Anderson Collection, the Jim Borgman Collection, the Eldon Dedini Collection, the Edwina Dumm Collection, the Woody Gelman Collection of Winsor McCay cartoons, the Walt Kelly Collection, the collection of agent Toni Mendez, the Bill Watterson Collection. The Bud Blake Collection includes more than 5,800 of the cartoon panels he drew for King Features Syndicate from 1954 to 1965, plus 10,000 daily and Sunday Tiger originals. Comic-book collections include the Will Eisner Collection.
The museum's collection includes work by Anne Mergen, the only female editorial cartoonist in the United States for much of her career. Archival professional records include the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, National Cartoonists Society, Newspaper Features Council, the Cartoonists Guild. A biographical registry of cartoonists contains files for more than 5,000 cartoonists and clipping files organized by cartoon-related subjects; the library sponsors programs related to cartoon art by staging exhibitions, lending for exhibits elsewhere, hosting speakers, seminars and conferences. Some physical exhibitions have been made available as digital exhibitions; the Festival of Cartoon Art has been held triennially since 1983. Featuring two days of lectures, panel discussions and receptions, it attracts cartoonists, comics scholars, fans and students. Leading cartoonists have spoken at the festival, including Lynda Barry, Milton Caniff, Will Eisner, Jules Feiffer, Ben Katchor, Patrick Oliphant, Jeff Smith, Art Spiegelman, Garry Trudeau, Bill Watterson.
Caswell remained as curator from 1977–2010. She is author of several books on cartooning, including Illusions: Ethnicity in American Carto