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EVENT: “Bill Griffith: A to Z” Wednesday, March 16, 6 PM, 523 Butler

Bill Griffith 2The cartoonist Bill Griffith has had a storied career, from his early underground comics featuring Mr. the Toad, to his long-running character Zippy the Pinhead, to his involvement in the influential comics anthology, Arcade, to his recent foray into long-form comics with his revelatory family history Invisible ink: my mother’s secret love affair with a famous cartoonist.

Griffith, a native Brooklynite, published some of his earliest comics in the East Village Other, then moved to San Francisco to join the burgeoning underground comix scene.  There he introduced Zippy and co-founded Arcade with Art Spiegelman.

Now back on the east coast, Griffith has decided to bequeath a substantial portion of his archives to Columbia’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library.  While the Zippy dailies will find a home in Columbus OH, at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, the archives of the early underground comic books, of Arcade, and of his graphic novels will be available for researchers here in New York City.

In celebration of this future–we hope, far in the future!–gift, Comics@Columbia and the Rare Book & Manuscript Library present a conversation with Bill Griffith and Art Spiegelman, moderated by Karen Green.

Please join us for this event, and for the reception to follow.

Wednesday, March 16

6:00 PM

Butler Library, room 523

Comics@Columbia events: “Celebrating Al Jaffee,” on Tuesday March 4, 7 PM.

With the new semester comes new events, and our first of the year is a corker: in honor of Al Jaffee's donation of his papers to our Rare Book and Manuscript Library, we're going to celebrate his life and career with a panel discussion.  Former DC Comics president (and sometime Columbia lecturer) Paul Levitz will moderate, and joining him will be cartoonist Peter Kuper, Mad magazine art director Sam Viviano, and–of course!–Al himself.

So mark your calendars for Tuesday March 4 at 7:00 PM, in room 523, Butler Library. 

A reception will follow the event.  As always, Comics@Columbia events are free and open to the public.