Tag Archives: Graphic Novels

EVENT: “Spanish Fever”–Spanish cartoonists in conversation

imageThe Hispanic Institute and Comics@Columbia are delighted to work with the Spanish consulate to present five noted Spanish cartoonists in conversation.  Come meet these five cartoonists, whose work on the cutting edge of comics has brought about a new wave of cartoon art in Spain.

The panel will feature Santiago García, Javier Olivares, David Rubín, Ana Galvañ, and José Domingo, some of the many gifted artists featured in “Spanish Fever: Stories by the New Spanish Cartoonists” (Fantagraphics, 2016).

The discussion will be followed by a live drawing, as well as light refreshments.

Come join us in Butler Library, room 523.

Click this link to register: http://bit.ly/2caDJNN

Butler Library
Room 523
535 W 114th Street


EVENT: “An Evening with Jules Feiffer,” Monday, December 7, 6:00 PM

Feiffer & Fingeroth The Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies, in partnership with Comics@Columbia, is delighted to present a conversation with the legendary Jules Feiffer.

Feiffer is perhaps best known for his long-running strip in The Village Voice (1956-1997), but he is also a distinguished playwright and screenwriter, evinced by his Academy Award (for the short film “Munro”), his Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning, his Obie Award, his lifetime achievement award from the Writers Guild of America, and his induction into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Most recently, Feiffer has produced the first volume of a graphic novel trilogy, Kill My Mother, and his career has been celebrated in this year’s retrospective volume, Out of Line: the Art of Jules Feiffer.

Join us on Monday evening, December 7th, as Jules Feiffer chats with comics writer, editor, and historian Danny Fingeroth.

Book sales and a signing will follow the talk.

Monday, December 7

6:00 PM

Butler Library, room 523

535 W 114th Street

New York NY 10027


EXHIBITION: “Comics at Columbia: Past, Present, Future”

exhibition poster

exhibition poster

“Comics at Columbia: Past, Present, Future” presents art, manuscripts, and ephemera from Columbia’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library, including items associated with the university’s history, as well as art from Mad artist Al Jaffee, Elfquest artist Wendy Pini, and New Yorker cartoonist Charles Saxon; drafts and notes from X-Men writer Chris Claremont and Legion of Super Heroes writer Paul Levitz, and correspondence from mainstream and indie comics luminaries Stan Lee, Harvey Kurtzman, and Howard Cruse–and much more.  The exhibition demonstrates how long comics have been part of special collections at Columbia.

An irreverent comic strip confiscated from undergraduates in 1766 joins political cartoons from Thomas Nast and Rube Goldberg, Jerry Robinson’s early sketches of Dick Grayson and Bruce Wayne, Milt Gross’s contracts with The New York World, and a Joe Shuster Superman sketch, along with work from up-and-coming cartoonists.  The exhibition also features works “on the fringes” of comics, such as Rodolphe Töpffer’s The adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck and Lynd Ward’s wordless woodcut novels.

Comics at Columbia is curated by Karen Green, Librarian for Ancient & Medieval History and Graphic Novels Librarian at Columbia University.

Come to the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Butler Library, 6th floor east, Monday through Friday, from October 6 through January 23.

EVENT: “Politics and Comics,” November 3, 6 PM

Politics and Comics

Politics and Comics

From Honore Daumier to Thomas Nast, George Cruikshank to Garry Trudeau, political ideology and political commentary have been expressed through the medium of comics.

Please join Peter Kuper (cartoonist and co-founder of the political comics journal World War 3 Illustrated), Jeff Danziger (editorial cartoonist), and Liza Donnelly (New Yorker cartoonist and member of “Cartooning for Peace“) as they discuss the role of politics in their own work.

What better way to spend Election Day eve?

Monday, November 3, 6 PM

Butler Library, room 523

There will be books available for purchase and signing.

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.

Comics@Columbia: “Brooklyn Comes to Morningside Heights” Weds. 11/13 6pm

 In the final comics event of the Fall semester, Butler Library welcomes three of Brooklyn's most talented cartoonists for a discussion of their work, their process, their origins, and their future. Please join Dash Shaw (The Mother's Mouth, Bottomless Belly Button, The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century A.D., BodyWorld, New School), Gabrielle Bell (When I'm Old and Other Stories, Lucky, Cecil and Jordan in New York, San Diego Diary, July Diary, The Voyeurs), and Lisa Hanawalt (My Dirty Dumb Eyes) in an informal discussion with Columbia's graphic novels librarian, Karen Green.   There will be book sales and signings following the panel. Light refreshments will be served.   We hope to see you there!

EVENT: “Picture This: The Art of Comics Adaptations”–Monday April 15, 6 PM

The Libraries are thrilled to host an event sponsored by the French Embassy: a conversation between French cartoonist Alex Alice and Brooklyn cartoonist Ron Wimberly on the craft of transforming literature into comics.

Alex Alice has produced an award-winning three-volume adaptation of the Nibelungenlied, or Ring Cycle, titled Siegfried, now being published in an English edition.  Ron Wimberly, whose art for Sentences helped it merit a choice as one of Time magazine's Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2007, recently published a hip-hop adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, Prince of Cats.

The two artists will discuss their work and the process of adaptation in a conversation with Tucker Stone, co-owner of Bergen Street Comics.

DATE: Monday, April 15


PLACE: 523 Butler Library

EVENT: “Comics at Columbia: the Golden Age” March 7, 6 PM

Comics at Columbia: the Golden Age  Please join us in 523 BUtler on Thursday March 7 at 6 PM for a panel celebrating two of the Libraries' newest acquisitions!

The Rare Book and Manuscript Library has acquired the research materials and library used by journalist Larry Tye for his acclaimed book, Superman: the high-flying history of America's most enduring hero, as well as six 1940s Batman typescripts, complete with editorial emendations, donated by the estate of the late Jerry Robinson, the noted comics artist.  More information about both these acquisitions may be found here.

The panel, moderated by Paul Levitz, former president of DC Comics and Columbia adjunct faculty, will include

The event will be held in 523 Butler.  A reception and book signing will follow.

Columbia University Libraries Expands Support for Research in Comics and Graphic Novels

Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML) is pleased to announce the acquisition of two significant additions to its Comics and Graphic Novels collections:  research materials for Larry Tye’s well-received 2012 book, Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Superhero, as well as six 1940’s Batman scripts from the estate of Jerry Robinson.


Bill Finger Batman Script
A selection from Batman #31/Oct-Nov 1945, "Punch and Judy". Bill Finger.

The acquisitions are the latest development in Columbia University Libraries’ support for the research and teaching of comics and graphic novels.  Since 2005, a circulating collection of such materials has inspired scholarly inquiry, academic writing and coursework, including The American Graphic Novel, a course co-taught by Columbia University Professor Jeremy Dauber and former DC Comics president Paul Levitz.

To commemorate the significant advances in this area, Columbia University Libraries and the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies will host a panel discussion, Comics at Columbia: The Golden Age at 6pm in 523 Butler on March 7th.  Reception to follow; admission is open to the public.

Materials in the Tye collection include a seventy-page transcript of an oral history interview with Jack Liebowitz, a founder of the company that would become DC Comics; Superman creator Jerry Siegel's unpublished memoir; a transcript of a lengthy conversation between longtime DC editor Whitney Ellsworth and Superman historian Gary Grossman; as well as documents that outline the sale of the rights to Superman.  Along with Tye’s own research library of nearly 200 books, the collection also includes clippings from publications such as Look Magazine and The Saturday Evening Post that chronicle Siegel and Shuster's creative development, and the typescript for an unpublished Superman story by Jerry Siegel, "The Death of Clark Kent."

“The story behind the story is knotty and complicated as life always is, and excavating it takes laborious research and hard digging,” recognized Dauber.  “Larry Tye’s work – and the records of it he’s donated to Columbia University – provides a treasure trove for scholars of a significant corner of American Culture.”

The gift of Tye’s research materials coincides with the 75th anniversary of Superman’s introduction in a 1938 comic book, Action Comics #1.  Columbia University Libraries has been invited to co-sponsor the Center for Jewish History’s January 27th event and panel discussion: Superman at 75: Celebrating America’s Most Enduring Hero.  Experts on the superhero, including Tye, will gather to discuss Superman’s inception and endurance as a cultural icon. For more information on this event, please visit http://cjh.org/event/2143.

The Robinson Collection’s Batman scripts, which feature extensive editorial corrections and emendations, provide a valuable glimpse into the collaboration between Robinson and writers such as Bill Finger and Alvin Schwartz.  Robinson is best known for the character design of the Joker.

“Unlike prose, the hidden ‘art direction’ in comic book scripts never makes it from the manuscript to the printed page,” said Levitz. “The gifted scripts are a treasured look at an amazing moment in comics history…and a wonderful resource for scholars.” 

“I am delighted that Jerry Robinson’s personal collection of original Batman scripts from Detective Comics and Batman by Bill Finger and other writers will be available for scholars and serious enthusiasts of twentieth century American popular culture,” said Jens Robinson, son of the late Robinson and donor, with his mother Gro, of the Batman scripts.  “These characters – from the Joker, Penguin, Two-Face, Catwoman and others in the Rogues gallery – to Robin and the faithful Alfred – were only the very beginning of decades of literary, artistic, journalistic, entrepreneurial and humanitarian contributions to the world by a ‘boy wonder’ from Trenton, New Jersey.”

For more information about Columbia University Libraries’ Comics and Graphic Novels resources, please visit http://library.columbia.edu/eguides/graphic_novels.html.

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