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EVENTS: Two Pieces of Comics History: March 7, April 18

In addition to the Bill Griffith event on March 16,  Comics@Columbia brings you two book talks that explore important people in the history of comics and cartoons.

On Monday, March 7, in celebration of Will Eisner Week, Paul Levitz joins Columbia professor Jeremy Dauber for a discussion focusing on Levitz’s recent book, Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel Levitz and Dauber are known on campus for the course they co-teach in the American Studies program, “The American Graphic Novel,” which will be offered again in Spring 2017.  Eisner, of course, was a groundbreaking cartoonist, businessman, educator, graphic novelist, and ultimately, evangelist and champion of the comics form as art and literature.  Join us for a spirited and scholarly discussion of Eisner’s significance, and how his influence has spread even to this university.

Monday, March 7, 6 PM

Butler Library, room 523

Book sales and signing will follow the talk.


On Monday, April 18, cartoonist and comics historian Michael Maslin joins renowned New Yorker cartoonist  and illustrator Edward Sorel for a lively discussion of one of the legends of cartooning, Peter Arno.  For over forty years, Arno contributed cartoons and covers to The New Yorker,  helping establish the magazine as the ne plus ultra of Manhattan style and sophistication.  Maslin’s new book, Peter Arno: the Mad, Mad World of The New Yorker’s Greatest Cartoonist, examines this bon vivant, one of the New Yorker‘s first geniuses, an artist whose powers of observation brought to life every social stratum, from the 400 to Café Society and from debutantes to flappers.

Monday, April 18, 6 PM

Butler Library, room 523

Book sales and signing will follow.


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


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!

EVENTS: Comics@Columbia Supports NY Comic-Con with ElfQuest and X-Men

New York Comic-Con is upon us!  To join in the festivities, Butler Library presents two exciting comics events.

Both events are free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

1) Wednesday, October 9, 6 PM

523 Butler

To celebrate Columbia’s recent acquisition of the archives of Wendy and Richard Pini (aka WaRP Graphics), the creators behind the long-running comic ElfQuest join comics librarian Karen Green and moderator Sabrina Sondhi for a discussion of the origins and innovations of this popular series, and the contributions their archives can make to comics scholarship.

The newest ElfQuest story will be available for sale, and a signing and reception will follow.


2) Monday, October 14, 7 PM

523 Butler

Join long-time X-Men writer Chris Claremont, director Patrick Meaney, and producer Mike Phillips for a screening of their documentary “Comics in Focus: Chris Claremont’s X-Men.”  Claremont’s contributions to the X-Men mythology are wide-ranging and include the story-lines of the recent X-Men films.  A Q&A with the participants will follow.

Light refreshments will be served.

We hope you’ll join us for both of these events, and participate in Columbia University Libraries’ support for this fascinating artistic medium.

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.