September 9th at 7 pm, Venue TBA
Ladies First: Women’s Innovations in Comics and Cartoon Art
Caitlin McGurk, co-curator of the 2019 exhibit Ladies First at The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, will give a whirlwind presentation on the impact of women cartoonists on the field of cartoon art. From the first female political cartoonist and the first female-created superhero, to the feminist voices that emerged from underground and alternative comics in the 1960s-90s, this presentation will explore how women have always pushed cartoon art forward and paved the way for contemporary artists working today.
Caitlin McGurk is an Associate Curator and Associate Professor at The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, the largest collection of comics and cartoon art in the world. She leads the comics history and education outreach efforts at the library, manages publicity and community events, and curates exhibitions. Caitlin has also worked for and interned at The Center for Cartoon Studies’ Schulz Library, the Bulliet Comics Collection of Columbia University, and Marvel Comics. She has written for Diamond Comics Bookshelf magazine for educators and librarians, published her own comics, and serves on the council for Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) and as a juror for the CMA/CCAD Columbus Comics Residency Program. McGurk’s research and scholarship is on women in comics, alternative and underground comics, and early comic strips. She is currently working on a book about early New Yorker magazine cartoonist Barbara Shermund.
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