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Comic Art in Museums$
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Kim A. Munson

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496828118

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496828118.001.0001

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Exhibitions at the Museum of Cartoon Art: A Personal Recollection

Exhibitions at the Museum of Cartoon Art: A Personal Recollection

(p.135) Exhibitions at the Museum of Cartoon Art: A Personal Recollection
Comic Art in Museums

Brian Walker

University Press of Mississippi

The Museum of Cartoon Art was the first full-service collection institution dedicated to comic art, founded by the cartoonist Mort Walker (Beetle Bailey, Hi & Lois) in Greenwich, CT in 1974. In this 2009 essay, Mort’s son, Brian Walker, who became the museum’s director and curator, writes of his memories of how the museum was established and operated, key shows the museum organized, and the challenges of running a small non-profit museum. The essay was written when the Walker Collection was donated to the Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum and Library at The Ohio State University. Images: Brian Walker at Mead Mansion, 1975; drawing of Ward’s Castle by John Cullen Murphy. Includes list of exhibitions 1975-1992 and list of cartoonists inducted into the Museum’s Hall of Fame.

Keywords:   Mort Walker, First cartoon museum, Non-profit museum, Walker Collection, Billy Ireland Museum

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