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The Friends of the Goucher College Library Presents "Bill Blackbeard: The Collector Who Rescued the Comics"

Release date: August 07, 2008

Jenny Robb, a professor and associate curator at the Ohio State University Cartoon Research Library, will discuss Bill Blackbeard, the founder of the San Francisco Academy of Comic Art, in a talk titled "Bill Blackbeard: The Collector Who Rescued the Comics." This free public talk, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Goucher College Library, will be held Thursday, October 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Goucher College's Kelley Lecture Hall.

For more information, contact Peter McCarthy at 410-337-6362 or peter.mccarthy@goucher.edu.

Blackbeard founded the San Francisco Academy of Art in 1968 to collect materials being discarded by libraries worldwide with the goal of documenting the history of American cartoon art. His immense collection consists of 2.5 million clippings, tearsheets, and comic sections spanning the years of 1894 to 1996.

He has used the collection to write, edit, or contribute to more than 200 books, cartoons, and comic strips, including the Smithsonian Collection of Newspaper Comics and 100 Years of Comic Strips.

Ohio State University Cartoon Research Library acquired Blackbeard's collection in 1998.


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