Showing posts with label Library of Congress. Show all posts
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Roz Chast does 2017 Book Festival poster

2017 National Book Festival Poster Depicts Delightful World of Books

2017 National Book Festival poster by cartoonist Roz Chast.

Spring is in the air and with it begins anticipation for our summer celebration of books and reading – the Library of Congress National Book Festival – which this year will take place on Sept. 2. Two weeks ago the diverse author lineup for the 2017 festival was announced and today the poster is being revealed!

The poster artist is Roz Chast, a cartoonist whose work has been published in The New Yorker, Scientific American, the Harvard Business Review, Redbook, and more. Chast started drawing cartoons as a child growing up in Brooklyn, and went on to graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has won numerous awards for her books and illustrations.

Cindy Moore, a graphic specialist at the Library of Congress, led a team of other graphics specialists at the Library in selecting Chast to design this year's poster. However, the theme Chast came up with was all her own.

"Books have always been a major part of my life from the time I learned to read," explains Chast. "They are a way to escape from the world, but also a way to feel more deeply connected to it. I wanted to make a poster that expressed the excitement, appreciation, and delight I have for the books of my life."

By the looks of this lively whimsical poster, she succeeded wildly!

You can download a copy of the poster from the Library of Congress National Book Festival website.
The 2017 Library of Congress National Book Festival, which is free for everyone, will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday, Sept. 2. The festival is made possible by the generosity of sponsors. You too can support the festival by making a gift now.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Will Eisner Week exhibit at the Library of Congress

20170306_113219Last week, the departments of Serials (ie comic books) and Prints & Photographs (ie original art and posters) put on small exhibit for a couple of hours in recognition of Will Eisner's 100th birthday. In addition to Spirit comic books, there was original art by Eisner, as well as other comics and comic book pages.


 Spirited snarf at Library of Congress 


More pictures are on Flickr.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

My mini-comics collection now at Library of Congress

by Matt Dembicki

On Friday, I loaded up the minivan and brought my minicomics collection to the Library of Congress. It wasn't easy to part with, because these are not just books, but momentos and memories. But in the end, LOC will do a much better job preserving it and allowing researchers and others to find those gems they're looking for. My collection is mostly from 2000 up to present (with a heavy does of Midwest and D.C. area cartoonists) but there are a bunch from earlier decades as well as from other countries. One that comes to mind was a mini done by Kevin Eastman before he did Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Ed Piskor, Michael Ramirez, and Gene Yang announced for National Book Festival in 2016

Update: Darrin Bell has also confirmed his attendance.

Sweet Sixteen: The 2016 National Book Festival Announced!

January 21, 2016 by

Many authors have already accepted the festival's invitations this year, and they include:
  • Kwame Alexander, Newbery Medal winner
  • Douglas Brinkley, prize-winning historian
  • Christopher Buckley, author of such satirical works as "Thank You for Smoking"
  • Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House and author
  • Philip Glass, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer
  • Annette Gordon-Reed, Pulitzer Prize winner
  • Winston Groom, author of "Forrest Gump"
  • Stephen King, best-selling, prize-winning author and literacy advocate
  • James McBride, National Book Award winner
  • Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian
  • Joyce Carol Oates, prize-winning author of more than 70 books
  • Ed Piskor, alternative comics artist
  • Michael Ramirez, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner
  • Diane Rehm, NPR host and author
  • Salman Rushdie, Man Booker Prize winner
  • Stacy Schiff, Pulitzer Prize winner
  • Bob Woodward, Pulitzer prize winner and author of 17 No. 1 best-sellers
  • Luis Alberto Urrea, prize-winning author of "The Devil's Highway"
  • Gene Luen Yang, Library of Congress National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

The National Book Festival poster will be designed this year by Yuko Shimizu, an illustrator based in New York City and an instructor at the School of Visual Arts. Her work has appeared on The Gap T-shirts, Pepsi cans, Visa card billboards and Microsoft and Target ads, as well as on book covers for Penguin, Scholastic and DC Comics. She has published work in the pages of The New York Times, Time magazine, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker and many other publications.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

King Features: Celebrating 100 Years at the Library of Congress

King Features: Celebrating 100 Years at the Library of Congress

SPEAKER: Brendan Burford, Patrick McDonnell, Brian Walker, Jeff Keane, Hilary Price, Ray Billingsley, Mike Peters
EVENT DATE: 2015/05/22
RUNNING TIME: 75 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript (link will open in a new window)
King Features Syndicate celebrated 100 years of comic strip creation and history with a panel of some of today's greatest illustrators.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Comic art at the Library of Congress

Sometimes you walk in and waiting on a table in Prints and Photos are some gems. These are from the Swann Collection.

Original Captain America art by Sal Buscema at the Library of Congress.
Gluyas Williams original art of the Library of Congress at the Library of Congress.
Marie Severin original Hulk art at the Library of Congress.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Stephan Pastis: 2015 National Book Festival

Stephan Pastis: 2015 National Book Festival

Sep 28, 2015

Cartoonist Stephan Pastis appears at the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.

Speaker Biography: Stephan Pastis used to be a lawyer. Now, he is the award-winning cartoonist who creates "Pearls Before Swine," a syndicated daily comic strip that runs in 750 newspapers around the world. The humorous comic strip's host of friends -- Rat, Pig, Goat and Zebra -- deliver a smart, witty and painfully honest commentary on modern issues ranging from politics to pop culture. Pastis tends to produce his comics at an unusual five to nine months ahead of the deadline. His latest collection is "Pearls Gets Sacrificed: A Pearls Before Swine Treasury." In addition to creating "Pearls Before Swine," Pastis is the author of the best-selling children's chapter book series Timmy Failure.

For transcript, captions, and more information, visit
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Friday, September 18, 2015

Did you miss the pre-SPX Little Nemo and Dylan Horrocks events?

Did you miss the pre-SPX Little Nemo and Dylan Horrocks events?

If so, not to worry. ComicsDC had people there covering them for you. We got audio recordings of both events. The Library of Congress filmed the Little Nemo presentation, and it'll eventually be on their website, but for now, you can listen to it here. Click on the title to be taken to an audio file.


DRAWING ON HISTORY - Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream

Bruce Guthrie has photographs of their presentation on his website and you can follow along by syncing his pictures and the audio.

Dylan Horrocks was last at SPX in 1999, talking about his book Hicksville and bring a traveling exhibition with him.

He's back and better than ever. 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Small Press Expo exhibit at Library of Congress

The Serial & Government Publications Division of the Library of Congress has been collecting material at and from the Small Press Expo (SPX) for a few years. They've got an exhibit of some of the material in the main Jefferson building through October. Images courtesy of the LoC.

SPX opens Saturday at 11 am. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Oct 20: Peter Kuper talk at Library of Congress (CORRECTED)

at noon about his new, "328 page graphic novel called Ruins that follows a fictional couple on sabbatical in Mexico and in tandem the migration of the Monarch butterfly."

Further details to come.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

"Herblock Looks at 1965" Exhibit Features Cartoons About Voting Rights, Vietnam and More

April 29, 2015

Public contact: Sara Duke (202) 707-3630,
"Herblock Looks at 1965" Exhibit Features Cartoons
About Voting Rights, Vietnam, Nuclear Weapons, Immigration and More
A 10-cartoon display of Herblock drawings at the Library of Congress focuses on the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and U.S. policies in Vietnam.  Herblock was the Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist at The Washington Post for more than 55 years.
The exhibit, "Herblock Looks at 1965: Fifty Years Ago in Editorial Cartoons," is now open in the Herblock Gallery of the Graphic Arts Galleries on the ground level of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C.  Free and open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, the exhibit runs through Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015.
Other topics addressed in this display, which opened in March 2015, include internal discord in the Republican Party, the buildup of nuclear weapons and immigration reform.
The Herblock Gallery, part of the Library's Graphic Arts Galleries, celebrates the work of Herbert L. Block with a rotating display of 10 original drawings.  The display changes every six months.  A second set of drawings from 1965 will be placed on exhibition from Sept. 26, 2015 to March 19, 2016.
Herblock's cartoons also are showcased in another room of the Graphic Arts Galleries in an exhibition titled "Pointing Their Pens: Herblock and Fellow Cartoonists Confront the Issues," which opened March 21, 2015 and will close on March 19, 2016.  The exhibition, featuring 30 cartoons, looks at how editorial cartoonists, often with divergent viewpoints, interpreted the divisive issues of the 20th century.
"Herblock Looks at 1965" and "Pointing Their Pens" have been made possible through the generous support of the Herb Block Foundation.  The foundation donated a collection of more than 14,000 original Herblock cartoon drawings and 50,000 rough sketches, as well as manuscripts, to the Library of Congress in 2002, and has generously continued to provide funds to support ongoing programming.
The Library has been collecting original cartoon art for more than 140 years.  It is a major center for cartoon research with holdings of more than 100,000 original cartoon drawings and prints.  These works, housed in the Prints and Photographs Division, span five centuries and range from 17th-century Dutch political prints to 21st-century contemporary comic strips.  The division holds the largest-known collection of American political prints and the finest assemblage of British satirical prints outside Great Britain.  The Library acquired these materials through a variety of sources including artists' gifts, donations by private collectors, selective purchases and copyright registration.  For more information, visit
The Library of Congress, the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world, holds more than 160 million items in various languages, disciplines and formats.  The Library serves the U.S. Congress and the nation both on-site in its reading rooms on Capitol Hill and through its award-winning website at
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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Sept 12: Box Brown speaks at Library of Congress at noon

Another comics picture from the Library of Congress

  • Title: [Child lying on floor with comic books]
  • Date Created/Published: [no date recorded on caption card]
  • Medium: 1 photographic print.
  • Reproduction Number: LC-USZ62-59651 (b&w film copy neg.)
  • Rights Advisory: Rights status not evaluated. For general information see "Copyright and Other Restrictions..." (
  • Call Number: SSF - Comic books, strips, etc. [item] [P&P]
  • Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
  • Notes:
    • Photo by Acme Newspictures
    • This record contains unverified, old data from caption card.
    • Caption card tracings: Photog. Index; Comic strips...; Children Reading; Shelf.

Tip from Sara Duke. Peter Sattler identified the comics as Captain Marvel Adventures #69; Action Comics 106 (March 1947 cover); Wonder Woman 21 (Jan/Feb 1947); Crack Comics #47 (the BEEZY story); Funny Folks #6 (Feb/Mar 1947); Flash Comics #8; and Jo-Jo Comics #5.

Monday, September 08, 2014

1942 photo of child reading Superman comics found in Library of Congress.

New York, N.Y. Children's Colony, a school for refugee children administered by a Viennese. German refugee child, a devotee of Superman

  • Title: New York, N.Y. Children's Colony, a school for refugee children administered by a Viennese. German refugee child, a devotee of Superman
  • Creator(s): Collins, Marjory, 1912-1985, photographer
  • Date Created/Published: 1942 October.
  • Medium: 1 photographic print.
  • Summary: Photograph shows a boy reading a Superman comic book.
  • Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-ds-04108 (digital file from original)
  • Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication.
  • Call Number: FSA/OWI COLL - D 364 [item] [P&P]
  • Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Thanks to Sara Duke for the tip. Craig Yoe identified it as Superman #19.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Batman 75th anniversary exhibit at Library of Congress

Megan Halsband of the Newspapers and Periodicals division has put up a small exhibit of Batman comic books in the Madison Building. Here are some pictures that she provided.

August 14: Civil War veterans Swann Lecture at Library of Congress

Free   and   Open   to   the   Public

Empty Sleeves and Bloody Shirts: Disabled Civil War Veterans and Presidential Campaigns, 1864-1880

An Illustrated Lecture by  Erin Corrales-Diaz
Swann Foundation Fellow, 2013-2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014, at 12 noon
In West Dining Room, Madison Building, 6th Floor
Sponsored by the Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon
and the Prints & Photographs Division

Request ADA accommodation five days in advance at 202.707.6362 or;  for additional information

Contact Martha Kennedy at or 202.707-9115

Friday, July 11, 2014

2014 National Book Festival comics guests

Comic bookers who will be guests at the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival on Aug. 30 include: Bryan Lee O'Malley, Jeff Smith, Raina Telegemeier, Gene Luen Yang, Jeffrey Brown, Jules Feiffer, Kyle Baker, Brian Biggs, Andrew Aydin and Rep. John Lewis.