By: E&P Staff
The International Museum of Cartoon Art, which couldn’t survive in Boca Raton, Fla., may reopen during the fall of 2006 as the National Cartoon Museum in the Empire State Building, according to a story in Saturday’s New York Times.
Museum founder Mort Walker had previously told E&P Online that New York City was a possible site for the facility (see stories from Sept. 3, 2001, and March 26, 2003).
According to the Times article, the museum will occupy three lower floors of the Empire State Building. The famous Manhattan skyscraper has a cartoon history; what is now Marvel Comics used to be headquartered there.
Walker — creator of the “Beetle Bailey” comic distributed by King Features Syndicate — founded the museum in 1974. It was in Greenwich, Conn., and Rye Brook, N.Y., before officially opening in Boca Raton in 1996. Its collection
of more than 160,000 original cartoons has been in storage since 2002.
Why didn’t things go better in Florida? Walker, 81, said one reason is that Boca Raton wasn’t enough of a “destination” to attract the number of visitors the museum would have received in a bigger city — like New York.