Cartoon Show Extended at Library of Congress

By: E&P Staff

The closing date of a Library of Congress cartoon exhibit has moved from Jan. 27 to Feb. 24, according to ComicsDC.blogspot.com blogger Mike Rhode.

“Cartoon America: Highlights from the Art Wood Collection of Cartoon and Caricature” opened Nov. 2. The Washington, D.C.-based exhibit features original art by past and present creators — including editorial cartoonists Rube Goldberg, Bill Mauldin, Thomas Nast, and Pat Oliphant; and comic cartoonists Milton Caniff (“Terry and the Pirates”), George Herriman (“Krazy Kat”), Lynn Johnston (“For Better or For Worse”), Winsor McCay (“Little Nemo in Slumberland”), Charles Schulz (“Peanuts”), and Chic Young (“Blondie”).

Wood’s collection includes more than 36,000 cartoons and caricatures. A cartoonist himself, Wood originally housed the collection in its own D.C. gallery from 1995 to 1997. A lack of sustained funding forced the facility to close, and the collection eventually moved to the Library of Congress in 2003.

A companion book called “Cartoon America: Comic Art in the Library of Congress” was published this fall by Harry N. Abrams Inc. It’s edited by curator and comics historian Harry Katz.

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