Category: Comics

Public invited to Siegel and Shuster Induction Ceremony into the Jewish-American Hall of Fame, Sunday, Nov. 14

Public invited to Siegel and Shuster Induction Ceremony into the Jewish-American Hall of Fame, Sunday, Nov. 14

The November 14th program will feature Don Boozer, Manager of the Literature Department at Cleveland Public Library (home to one of the largest Superman memorabilia collections in the country) and Coordinator of the Ohio Center for the Book speaking on Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster’s connection to Cleveland, Ohio, and their lasting legacy to the …

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An Ohio Comics Conversation with Tom Batiuk and Jay Kalagayan

An Ohio Comics Conversation with Tom Batiuk and Jay Kalagayan

The Ohio Center for the Book was fortunate to be asked by the Ohioana Library to host an outreach event for the Ohioana Book Festival this year. Tom Batiuk of Funky Winkerbean and Crankshaft fame and Jay Kalagayan, creator, writer, and publisher of MeSseD Comics, had a wide-ranging conversation with our Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Valentino Zullo. …

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Milton Caniff

Born: February 28, 1907Died: April 3, 1988 Ohio connection: Birth Hillsboro An award-winning cartoonist, Milton Caniff began drawing the Boy Scout page for a local newspaper at age thirteen. Best known as the creator of the comic strips, “Terry and the Pirates” and “Steve Canyon,” Caniff once considered a career in acting. Graduating from The Ohio State University in …

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Smith, Jeff

Columbus Born: 1960 Ohio connection: Resident Jeffrey Alan Smith was born in 1960 to William Earl and Barbara Smith in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania. He grew up near Columbus.  As a child, Smith read and was inspired by Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge, Peanuts, and adventure comics like Batman and Superman. Some of his favorite comics are George Herriman’s Krazy Kat and E.C. Segar’s Thimble …

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