Penn Libraries Events & Exhibitions
Life in Boxes:

Comic Art & Artifacts
Andrea Gottschalk's <em>Birth of a Collector</em> 2008 comic strip drawing
On exhibit October 27, 2008 - March 22, 2009
Boxes are the ruled surroundings of every comic strip and comic book panel, and even constitute the twenty-four frames per second of the animated film. This exhibition reflects the history and development of these various genres and includes original art, comic books, graphic novels, volumes of single panel cartoons, histories, and criticism drawn from the collection of more than 5,000 books and over 20,000 comic books recently donated to the Penn Libraries by alumnus Steven Rothman. Featured are editorial cartoons; superheroes; underground comix; Terry and the Pirates, Peanuts, and Pogo, Donald Duck and Dirty Duck, Little Lulu, Little Orphan Annie and Little Annie Fanny, Superman and Super Goof.

Kamin Gallery, first floor, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
University of Pennsylvania, 3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
Saturday and Sunday, by prior arrangement
Related Events:
Wednesday, February 4, 5:30 PM
and Thursday, February 5, 5:30 PM
James Duesing Animation Lectures

James Duesing, computer animator and video artist, will give two evening lectures. On February 4, Duesing will speak about his own animation. On February 5, Duesing will speak about the history of animation from his perspective as an artist. He is currently a professor in electronic and time-based art at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Art.

Rosenwald Gallery
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
3420 Walnut Street, sixth floor

February 4 - RSVP HERE

February 5 - RSVP HERE

Monday, March 16, 5:00 PM
Your Inner Fish Comic Contest DEADLINE

The Penn Libraries is sponsoring a comic book/graphic novel contest inspired by this year's Penn Reading Project selection, Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body, by Neil Shubin. Create your own comic book or graphic novel inspired by the themes of evolution and change using Comic Life software. Winners will be announced at the April 1st event, a lecture by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, Signe Wilkinson. Prizes TBA.

The David B. Weigle Information Commons (WIC)
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
3420 Walnut Street, first floor (west)

Wednesday, March 18, 5:30 PM
Nathan Schreiber, Comic Artist

While at Penn Nathan Schreiber, '03, created a weekly comic strip, Terrell Quimby, which won the 2001 National College Media Advisers award for Best College Cartoon Strip. He is currently working on Power Out, his first full-length graphic novel.

Rosenwald Gallery
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
3420 Walnut Street, sixth floor

Wednesday, April 1, 5:30 PM
Signe Wilkinson, Cartoonist

The first female cartoonist to receive a Pulitzer Prize (1992), Signe Wilkinson draws editorial cartoons for the Philadelphia Daily News and the comic strip Family Tree. Following Wilkinson's presentation about her career the Libraries will announce the winner of the Your Inner Fish Comic Contest.

Rosenwald Gallery
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
3420 Walnut Street, sixth floor

All events are free and open to the public (please show photo ID at entrance)
Reservations appreciated but not required
Please email friends@pobox.upenn.edu or phone 1-800-390-1829
Pow! Comics, Animation, and Graphic Novels at Penn

This exhibition is part of the year-long celebration
POW! Comics, Animation, and Graphic Novels at Penn
For information about other POW! events please visit