Mort Walker’s International Museum of Cartoon Art has had a long (more than 30 year) history of diaspora: from its first home in Greenwich CT, to a castle in Rye, NY, to a new home of Florida, to a proposed home in the Empire State Building that never came through, to a warehouse in Stamford, it’s had a cursed life, it seems. We spoke about it with Walker about a year ago, and he mentioned that he was negotiating with Ohio State for a permanent home, and happily, that is just what has happened:
Mort Walker’s International Museum of Cartoon Art (IMCA) will be moving its estimated 200,000 piece collection to the Ohio State University Cartoon Research Library creating the largest collection of original cartoon art in the world.
IMCA’s collection consists original drawings from all genres of cartoon art (comic strips, comic books, animation, editorial, advertising, sport, caricature, greeting cards, graphic novels, and illustrations), display figures, toys and collectibles, and works on film and tape, CDs, and DVDs.
Lucy Shelton Caswell, professor and curator of the Cartoon Research Library, said that efforts are already underway to increase its space necessary to receive the additional art.