February 22, 2009

The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, New York City

Posted in Uncategorized tagged at 11:06 am by classicalmusic

Here’s a museum that you may never have guessed existed. It’s the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art. This collection of all things comic is located in the heart of New York City. Not only does it host an ever changing series of comic exhibits, but there are weekly events such as speakers, panel discussions, and comic workshops.

You may wonder why bother? What could be important about an old Batman comic or a Ritchie Rich series? Well, comics can actually tell us a lot more about historic time periods than other sources. that’s because comics really reflect contemporary values in an honest, non-judgmental way. But when you visit, you will have top decide for yourself.

The collections are kept in mint condition so that they can be enjoyed for generations of comic fans and historians. According to the museum’s website: “The museum’s rigid collection policy ensures that the art collections are maintained in an environment of the highest integrity.”

Another important subject that is skillfully presented is the way comics have changed and evolved over time. Once, comics were a prime source of entertainment. Where do they fit in today when our lives are crowded with high tech options such as Internet, video on demand, and smart phones? The museum shows how the comic art form may be changing, but it’s not going away anytime soon.

Plan on at least two hours to see the exhibits and more time if you have a research project. For serious historians, call ahead and book an appointment with one of the curators. If you are hungry, there is a great coffee shop very close by.

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