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McCabe Comic Books Collection

The comic book collection in McCabe was a gift from Swarthmore alum Richard A. Lamb '88.

ZAP! BAM! KAPOW! Superheroes in McCabe

July 26 – September 30 2016

Batman. Superman. Wonder Woman. Three iconic comic book characters and prominent members of the Justice League now live permanently in McCabe. McCabe’s comic collection contains over 6000 comics, donated by alumnus Richard A. Lamb, class of 1988. They live in the second floor periodicals lounge. This exhibition features the collection’s most prominent characters (and some of their greatest villains). All comics can be checked out at the circulation desk.

Comics and Sacred Texts

"Comics & Sacred Texts" banner

May 6, 2016

Drawing together the Israeli Cartoon Museum exhibit Bible Stories in Comics, student artistic work in the course Reading Comics and Religion, and contributors to the edited volume Sacred Texts and Comics: Religion, Faith, and Graphic Narratives, the symposium Comics and Sacred Texts will engage the visual registers of religious expression across a broad spectrum of religious traditions.
Comics and Sacred Texts is organized in conjunction with the Haverford-Swarthmore spring 2016 course “Reading Comics and Religion,” taught by Yvonne Chireau (Swarthmore) and Ken Koltun-Fromm (Haverford), and is presented by the John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities, its Tuttle Creative Residencies Program, the Distinguished Visitors Program, and the Gest Program Fund, Haverford College.

Archetypes of Change: The Evolving Comic Book and Its Heroes

Exhibition poster from Haverford exhibit

February 6–September 7, 2015
Curated by Charlie Espinosa '15 and co-curated by Shahzeen Nasim '16 and Nate Rehm-Daly '16

Archetypes of Change: The Evolving Comic Book and Its Heroes explores the evolution of the comic book between the late 1930s and 1990s through the changing characteristics of its heroes. Using Northrop Frye's "theory of myths," the exhibit classifies four narrative forms—romance, tragedy, irony/satire, and comedy—that provide a framework for understanding how changes in the role and persona of the comic book hero are shaped by larger cultural and political shifts. Through this framework, the exhibit traces a move from Cold War-era hegemonic norms to a more pluralistic approach that challenges rather than reaffirms those norms. Visitors to the exhibit will have the opportunity to enact this turn by "writing" their own comics using colorforms. The exhibit draws from Haverford's student-run comic book collection (housed in Magill Library).

Committed to Comics

Exhibition poster for Committed to Comics (Swarthmore)

January 25 - March 9, 2014
Curated by James Sturm

Selected periodicals and printed ephemera from Vermont's Center for Cartoon Studies