VCU's Comic Arts Collection

13 Dec

Ever wonder what treasures are hiding on all those floors of the VCU Library? On the 4th floor, the Special Collections department houses the largest Comic Arts collection in North America. Although the comics are not available for check out, they can be photocopied. If you’re interested in comic art or the influence of political cartoons in society, you might enjoy spending an hour or two browsing this collection.

To learn more, visit the Comics Art Collection web page.

Although hours are subject to change, the VCU web site currently lists the Special Collections hours during the VCU winter break as including Saturdays 1/5 and 1/12 which is unusual for a department that is usually only open M-F from 8-5:

Special Collections:
January 3 – 5: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
January 8 – 12: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

To confirm their hours before you hop into your car or onto your bike, call 828-1108 or email

Don’t have the time to visit in-person? You might enjoy the online exhibit of editorial cartoons by Fred O. Seibel, former cartoonist for the Richmond Times Dispatch. The exhibit includes letters to Seibel about his cartoons from FDR, Truman, J. Edgar Hoover, and other famous individuals.

Also, consider checking out a related book from the MW library to read over break:

741.5 – Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art

902.07 GON – The Cartoon History of the Universe

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