Prince Valiant by Hal Foster
Credit: Hal Foster
Credit: Salt City Comic-Con

Press Release

The Special Collections Research Center [SCRC] at Syracuse University Libraries, in conjunction with The Salt City Comic-Con, are proud to announce a special viewing opportunity of original comic art and panel discussion on Friday, June 23, 2017.

The SCRC will present selected original works from its holdings by comic masters including Hal Foster (Prince Valiant), Frank Robbins (Johnny Hazard), Stan Drake (The Heart of Juliet Jones), Irwin Hasen (Dondi) and more. Casual fans, hard core collectors and art historians are invited to view original comic and cartoon art from industry legends maintained in the Syracuse University collections.

“The Special Collection Research Center is the repository for over 100,000 original cartoons and comic art,” says Andrew Saluti, Chief Curator of Exhibitions, Programs and Education. “We are very excited to be a part of this year’s Comic-con, to share some of the amazing original materials in Syracuse University’s rich collections.”

These events will serve as “Salt City Comic-con Eve” activities to celebrate the convention. The one-day viewing will be held on the sixth floor of Syracuse University’s Bird Library on Friday, June 23, from 10:00 to noon and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

The Special Collections Research Center will also host a Friday evening panel discussion at 5:00 p.m. on June 23, 2017 in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons at Syracuse University Libraries.  This panel will explore and discuss the many original comic art treasures of the collection.  Panelists will include Craig Yoe, comic art historian and publisher, and Dan Herman, publisher of Hermes Press and also a well-regarded comics art historian.  Pop culture and marketing expert Ed Catto, of Bonfire Agency, will moderate the panel.  

“Syracuse University has an incredible treasure trove of original art, and it’s thrilling to be able to share it with fans.  This unique day will be a celebration of art, creativity and Geek Culture” said Ed Catto. “I’m elated for this event and I think all of Central New York, and the fan community, will be too.”

This event is free and open the public. Syracuse University’s Bird Library is located at 222 Waverly Avenue.  Door prizes will be awarded to random attendees of the panel discussion. 

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