In this 10th Anniversary year of Koyama Press, founder Annie Koyama will be donating more than 250 pieces of original art by “contemporary American cartoonists” to the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum in Columbus, Ohio. Some of the artists whose work will be included in the donation are Lisa Hanawalt, Theo Ellsworth, Katie Skelly, Noah Van Sciver, Eleanor Davis, Dustin Harbin, Frank Santoro, Gabrielle Bell, Hellen Jo, Kevin Huizenga, and many others.
[Original art by Tim Hensley which will be part of the Koyama Collection]
Regarding Annie Koyama’s choice of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library, she says it was their “focus on preserving and openly sharing the history of comics” that made her select them as recipients of the donation.
The Library & Museum has also confirmed that they will host an exhibition of the new “Koyama Collection” in 2018. It will run from May 6, 2018 – Sunday, October 21, 2018, coinciding with Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) that year.
About Koyama Press: Founded in 2007, and celebrating our 10th anniversary in 2017, Koyama Press is a Toronto-based small press. Our mandate is to promote and support a wide range of emerging and established artists. Projects include comics, graphic novels, art books, and zines. We are known for our alternative edge and diverse range of titles that include a myriad of genres from autobiography to photography, from horror to humour, and more.