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 COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ --Priscilla's Pop and Nancy are going to college.
 These popular cartoon characters and many others have come to The Ohio State University.
 United Media, one of the world's largest syndicators of comic art and a subsidiary of The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP) of Cincinnati, has donated 83,034 pieces of cartoon artwork valued at $9.1 million to Ohio State's Cartoon, Graphic, and Photographic Arts Research Library. It represents the largest in-kind gift ever received by the University Libraries.
 The gift contains original drawings from 1931 to 1991, with most of the works from the 1960s and 1970s. The archive will be called The Robert Roy Metz Collection of Cartoon Art in honor of the president and chief executive officer of United Media.
 "Having spent half of my professional life dealing with cartoonists and working with their creations, I am enormously flattered that my name will be attached to this collection," said Metz, United Media's top officer since 1978. "I can't think of a finer place for these comic art originals to reside than in the library at Ohio State, which has done so much to advance the appreciation of this unique American art form."
 "We are extremely grateful to Mr. Metz and United Media for this significant gift," noted E. Gordon Gee, president of Ohio State. "The collection helps support ongoing research on cartoon art and truly enhances the library's role as a major national resource for the study of cartoons."
 William J. Studer, director of University Libraries, said, "This unprecedented gift dramatically expands the library's holdings and aids very measurably in building this resource as the major cartoon repository in the world."
 The artworks document the syndication record of United Media and its Newspaper Enterprise Association and includes the work of dozens of cartoonists.
 "Both the depth and breadth of this collection are amazing," said Lucy Caswell, curator of the Cartoon, Graphic, and Photographic Arts Research Library. "It will be of great interest to researchers as primary source material."
 David Hendin, vice president of United Media, said, "The reason that we're giving them to Ohio State is because Lucy Caswell and her staff have done a really unique job over the last 10 years in putting together a library archive of cartoon art."
 Hendin, who suggested the donation to Ohio State, said the library houses the pre-eminent collection of cartoon art in America.
 Some of the larger sub-groups within the Metz Collection include 1,803 strips of "Nancy," drawn between 1974 and 1983 by Ernie Bushmiller and Mark Lasky; 3,506 of "Out Our Way" by J.R. Williams, Neg Cochran and Ed Sullivan from 1931 to 1975; and 3,536 installments of "Priscilla's Pop," by Al Vermeer and Sullivan from 1969 to 1983.
 Other comic strips and panels represented in the overall collection include "Alley Oop," "Eb and Flo," "Ferd'nand," "Our Boarding House," "Wee Pals," and "Winthrop."
 The collection also includes some editorial cartoons, including those of John Lane and Ohio State alumnus Bill Crawford. They were employed by Newspaper Enterprise Association, now a company within United Media, which is based in New York.
 The Cartoon, Graphic, and Photographic Arts Research Library was begun in 1977 with the papers of "Steve Canyon" cartoonist Milton Caniff, an Ohio State alumnus. It has grown to include many other collections, including the papers of "Pogo" creator Walt Kelly.
 Ohio State's library sponsors the triennial Festival of Cartoon Art, attracting cartoonists from around the world for exhibits, panels, discussion and portfolio reviews.
 A summary inventory of the newest collection is available by calling 614-292-0538.
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 /EDITOR'S NOTE: Photos of Metz and of Caswell with some of the art are available by contacting Tom Spring of The Ohio State University, 614-292-8309/
 /CONTACT: Lucy Caswell, curator, The Cartoon, Graphic, and Photographic Arts Research Library, The Ohio State University, 614-292-0538, or Rich Boehne, director of corporate communications, The E.W. Scripps Company, 513-977-3825/

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