Collecting Comics at Fleet Library | a panel discussion


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Collecting Comics at Fleet Library | a panel discussion with Bill Adler, music journalist and donor of the Adler Archive of Underground Comix, Tim Finn 00 FAV, owner of Hub Comics (Somerville, MA) and library donor, and Claudia Covert, Special Collections Librarian, Fleet Library. Moderated by Susan Doyle, RISD Illustration (originally planned as Jaleen Grove, RISD Illustration). Introduced by Eric Telfort, RISD Illustration. Tuesday, October 25, 2022, 6:30 pm. Fleet Library, First Floor "Living Room", Roger Mandle Building (15 Westminster). In celebration of one of the great and growing strengths of the collections at Fleet Library, this freewheeling conversation about collecting comics, cartoons, and graphic novels from private, commercial, and academic perspectives took place on October 25, 2022. Also considered were the art, ephemera, and sometimes challenging issues related to the fields of comics and comix. The event was co-sponsored by Fleet Library, the Illustration Department, and RISD Institutional Advancement.

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Susan Doyle, RISD Illustration


Bill Adler worked as a music journalist for ten years before signing on as Director of Publicity at Rush Artist Management/Def Jam Recordings, a job he held between 1984 and 1990. He has done a variety of work during the last thirty years, perhaps most notably as a collector. Besides his collection of underground comix that now belongs to RISD, his archive of hip-hop paper resides at Cornell University and his collection of hip-hop photography was donated to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Tim Finn graduated from RISD's Film-Animation-Video Department in 2000. He animated for Adult Swim's Home Movies and received a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Tufts University in association with School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Tim has conducted 250 interviews for his definitive history book on G.I. Joe, co-hosts the Talking Joe podcast, and is Executive Producer for the social media channel Atomic Abe, which creates video essays on film and television. Tim owns and operates the brick-and-mortar Hub Comics in Somerville, Massachusetts and, over twenty years, has helped build the graphic novel collection at RISD's Fleet Library.

Claudia Covert is Special Collections Librarian at Fleet Library where she oversees and teaches from the oldest, rarest, and most unusual volumes in the library. She is also the curator of 3000+ artists’ books and manages the exhibition program for the library’s first- and second-floor display cases. She publishes and presents on topics that range from Dazzle Camouflage to teaching about artists’ books. She represents U.S. institutions in the Art Libraries Section of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA).


1 hr. 19 min. 22 sec.


Fleet Library, Department of Illustration, RISD Institutional Advancement

Event Date

Fall 10-25-2022




panel discussion, comics, comix, Fleet Library, Bill Adler, Adler Archive of Underground Comix, Illustration Department, RISD Institutional Advancement, Special Collections


Book and Paper | Graphic Communications | Interpersonal and Small Group Communication | Social Influence and Political Communication | Sociology of Culture

Collecting Comics at Fleet Library | a panel discussion