Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is releasing its latest podcast episode, "For the Greater Good".
Collectors are a breed apart. Quite commonly, their motivations are not simply for personal gain but as a means of ensuring that future generations can enjoy the fruits of their labours in ways that can only be imagined. In this episode, the second edition of our donor interview features, we speak to author, comic book historian and retired LAC archivist John Bell who generously donated his Hulk-sized comic book collection to LAC in 1996. His collection includes over 4,000 comic books ranging from Second World War comics to 21st century zines and related ephemera.
John Bell traveled to Ottawa from his home in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia for the launch of the LAC exhibition, Alter Ego: Comics and Canadian Identity. LAC special collections librarian and curator of the exhibition Meaghan Scanlon gave John a quick tour before sitting down with him to talk about the amassing of his extraordinary collection.
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