Monday, September 26, 2016

Cartoon Crossroads Columbus 2016

From Cartoon Crossroads Columbus.

The city-wide festival, set for its first four-day event on October 13-16, 2016 after a well-received two-day show in 2015, will offer nearly seventy-five hours of creator-driven panels, presentations, spotlights and discussions.

Special highlights include

  • an evening with Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and generational icon Garry Trudeau, in conversation with author Glen David Gold; 
  • a personal appearance in support of a film presentation by Mark Osborne (Kung-Fu Panda, The Little Prince); 
  • a freewheeling discussion between superstar cartoonists Raina Telgemeier and Jeff Smith
  • a conversation between award-winning cartoonists Seth and Ben Katchor on the 25th anniversary of seminal work by each artist; 
  • Ronald Wimberly's CMA/Thurber House graphic novelist presentation; 
  • and an evening presentation by Academy Award-winning animator and cartoon historian John Canemaker on the work of the great Winsor McCay!

“Our special guest list is a dream, and we hope our programming throws the spotlight on these great artists in a fun, entertaining and informative way,” said CXC Festival Director Tom Spurgeon.

As a city-wide festival, Cartoon Crossroads Columbus will feature programming all over Columbus during the weekend.

A primary hub for Thursday and Friday events – and for Wednesday's sole offering – will be Ohio State University's The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, The Wexner Center for the Arts and Hale Hall.

Events on Thursday and Friday will include a special academic conference on canon, the return of the popular peer to peer “talk and teach” classes, a rigorous conversation with the multi-talented editorial cartoonist Ann Telnaes, a state of the industry panel, two major social receptions, two comics-art shows, and the Trudeau and Canemaker events. The weekend kicks off with the Mark Osborne presentation on October 12.

For Saturday and Sunday October 15-16, the show moves downtown to the Columbus Metropolitan Library downtown branch, the Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) and the Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).

In support of the two-day Expo & Marketplace in the library, CXC will offer multiple programming tracks featuring spotlights on special guests like Sergio Aragones, Carol Tyler and Stan Sakai, as well as themed presentations on all-ages comics and the new comic book mainstream. Four hours of classes from instructors supplied by Pittsburgh's Comics Workbook will be offered as well.

Both CMA (Ronald Wimberly, career-to-date) and CCAD (Nate Powell, March Book 3) plan gallery shows, while CCAD will host alt-comics icon Charles Burns for a special presentation on Saturday night.

“We're hoping CXC can become known for the quality of its programming, and this year seems like a major step in that direction,” said Festival President Jeff Smith. “There's so much I'm personally looking forward to seeing and doing at all the weekend's venues.”

For further information or clarification contact Tom Spurgeon at

Full program here.

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