Cartoon Crossroads Columbus

CXC is a free, citywide arts festival hosted every year by people and places with a passion for cartoon arts. CXC connects the global family of cartoon storytellers, comic makers, and animators with the people who love and are inspired by their art.

Together, they celebrate the stories that can only be told in visual media that are as diverse as the people who imagined them.

Drawn to the Crossroads

2018 CXC Special Guests

Connect with an exclusive collection of world-class cartoon artists that break boundaries, defy expectations, and push the art further than ever before, including:

Get into the picture

Photo by Ray Lavoie

Get into the picture

Help us show our guests how much Columbus loves cartoon creators by stepping behind the scenes with us. To volunteer, email Tracie Santos by clicking the button below.

Columbus: A Perfect Canvas

CXC Festival Venues

From campus to the heart of the city, explore the places that share our passion for cartoon art throughout the 4-day festival.

Thursday & Friday

Ohio State University

The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

Hale Hall

The Wexner Center for the Arts

Saturday & Sunday

Downtown Columbus

Columbus Metropolitan Library

The Columbus Museum Of Art

Columbus College of Art & Design

Staying in Columbus

Our Featured Partner Hotels

These hotels partner with us to give creators, guests, exhibitors, and fans a place to call home at a discount during our 4-day cartoon festival. If you’re staying here for CXC, please let them know when you’re booking a room.

CXC is grateful to Experience Columbus in helping arrange for rooms and suites.

Drury Inn and Suites
88 East Nationwide Blvd
Columbus, OH 43215
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Please use Group Account #2318662 when reserving rooms.

Hampton Inn And Suites Columbus Downtown
501 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio, 43215
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Hilton Columbus Downtown
401 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
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Holiday Inn Columbus Downtown Columbus Square
175 East Town St
Columbus, OH 43215
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Ask for Cartoon Crossroads or CAR block when reserving rooms.

Le Meridien Columbus, The Joseph
620 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
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Red Roof Plus Columbus Downtown Convention Center
111 East Nationwide Boulevard
Columbus, OH 43215
Book a Room

Ask for Cartoon Crossroads block when reserving rooms.

Residence Inn By Marriott Columbus Downtown
36 E Gay St
Columbus OH 43215
Book a Room

To locate these hotels, other hotels and privately reserved staying options in relation to the festival:

Use the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (1813 N High St, Columbus, OH 43210) as your point of reference for Thursday and Friday.
Use the downtown branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library (96 S Grant Ave, Columbus, OH 43215) for Saturday and Sunday.


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For questions related to visitor info, artist hospitality, exhibitor logistics and all other CXC needs.


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