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2016 PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

Wednesday, October 12
CXC Opening Night
Animator Mark Osborne, In Person!
The Wexner Center for the Arts, 7:00 PM
Tickets $8

Best known for his worldwide hit Kung-Fu Panda (2008) and The Little Prince (2015), his recent adaptation of the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry classic, Mark Osborne visits the Wexner Center to kick-off CXC 2016! Osborne will discuss his career as an animation director, which also includes work on the beloved SpongeBob SquarePants show.

Thursday, October 13 CXC Day One
Canon Fodder! A CXC Academic Conference: Day One
Jean and Charles Schulz Lecture Hall
The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
FREE

What are the great comics? What are the comics everyone should read? An all-star line-up of scholars and thinkers sit down under the CXC banner for a two-day summit on the making of canon. Who gets to decide the comics canon? Who gets left out? What are the implications of canon building for academia, for artists, for the art form? Special first-day guests are Tom Spurgeon of The Comics Journal's infamous “Top 100 Comics Of The 20th Century” and Dean Mullaney of The Library Of American Comics." Presented by a partnership between Ohio State University and Columbus College Of Art & Design.

Talk And Teach Day One
Will Eisner Seminar Room: 10:00 AM to Noon
FREE

Skill Set: Ann Telnaes
Will Eisner Seminar Room: 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
FREE

In a special “Talk And Teach” presentation focusing on one cartoonist's full range of abilities, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Ann Telnaes sits down with CXC Festival Director Tom Spurgeon for an exploration of the skills and practices from which she's built her amazing career. What does one need to learn, what must one be able to do, what must one be aware of, to stay at the top of a competitive profession like editorial cartooning? Telnaes describes it all, from her facility with the pen on the page, to her negotiation of a rapidly changing industry, to her ability to provided animated versions of her work and to draw quickly for social media. Come learn from a cartoonist at the top of her game!

SÕL-CON Reception
MLK Room At Hale Hall: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
FREE

SÕL-CON presents a new model of comics show: not just a meeting of the cartoon-oriented minds but a full-on entertainment summit and an all-too-rare meeting of talented creators at various stages in their careers. Tonight the principals meet in a pre-show reception at fabled Hale Hall in advance of a weekend's worth of programming and events.

Animator And Author John Canemaker On Winsor McCay
The Wexner Center For The Arts: 7:30 PM
FREE

Academy Award-winning animator and one of the world's great writers about the popular arts, the legendary John Canemaker presents on Winsor McCay, one of the great talents to straddle the worlds of cartooning for paper and cartooning as it appears on film. Informative, entertaining, and soaked with insights both great and small, John Canemaker's lectures are one of the great pleasures in all of the arts, each one a can't-miss experience. See the McCay exhibit at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum first! *****


Friday, October 14 CXC Day Two
Canon Fodder! A CXC Academic Conference: Day Two
Jean and Charles Schulz Lecture Hall
The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
8:00 AM to 2:30 PM
FREE

The second day of the inaugural CXC academic conference concludes with more presentations from an all-star group of comics scholars, all focusing their attention on the comics canon! What are the great comics and who gets to decide what those should be? Special second day guest: the award-winning cartoonist, designer and writer-about-comics Seth, in conversation with Dr. Craig Fischer (Appalachian State) about the act of making a canon and the artist's perspective in being included on – or excluded from – such lists! Presented by a partnership between Ohio State University and Columbus College Of Art & Design. *****

SÕL-CON 2016: Expo & Workshops
Hale Hall, MLK Room
9:30 AM to 6:30 PM
FREE

Mighty SÕL-CON: The Brown and Black Comics Expo roars to life for year two with its patented Friday on-campus Expo & Workshops. This will include screenings, talkbacks and a devoted youth corner workshop designed for students. Join some of the best and brightest creators in the country in a high-energy creative atmosphere.

Talk And Teach Day Two
Will Eisner Seminar Room
Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
10:00 AM to Noon
FREE

Two more hours of presentations from cartoonists and industry figures on things they feel they do well: skills and life practices about which they'd like their fellow creators to know. Today's featured talk is cartoonist, artist, letterer, longtime comics retail employee and convention organizer Dustin Harbin on Best Convention Practices from behind a table: how to sell more comics, how to build an audience, and how to get along with your neighbors.

CXC Presents: A State Of The Industry 2016 – Off The Record
Jean and Charles Schulz Lecture Hall
Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
FREE

A sequel to last year's well-received State Of The Industry Panel, all-star representatives of the comic strip world, digital comics and traditional publishing talk in no-holds-barred, non-recorded, frank and honest appraisal of where comics is right this second and where it might be going. Also included are the panelists' unrehearsed reactions and answers to direct concerns presented to them by attending CXC professionals. Sponsored by King Features Syndicate.

CXC Weekend Reception
The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
FREE

It may be THE nicest place in the world devoted to comics and the cartooning arts. It's certainly one of the great institutional achievements for comics in the 21st Century. The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum throws open its doors at the Friday night apex of CXC weekend in celebration of the greatest art form known to man. See the space! Mingle with CXC special and exhibiting guests! Check out the galleries and their art shows!

Garry Trudeau In Conversation With Glen David Gold
Mershon Auditorium
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
FREE

Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau sits down with author Glen David Gold (Carter Beats The Devil, Sunnyside) for a discussion of the cartoonist's storied career and his iconic comic strip. An innovator in both comics and prestige television, Garry Trudeau is a figure without whose contributions the landscape of pop-culture entertainment would be radically altered. CXC is proud to present a rare public appearance by this generational and pop-culture icon. This is a joint presentation of The Wexner Center for the Arts and The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

Saturday, October 15 CXC Day 3
CXC Marketplace And Expo Day One
Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch
11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
FREE

Join 130 of the world's greatest cartoonists as they congregate table to table in a spectacular room at the Columbus Metropolitan Library's newly refurbished downtown branch! Enjoy a day of meeting favorite cartoonists, discovering new ones, and buying everything from signed books to original art from CXC's highly curated guest list. This year we welcome 40-plus artists from SÕL-CON, adding to the fun and bringing a synergistic boost that should aid each event. Four different tracks of panel and presentations grant you further access to some of the best artists the world of comics has to offer, and how they do what they do. Not to be missed.

CXC Expo Programming Day One
Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch
Noon to 5:00 PM
FREE

Auditorium Programming Track
Noon - Political Cartoons
1:00 PM - Spotlight On Raina Telgemeier
2:00 PM - Friends And Peers: Sergio Aragones And Stan Sakai
3:00 PM - Spotlight On Carol Tyler
4:00 PM - All-Ages Comics Roundtable: What To Read

Classroom One Programming Track
Noon - The Mainstream Comics Panel
1:00 PM - Spotlight On Ed Koren
2:00 PM - Journey's End: Nate Powell and March Book 3
3:00 PM - Art In Comics: The Swinging Pendulum
4:00 PM - Fantagraphics At 40... And Beyond: A Groundbreaking Publisher's Next Chapter

Classroom Two Programming Track
Noon - Spotlight On Julia Gfrorer
1:00 PM - Spotlight On Sacha Mardou
2:00 PM - Spotlight On Jay Hosler
3:00 PM - Comics Workbook Seminar, Day One Hour One
4:00 PM - Comics Workbook Seminar, Day One Hour Two

Cartoon Crossroads Columbus is proud to present 15 hours of spectacular, creator-driven programming on multiple floors of the magnificently refurbished downtown branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Three programming tracks will run concurrent to and steps away from the Expo and Marketplace. Highlights include one-on-one spotlight discussions with the Festival's special guest superstars like best-selling author Raina Telgemeier, panels on all-ages comics and mainstream genre comics from superheroes to crime to horror, a political cartooning roundtable just days from the 2016 election and two hours of classes in how to make comics by instructors from Pittsburgh's Comics Workbook school. Become knowledgeable about the greatest art form in the world; become inspired about the way you interact with art in your own life.


SÕL-CON At CXC Day One
Columbus Metropolitan Library
11:30 AM to 5:30 PM
FREE

CXC is proud to offer a special track of programming organized and administered by its partners at SÕL-CON, featuring SÕL-CON artists and working from that show's unique concerns, values and goals. Expect two days of conversations, presentations and candid dialogue in a designated second-floor meeting room. *****

CCAD Reception, Featuring Nate Powell On Art From March: Book Three
Acock Gallery, Columbus College Of Art And Design
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
FREE

We are proud to present in conjunction with the Columbus College of Art & Design a special gallery show featuring Nate Powell's original art from March: Book Three, his biography of Congressman John Lewis' days in the Civil Rights Movement co-created with writer Andrew Aydin and the Congressman himself. This much-lauded, emotionally-packed work is a new comics classic and will be taught in high schools and at the college level for years to come. Join the artist in the gallery for some informal remarks to begin CXC's final full evening of events in 2016.

Charles Burns Live At CCAD Canzani Center Auditorium
Columbus College of Art & Design
8:00 PM to 9:30 PM
FREE

Charles Burns is one of the finest drawing talents to ever publish in comic books. A superstar of commercial illustration and a cartoonist's cartoonist, Charles Burns' contribution to the 1990s wave of book-length graphic novels, Black Hole, is one of the great works in any medium about teenage alienation. A veteran of comics-making whose publishers included prestige houses RAW Book, Fantagraphics, Kitchen Sink Press and Pantheon, Burns will present a look at his career and the works that have roared to life within it.

CXC Year One: A Celebration
Strongwater Back Area Party Space
9:00 PM to 1:00 AM
FREE

Come out come out to Columbus' phoenix-like Franklinton arts district to cool your heels and have a drink in the company of comics pros and fans alike. Enjoy multiple conversations about the CXC fun had thus far and the day of discovery and good times yet to come, in one of Columbus' unique art-friendly buildings.

Sunday, October 16 CXC Day 4
CXC Expo And Marketplace Day Two
Columbus Metropolitan Library
Noon to 5:00 PM
FREE

For a second day, join 130 of the world's greatest cartoonists as they fill the tables in the glorious, second-floor reading room at the Columbus Metropolitan Library's newly refurbished downtown branch! Meet favorite cartoonists, discover new ones, and buy everything from signed books to original art from CXC's highly curated guest list. This year we welcome 40-plus artists from SÕL-Con into our expo, adding to the fun and bringing a synergistic boost that should aid the concurrent shows. Four different tracks of panels and presentations grant you further access to some of the best artists the world of comics has to offer, and how they do what they do. This is a once in a calendar year event for comics and for Columbus as a city of the arts.

25 Years: Seth and Ben Katchor In Conversation
Columbus Museum Of Art
12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
FREE

Twenty-five years ago the designer and cartoonist Seth and the creator of Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer, Ben Katchor, individually set the world of comics on its ear with signature publications. Seth launched his award-winning comics series Palooka-Ville while Katchor released his first Julius Knipl book, Cheap Novelties. Seth's series is still going strong, while the volume that kickstarted Ben Katchor's book publishing career is back in print in an anniversary edition: both milestones worth celebrating. Join these two great artists and stupendous talkers about art in the auditorium at the Columbus Museum Of Art for their first public presentation together. Learn how their sophisticated, worldly and wistful comics overlap and diverge, and how similar interests and subject matter can drive idiosyncratic careers.

CMA Thurber House Graphic Novelist Residency Presentation: Ronald Wimberly
Columbus Museum Of Art
2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
FREE

One of the great stylists of his or any generation of comics-makers, Ronald Wimberly has thrilled audiences as an innovative illustrator, as a profound cartoon-essayist and as a skilled maker of long-form comics. In a discussion with Ohio State University's Jared Gardner, Wimberly unpacks his already impressive career on the precipice of a new round of comics publications. Sponsored by the CMA/Thurber House graphic novelist residency program.

CXC Expo Programming Day TWO
Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
FREE

Auditorium Programming
12:30 PM - Raina Telgemeier In Conversation With Jeff Smith
3:30 PM - Spotlight On Sergio Aragones

Classroom One Programming
12:30 PM - Spotlight On Stan Sakai
3:30 PM - Spotlight On Brandon Graham

Classroom Two Programming
12:30 PM - Comics Workbook Seminar, Day Two Hour One
3:30 PM - Comics Workbook Seminar, Day Two Hour Two

Cartoon Crossroads Columbus is proud on its final day to present six hours of creator-driven programming on multiple floors of the magnificently refurbished downtown branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Three programming tracks will run concurrent to and steps away from the Expo and Marketplace, with a gap in the middle for those who wish to attend events at the Columbus Museum Of Art. Highlights for today include spotlight discussions with four of the Festival's most talented guests, including a conversation between superstar Raina Telgemeier and comics publishing icon Jeff Smith, and the final two hours of classes in how to make comics led by instructors from Pittsburgh's Comics Workbook school. Unforgettable artists telling candid, inspiring stories = a great afternoon.

SÕL-CON At CXC Day Two
Columbus Metropolitan Library
12:30 PM to 4:30 PM
FREE

CXC is proud to offer a second day's worth of a special track of programming organized and administered by its partners at SÕL-CON, featuring SÕL-CON artists and working from their unique concerns, values and goals. Expect conversations, presentations and candid dialogue in a designated second-floor meeting room.

Columbus-Area Comic-Related Art Shows
Running During CXC 2016
Various Locations: Various Times

CXC is proud to be affiliated in varying degrees with the following art shows running during the week of Cartoon Crossroads Columbus 2016.

At The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, two special shows will be running alongside the institution's permanent gallery showcase: Good Grief! Children And Comics, and Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream. The first show “examines the history, role and tensions of child characters in comic strips and comic books.” The second show combines art from 2014's award-winning Locust Moon tribute book of the same name with resources from the museum's extensive collection of Winsor McCay material.*

At The Acock Room at Columbus College Of Art & Design, selections of original art provided by Nate Powell from his work on March: Book Three, written with Andrew Aydin and Congressman/Civil Rights Movement icon John Lewis, will be on display.

At The Columbus Museum Of Art, a selection of art from CMA/Thurber House graphic novelist residency winner Ronald Wimberly will fill up a hall of the building.

At Wild Goose Creative, organizers with the help of Columbus' Sunday Comix Group will present “Art Vs. Comics,” a show that “playfully re-imagines fine art as comic panels.” A CXC-affiliated reception is planned for October 11. In contrast to any specific instances mentioned above where the show crosses over directly into an exhibit, the above shows will run during their own hours and may require admission. Please research the individual shows on-line or call ahead before visiting.

At the Ohio Art League X Space Gallery, Loud Conversations, a show featuring the work of a dozen comic influenced Ohio artists will be on display.

Final Schedule Subject To Change



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The heart of CXC is its volunteers! As part of our thanks for their hard work, we were proud to work with artists Katie Skelly, Jim Rugg and Dustin Harbin on this special print!




Thank you, everyone, for all of the hard work. You're the best Columbus has to offer. If you'd like to volunteer in 2016, contact the festival through cxcfestival@gmail.com!