September 25
Tuesday
September 26
Wednesday
September 27
Thursday
September 28
Friday
September 29
Saturday
September 30
Sunday
NOTE: Event dates and details are subject to change.

September 25

Tuesday's Events

7:00 PM
9:00 PM

"Billy Ireland And World War I" with Lucy Caswell

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library (Auditorium)

Billy Ireland, the cartoonist for the Columbus Dispatch from 1898 until his death in 1935, had a weekly illustrated Sunday commentary page titled “The Passing Show,” which both reflected and influenced public opinion in our community. 

Lucy Shelton Caswell, Ireland's biographer and founding curator of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, will show examples of "The Passing Show" from 1914-18 that document life in Columbus during World War I. 

The event, which is being co-sponsored by Cartoon Crossroads Columbus, will be held at the auditorium of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 96 South Grant Avenue.

The event is free, but registration is required.

September 26

Wednesday's Events

8:00 PM
10:00 PM

SPACE JAM Screening with Animation Panel

Gateway Film Center

Join us at Gateway Film Center on CXC Eve for our final pre-show affiliated event of the 2018 calendar; a special presentation of SPACE JAM (1996) followed by a panel discussion with some members of the animation team that brought the film to life.

Members of the former, Columbus-based animation studio, Character Builders, will be in attendance for a panel discussion following the film.

September 27

Thursday's Events

8:00 AM
8:50 AM

CXC Scholarly Symposium 2018 Social Gathering And Coffee

Ohio Union (Cartoon Room A)

CXC welcomes the kick-off for this year's Scholarly Symposium!

Academics and deep comics thinkers start their day up on OSU's campus with a brief hour of chit-chat and much-needed early-morning coffee. Make a friend! Fuel up!

Part of the 2018 CXC Scholarly Symposium.

9:00 AM
4:45 PM

CXC Scholarly Symposium 2018 Day One

Ohio Union (Cartoon Room A)

Two dozen top-flight academics and scholars descend upon CXC for a symposium on public comics — those works of cartoon art which are defined by their role in the real world of ideas, ideology, and activism.

A morning and an afternoon session await! Welcome to the next generation of thinking and study that will define how we look at the comics art form.

A significant part of the 2018 CXC Scholarly Symposium.

all panels subject to change

10:00 AM
5:00 PM

Welcome/Registration

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (Museum Lobby)

Come to the beautiful lobby of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum all day Thursday, let us welcome you to the show, and help get you where you want to go.

Professionals and guests: please pick up your badges!
 

10:00 AM
5:00 PM

Artistically MAD: Seven Decades Of Satire

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (Exhibit Space)

Three extremely well-reviewed comics art shows will be available at the Billy Ireland for your perusing pleasure during this year’s CXC.

The first is the permanent show of key samples from and contributors to the overall library holdings, including a special cross-section of comics by Bill Watterson. Read more here.

The second is a MAD exhibit drawing from the Billy’s holdings supplemented by some of the great North American comics collections! Read more here.

The third is an astonishing display of newer art as curated and collected by the activist publisher and comic arts patron: CXC Special Guest Annie Koyama. Read more here.

10:00 AM
5:00 PM

Koyama And Friends: Publishing, Patronage And The New Alternative Press

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (Exhibit Space)

Three extremely well-reviewed comics art shows will be available at the Billy Ireland for your perusing pleasure during this year’s CXC.

The first is the permanent show of key samples from and contributors to the overall library holdings, including a special cross-section of comics by Bill Watterson. Read more here.

The second is a MAD exhibit drawing from the Billy’s holdings supplemented by some of the great North American comics collections! Read more here.

The third is an astonishing display of newer art as curated and collected by the activist publisher and comic arts patron: CXC Special Guest Annie Koyama. Read more here.

10:00 AM
10:50 AM

Talk And Teach: Noah Van Sciver On Coloring

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (Will Eisner Seminar Room)

CXC’s first peer-to-peer presentation in the Eisner classroom is Noah Van Sciver, who will present different techniques on coloring. Van Sciver is one of the best and most prolific North American cartoonists under 40.

 

10:00 AM
5:00 PM

Treasures From The Collections Of The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library And Museum

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (Exhibit Space)

Three extremely well-reviewed comics art shows will be available at the Billy Ireland for your perusing pleasure during this year’s CXC.

The first is the permanent show of key samples from and contributors to the overall library holdings, including a special cross-section of comics by Bill Watterson. Read more here.

The second is a MAD exhibit drawing from the Billy’s holdings supplemented by some of the great North American comics collections! Read more here.

The third is an astonishing display of newer art as curated and collected by the activist publisher and comic arts patron: CXC Special Guest Annie Koyama. Read more here.

11:00 AM
11:50 AM

Talk And Teach: Emi Gennis on Hand Lettering

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (Will Eisner Seminar Room)

CXC’s second peer-to-peer presentation of the festival is Emi Gennis’ renowned lecture on the art of hand-lettering!

This talented cartoonist's smart presentation on this lost art within an art is a highlight of the CCAD academic year, where Gennis is a valued member of the comics-teaching faculty.

1:30 PM
3:00 PM

SOL-CON Featured Lecture: “Uncaged Hero For Hire"

Hale Hall (MLK Jr. Room)

CXC sister show SOL-CON, the Brown and Black Comix Expo, presents a lecture at its home base in Hale Hall to kick their weekend off in style.

Featuring John Jennings, Stacey Robinson & Ricardo Padilla!

1:30 PM
3:30 PM

A Day With Michael DeForge

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (Will Eisner Seminar Room)

Here’s a rare treat. The legendary cartoonist Michael DeForge arrives for the first time as a CXC special guest for an afternoon of discussing his exemplary and still developing career with CXC Executive Director Tom Spurgeon!

DeForge is attending CXC 2018 in support of the festival’s focus on the work of his friend and publisher, fellow Special Guest Annie Koyama.

This is DeForge’s only appearance at CXC 2018 and we hope to make it a special one. The last 30 minutes will be a book signing for DeForge.

4:30 PM
6:00 PM

Kelly Gallagher’s Animated Shorts And Q+A

Wexner Center for the Arts (Film/Video Theater)

Feminist animator Kelly Gallagher is known for her radical collage animations that have made her an international festival favorite.

After a showing of her short films, Gallagher will answer questions from Wexner Center for the Arts Director of Film/Video David Filipi.

Read more about this presentation here.

all programming subject to change

7:00 PM
8:30 PM

An Evening With Sally Cruikshank: Presentation Of Short Films And Q+A

Wexner Center for the Arts (Film/Video Theater)

CXC is proud to present through its partnering institution the Wexner Center for the Arts the animation legend Sally Cruikshank.

Cruikshank will be here to show off some of her incredibly memorable cartoon work, including the 1975 short “Quasi at the Quackadero,” a film honored by preservation in the US National Film Registry.

A Q&A with Wexner Center Director of Film/Video Dave Filipi follows the program.

Read more here.

September 28

Friday's Events

10:00 AM
7:00 PM

Treasures From The Collections Of The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library And Museum

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (Exhibit Space)

Three extremely well-reviewed comics art shows will be available at the Billy Ireland for your perusing pleasure during this year’s CXC.

The first is the permanent show of key samples from and contributors to the overall library holdings, including a special cross-section of comics by Bill Watterson. Read more here.

The second is a MAD exhibit drawing from the Billy’s holdings supplemented by some of the great North American comics collections! Read more here.

The third is an astonishing display of newer art as curated and collected by the activist publisher and comic arts patron: CXC Special Guest Annie Koyama. Read more here.

10:00 AM
7:00 PM

Artistically MAD: Seven Decades Of Satire

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (Exhibit Space)

Three extremely well-reviewed comics art shows will be available at the Billy Ireland for your perusing pleasure during this year’s CXC.

The first is the permanent show of key samples from and contributors to the overall library holdings, including a special cross-section of comics by Bill Watterson. Read more here.

The second is a MAD exhibit drawing from the Billy’s holdings supplemented by some of the great North American comics collections! Read more here.

The third is an astonishing display of newer art as curated and collected by the activist publisher and comic arts patron: CXC Special Guest Annie Koyama. Read more here.
all panels subject to change

10:00 AM
7:00 PM

Koyama And Friends: Publishing, Patronage And The New Alternative Press

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (Exhibit Space)

Three extremely well-reviewed comics art shows will be available at the Billy Ireland for your perusing pleasure during this year’s CXC.

The first is the permanent show of key samples from and contributors to the overall library holdings, including a special cross-section of comics by Bill Watterson. Read more here.

The second is a MAD exhibit drawing from the Billy’s holdings supplemented by some of the great North American comics collections! Read more here.

The third is an astonishing display of newer art as curated and collected by the activist publisher and comic arts patron: CXC Special Guest Annie Koyama. Read more here.

10:00 AM
11:20 AM

An Artist At Work: Charles Vess

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (Will Eisner Seminar Room)

CXC 2018 Special Guest Charles Vess is equally skilled as a comics-maker and as an illustrator, with a special emphasis on fantasy. The powerful artist has agree to sit down and do a focused program on how he's made art over the entirety of his career, with the idea that this will be included in the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum archives in perpetuity. 

This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for fans of beautiful visual art, and Vess himself could not be more cherished by his peers and readers.

Guiding the conversation will be CXC Executive Director Tom Spurgeon.

all panels subject to change

11:00 AM
2:00 PM

Welcome/Registration And Billy Ireland Duplicates Book Sale

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (Museum Lobby)

Those of you arriving at CXC for Day Two: please come to the lobby of the beautiful Billy Ireland space and let us give you a proper welcome to the show. If you're a pro or a guest, let us get you a badge!

Whether you've just arrived in town or you've been here for days, avail yourself of the Billy Ireland’s stupendous duplicate-books sale, proceeds of which go the museum's program to process more material into their world-beating collection!

12:00 PM
4:50 PM

SOL-CON K-12 Workshops

Hale Hall (MLK Jr. Room)

SOL-CON and its wide range of talented guests spend Friday afternoon hosting a series of teaching workshops held for the benefit of arts-interested students from all around Columbus. It is something to behold.

*****

9AM | SÕL-CON WELCOME!
* Frederick Aldama, Ricardo Padilla, & John Jennings
MLK Jr Lounge

Youth Workshops: I & II & III
9:30-10:30AM | Hale Hall
* Room 110 B Tim Fielder: Digital Painting and Comics
* Room 110 A Jiba Anderson & : Flip Books
* Room 101 (Hall of Fame) Rodrigo Vargas & Fernando de Peña: Build Your Own Comic

Youth Workshops: IV & V & VI
10:45-11:45 | Hale Hall
* Room 201 (Second Floor) Kat Fajardo & Crystal Gonzalez: Making Comics
* Room 110A Rafael Rosado: DIY Animation
* Room 110B Eric Garcia: Cartooning with a Bite
* Room 101 (Hall of Fame) Breena Nuñez & Lawrence Lindell: How to Make a Zine

Lunch & Screening: Latinx Superheroes & Mainstream Comics

Talk Back: Brown & Black Creator Lives Matter
* Roberta Gregory, Darrin Bell, Ricardo Padilla, John Jennings, Tim Fielder, Stacey Robinson, David Walker, Kat Fajardo
Noon-1PM | MLK Jr Lounge

Youth Workshops: VII & VIII
1-2PM Hale Hall
* 110 B J-Gonzo & Dave Ortega: Finding your Style and Voice in Comics
* 110 A David Walker & Chris Escobar: Creating Superhero Comics

Youth Workshops: IV& X
2PM-3PM | Hale Hall
* 110 B JM Hunter & Uko Smith:
* 110 A Amber Padilla & Roberta Gregory

Youth Workshops: X & XI
3PM-4PM | Hale Hall
* 110 B Breena Nuñez & Lawrence Lindell
* 110 A Dustin Garcia & Jaime Crespo

all panels subject to change

*****
*****

1:30 PM
3:30 PM

Koyama Press Day: A Celebration Of Comics Benefactor Annie Koyama

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (Will Eisner Seminar Room)

Join CXC 2018 Special Guest Annie Koyama, CXC 2018 Special Guest Jessica Campbell, CXC 2018 featured guests Keiler Roberts and Dustin Harbin, and CXC Exhibiting Guest Ryan Cecil Smith as the anchors of a rollicking panel placing the spotlight on Koyama Press at its tenth anniversary.

Mr. Harbin will serve as your moderator, which guarantees a lot of laughter and maybe a few happy tears.

Topics engaged include Koyama's well-regarded publication history, the experiences of the artists working with Koyama Press and publisher Koyama as a patron of the arts -- include the story of how there came to be so much beautiful art to donate, art that is the basis of the current Billy Ireland exhibit bearing her name.

all panels subject to change

4:00 PM
5:00 PM

CXC 2018 Keynote Speech: Jim Woodring

Wexner Center for the Arts (Film/Video Theater)

CXC 2018 Special Guest Jim Woodring is a giant of 20th and 21st Century comics art. He is best known for his beautiful, psychologically-insightful comics starring his everyman character Frank.

Woodring joins CXC Executive Director Tom Spurgeon in a discussion of his latest, Poochytown, and his remarkable and inspiring story of becoming one of the world’s great cartoonists.

Signing to follow. 

all panels subject to change

5:00 PM
7:00 PM

CXC Weekend Kickoff Reception

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (Museum Lobby)

This may be the most joyful two hours in North American convention-going! 

Happy comics-makers and just-as-happy patrons of the comics art form gather together at the beautiful Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum enjoying food, drink, great conversation, wonderful exhibits, and even an awards announcement or two...

all panels subject to change

7:30 PM
9:00 PM

Lynn Johnston

Wexner Center for the Arts (Film/Video Theater)

The CXC Big Event for its 2018 Friday evening is the great Lynn Johnston. Johnston is the longtime beloved comics-maker know for being the first female Reuben Award winner and for her charming and groundbreaking For Better Or For Worse more generally.

Johnston will be speaking from the heart and with visual accompaniment, all with the help of moderator Jessica Campbell — another special guest of the show this year. Signing to follow.

all panels subject to change

9:00 PM
12:00 AM

CXC Friday Night Afterparty

Brewcadia

The first 2018 CXC late-night party takes us to downtown Columbus for a party upstairs at Brewcadia. This party feature great energy and great fun, perfect for setting up our Saturday and Sunday events. Wheelchair-accessible.

 

September 29

Saturday's Events

9:30 AM
4:30 PM

CXC Scholarly Symposium 2018 Day Two

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library (Carnegie Room)

Two dozen top-flight academics and scholars descend upon CXC for a symposium on public comics — those works of cartoon art which are defined by their role in the real world of ideas, ideology, and activism.

On Saturday, a second morning and afternoon session await! Welcome to the next generation of thinking and study that will define how we look at the comics art form for years to come.

A significant part of the 2018 CXC Scholarly Symposium, this second half of presentations takes place near the CXC Expo and Book Fair in the beautiful CML Main Library Carnegie Room!

Look for special guest appearances by comics pros Nate Powell (Come Again, March) and Whit Taylor (The New Yorker, The Nib), speaking on their work in this area.

Too many ideas for the show’s traditional six hours! Come early and get a head start on the CXC Expo!


all panels subject to change

11:00 AM
11:50 AM

Spotlight On Keiler Roberts And Chlorine Gardens

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library (Room 2-A)

Keiler Roberts is one of cartooning’s most powerful authors on the details of everyday life and the intensity of parenting. The Koyama Press cartoonist is here with a brand-new collection Chlorine Gardens, a follow-up to the lauded Sunburning.

Roberts is a guest of CXC 2018 in support of our special focus on Annie Koyama and Koyama Press. 

all panels subject to change

11:00 AM
11:50 AM

Liniers Presents Macanudo

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library (Room 1-A)

King Features Syndicate debuts the great Argentinian cartoonist Liniers’ comic strip Macanudo in a form for American newspapers.

We have the artist -- one of the great, articulate presenters on the form -- here as a Special Guest and in this hour he talks about that US debut and his beautiful work more generally.

all panels subject to change

11:00 AM
11:50 AM

Jim Woodring And His Giant Pen

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library (Auditorium)

Jim Woodring owns a seven-foot nib pen, and he has gone to great pains to get it out here to Columbus so he can do a little drawing for us. Better yet, he says the best part about having a giant pen is letting others use it, so we hope to facilitate additional cartoonists drawing with this magnificent thing.

Gather around, gather around, Jim Woodring and his Giant Pen are coming to town.

11:00 AM
11:50 AM

Georgia Webber And Dumb: Living Without A Voice

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library (Room 3-A)

Most of us have the easy pleasure of speaking, singing, and laughing without a second thought -- or a first thought, for that matter. Voice is spontaneous, personal, and automatic.

Georgia Webber has had a very different experience. Due to a severe vocal injury that became a chronic condition, Georgia spent several months of her 23rd year in near-complete silence, discovering how to live her life with pain and without her voice.

Georgia comes to Cartoon Crossroads Columbus to present her graphic memoir, Dumb: Living without a Voice (Fantagraphics), and to share her creative process behind this challenging story of health, society, identity, and self-expression.

11:00 AM
5:00 PM

CXC Expo And Book Fair: Saturday Edition

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library (2nd Floor Reading Room)

The backbone of the Cartoon Crossroads Columbus experience, the Expo and Book Fair brings together 135 comics-makers, all with new and exciting comics to sell, on the beautiful second floor reading room of the CML Main Library. 

Looking for comic books? Mini-comics? Graphic novels? Orignal art? T-shirts? Posters and prints? High-end deluxe slipcased premium volumes. They're all here. Anchoring the floor are talents like Katie Skelly, Derf Backderf, Nate Powell, Zack Soto, Gemma Correll and publishers like Fantagraphics and Silver Sprocket.

It's the best shopping experience of the year -- and socially friendly besides.

And in six rooms around the library, concurrent panel programs (individually described on this site). You can't miss.

11-5 today!

some scheduled exhibitors may not arrive

12:00 PM
12:50 PM

Spotlight On Jason Lutes And Berlin

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library (Room 1-A)

The great cartoonist and educator Jason Lutes joins us at CXC 2018, having completed and collected his masterwork Berlin -- literally decades in the making!

Lutes talks with Jared Gardner about his powerful, sympathetic portrayal of life during the decline of the Weimar Republic, and the 22 years it took for him to get it all down on paper!

all panels subject to change

12:00 PM
12:50 PM

Jeff Smith’s Very Very Big Year

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library (Auditorium)

CXC’s Board President and Artistic Director Jeff Smith celebrates a major year of making comics with his debut at Scholastic of the picture book Smiley’s Dream Book and recolored volumes of his thrilling RASL!

Come see what’s been done and what’s yet to come!

all panels subject to change

12:00 PM
12:50 PM

Spotlight On Liana Finck And Passing For Human

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library (Room 3-A)

The New Yorker’s funniest young cartoon-maker, Liana Finck joins CXC as a Special Guest to talk about working for that hallowed venue and debuting her new comics memoir, Passing For Human!

Moderated by Caitlin McGurk.

all panels subject to change

12:00 PM
12:50 PM

Spotlight On Roberta Gregory

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library (Room 2-A)

CXC is honored to welcome as a Special Guest with SOL-CON the great Roberta Gregory, a legend of both late-period undergrounds and primetime alternative comics.

Moderator Rachel Miller will guide us through this career retrospective.

all panels subject to change

12:00 PM
12:50 PM

Mark Siegel And Zack Soto In Conversation

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library (Room 3-B)

Mark Siegel and Zack Soto both do fantasy comics, but they come at it from different worlds. Zack Soto's The Secret Voicecomes from the world of alt-comics and Soto's daring approach to art and narrative give his superhero/monster work an eerie effect. Siegel's 5Worlds, on the other hand is an exemplar of a new kids comics mainstream with plenty of idiosyncratic outlook of his own to add space. One's a collaboration, the other's a solo project all the way. 

Watch these two smart guys talk to each other about their work and the increasingly potent genre in which they both work.

1:00 PM
1:50 PM

Comics Workbook Workshop #1

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library (Room 2-A)

Pittsburgh’s Comics Workbook collective joins us for a third year offering courses in comics creation through attention to structure.

These classes, offered all over the world, can be taken here for free. This the first of three hours offered. Pick one or come to all three!

all panels subject to change

1:00 PM
1:50 PM

Kazu Kibuishi Live Drawing Demonstration

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library (Auditorium)

The great Amulet creator, internationally well-regarded illustrator and CXC 2018 Special Guest Kazu Kibuishi is a wonderful live drawer. Come enjoy the show and listen to Kibuishi’s insights on making art.

moderated by Isaac Cates!

1:00 PM
1:50 PM

SOL-CON Panel #1: Comics of Color Matter

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library (Room 3-A)

Jiba Anderson; Jaime Crespo; Iasmin Omar Ata; Theresa Rojas; Corey “Roc Bottom” Davis. Panelists will discuss histories of exclusions as well as struggles and triumphs in clearing spaces for audiences of color.

1:00 PM
1:50 PM

Spotlight On Kriota Willberg And Draw Stronger

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library (Room 3-B)

CXC Featured Guest Kriota Willberg has helped dozens of cartoonist and artists work their way past the aches and sores and disabilities that comes from thousands of hours spent drawing.

She describes some of those techniques to podcaster Gil Roth, all in support of her sensational new book Draw Stronger.

all panels subject to change

2:00 PM
2:50 PM

Cartooning In The Time Of Trump, Part One: Mid-Term Mania

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library (Auditorium)

One of our biggest panels of the year! What's it like to make cartoons in the current political reality?

Nate Beeler moderates an all-star panel of editorial cartoon heavy hitters Darrin Bell, Ann Telnaes and Signe Wilkinson as the mid-term elections approach!

Panel filled with the help of our friends from AAEC.

all panels subject to change

2:00 PM
2:50 PM

A Life's Work with Lynn Johnston, Jason Lutes, Jim Woodring

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library (Room 1-A)

Three great cartoonists with three career-spanning works either completely or mostly finished: join Jason Lutes, Lynn Johnston and Jim Woodring as they discuss an almost-forgotten model in this graphic novel era -- one cartoonist/one title/one work -- and how the rest of their career has been shaped by the demands of these major comics.

We're also hoping to coax into the room Hartley Lin, to talk about his just-completed Young Frances, and what starting -- and finishing -- a major work look might like for cartoonists of a different generation.

all panels subject to change

2:00 PM
2:50 PM

Spotlight On Hartley Lin And Young Frances

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library (Room 2-A)

Hartley Lin has authored one of the smartest and deeply pleasurable graphic novels of the 21st Century: Young Frances.

The Canadian-based cartoonist talks about this long-simmering, impactful debut, serialized for years in the great comic book series, Pope Hats.

all panels subject to change

2:00 PM
2:50 PM

Radical Praxis In Comics: Comics Practice As A Way Of Life And Community

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library (Room 1-A)

How are comics the aesthetic product of a healthy community? Can comics produce healthy community? How do artists differentiate between comics as occupation and existential practice, and how can comics be a part of a meaningful life?

Ronald Wimberly discusses comics relationship with community with members of comics communities in Oakland and Columbus.

2:00 PM
2:50 PM

Katie Skelly Spotlight

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library (Room 3-A)

Our great favorite here at CXC, superstar Katie Skelly, gets the spotlight treatment -- this time fielding questions from the writer Matt Fraction.

Everything that overlaps between these two in terms of sensibility and influences  -- heck, everything that doesn't -- suggests a crackling conversation in the making.

We're also hoping for at least one live tarot reading by Ms. Skelly using her new hand-drawn deck. SEE THE FUTURE OF COMICS! UNDERSTAND ITS PRESENT! PONDER ITS PAST!

3:00 PM
3:20 PM

Emerging Talent Prize Announcement

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library (Carnegie Room)

In this special building-wide pause, CXC names this year’s Emerging Talent prize and presents the winners with a check and plenty of praise and applause. 

It's one of the feel-good moments of the comics year!

Past winners are Katie Skelly  (2015), Kevin Czap (2016) and Kat Fajardo (2017).

3:30 PM
4:20 PM

Spotlight On Charles Vess And The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library (Auditorium)

The great illustrator and cartoonist Charles Vess graces us with his presence at CML Main Library to talk art, fantasy and comics. On the tip of his tongue: the imminent publication of The Books Of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition and the dozens upon dozens of beautiful pieces of art made by the artist during his lengthy, lauded career from his first book through that one.

moderated by Isaac Cates!

3:30 PM
4:20 PM

Comics Workbook Workshop #2

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library (Room 2-A)

Pittsburgh’s Comics Workbook collective joins us for a third year offering courses in comics creation through attention to structure.

These classes, offered all over the world, can be taken here for free. This the second of three hours offered. Pick one or come to all three!

all panels subject to change

3:30 PM
4:20 PM

SOL-CON Panel #2: Art, Inspiration, and Professional Practice

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library (Room 3-A)

Jason “Gonzo” González; Terreece Clarke; Breena Nuñez; Roberta Gregory. Panelists will share their approach to comic book art as well as everyday practices.

3:30 PM
4:20 PM

Spotlight On Noah Van Sciver And One Dirty Tree

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library (Room 3-B)

Columbus bids farewell to one of the strongest cartoonists of his emerging generation after CXC weekend, when Noah Van Sciver heads to new digs in South Carolina!

Today, however, Noah is a CXC Special Guest here to talk about his hilarious and trenchant biography of growing up poor and Mormon, One Dirty Tree.

all panels subject to change

3:30 PM
4:20 PM

Cartooning In The Time Of Trump, Part Two: Rob Rogers' Incredible 2018

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library (Auditorium)

Earlier this year, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette cartoonist Rob Rogers noted that more and more of his Donald Trump-related cartoons weren't being used by the newspaper. Was it because of the political opinions of the new owners' editorial staff?

When Rogers pushed back, he was fired and became the nexus of a crucial debate about freedom of expression by editorial cartoonists, and who decides what's appropriate for publication.

Incoming AAEC President Kevin Siers talks to Rogers about where he landed, what his experience was like, and where we might be headed in the future.

all panels subject to change

6:30 PM
7:50 PM

Brian Michael Bendis and Matt Fraction Signing

Columbus College of Art & Design (Canzani Auditorium)

Comics mega-star Brian Bendis joins CXC as a special guest. He will be signing with his peer and friend Matt Fraction before their interview at CCAD. Don’t miss it.

all panels subject to change

8:00 PM
9:20 PM

Comic Book Superstar: Matt Fraction Interviews Brian Bendis

Columbus College of Art & Design (Canzani Auditorium)

CXC 2017 Special Guest Matt Fraction returns to our show as a 2018 featured guest!

Matt has one assignment: get the best possible interview out of his friend and peer, our Special Guest and the biggest star in the world of American comic books right this second: the era-defining writer Brian Bendis!

9:30 PM
11:00 PM

Post Brian Michael Bendis and Matt Fraction Event Reception

Columbus College of Art & Design (Canzani Auditorium)

Bend elbows with your CXC friends and our hardworking pals at venue partner CCAD in a post-Bendis/Fraction interview reception recognizing the school’s comics major and their ongoing commitment to the art of animation.

The Cloyd Family Animation Center Gallery where this takes place is one of the hidden gems of Columbus cartooning. Come join us in specific celebration of CCAD's brand new state-of-the-art animation facilities!

Plus it's right across the street from the Canzani auditorium. It's right there! How great is that?

all panels subject to change

September 30

Sunday's Events

10:00 AM
12:50 PM

CXC AT CMA, Featuring Columbus Comics Residency Winner Richie Pope

Columbus Museum of Art (Exhibition Space)

Columbus Museum Of Art is open on a donations-only basis on Sundays, and they hope that on CXC Sunday you’ll take the opportunity to see the comics positive space and the special hallway exhibit featuring Columbus Comics Residency Winner and CXC Special Guest Richie Pope.

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10:30 AM
11:20 AM

An Interview With Richie Pope

Columbus Museum of Art (Exhibition Space)

William Evans, poet and editor- in-chief at the website Black Nerd Problems, interviews 2018 Columbus Comics Residency winner Richie Pope. Richie Pope is an illustrator and cartoonist currently living in Dallas, TX.

Introduction of the participants by Jeffrey Sims.

This program is presented in conjunction with the 2018 Columbus Comics Residency exhibition. Free, no registration requested.

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1:00 PM
5:00 PM

CXC Expo And Book Fair Sunday Edition

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library (2nd Floor Reading Room)

The backbone of the Cartoon Crossroads Columbus experience, the Expo and Book Fair brings together 135 comics-makers, all with new and exciting comics to sell, on the beautiful second floor reading room of the CML Main Library. 

Looking for comic books? Mini-comics? Graphic novels? Orignal art? T-shirts? Posters and prints? High-end deluxe slipcased premium volumes. They're all here. Anchoring the floor are talents like Katie SkellyDerf BackderfNate PowellZack SotoGemma Correlland publishers like Fantagraphicsand Silver Sprocket.

It's the best shopping experience of the year -- and socially friendly besides.

And in six rooms around the library, concurrent panel program (individually described on this site). You can't miss.

some scheduled exhibitors may not arrive

1:30 PM
2:20 PM

CXC Kids Day 2018 Spotlight On Kazu Kibuishi with Jeff Smith

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library (Auditorium)

CXC 2018 Special Guest Kazu Kibuishi talks with his friend and fellow CXC Special Guest Jeff Smith about Kibuishi’s art and mega-beloved kid series Amulet at the show’s debut of volume eight!

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1:30 PM
2:20 PM

CXC Kids Day 2018 Drawing Comics With Rafael Rosado

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library (Homework Help Room)

CXC 2018 Featured Guest Rafael Rosado talks about drawing and his The Chronicles of ClaudetteSeries in a CXC-special version of his much lauded kids-focused presentation!

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1:30 PM
2:20 PM

CXC Kids Day 2018 Reading Comics With Liniers

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library (2nd Floor Reading Room)

CXC 2018 Special Guest and natural-born performer Liniers reads from his kids work for Toon Books in the library reading room. We hope for Good Night, Planet in English and in Spanish, but we'll leave that final decision up to the cartoonist.

Come sit with us for a spell!

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1:30 PM
2:20 PM

Spotlight On Jessica Campbell and XTC69

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library (Room 2-A)

One of North America’s most promising and funniest young cartoonists, CXC 2018 Special Guest Jessica Campbell discusses her first full-length work of humor, XTC69, and the various places her art and comics interests take her!

Moderated by Rachel Miller.

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1:30 PM
2:20 PM

Brian Michael Bendis Retailer Spotlight

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library (Carnegie Room)

Sponsored by Laughing Ogre, Brian Michael Bendis sits down in the amazing Carnegie room for a discussion with area retailers and their patrons about the selling of his comics.

Seating for outside patrons will be severely limited to the seat's 50+ capacity minus 36 tickets for the retail community. Remaining seats and no-shows will be opened at 1:20 PM!

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1:30 PM
2:20 PM

SOL-CON Panel #3: Diversity in Comics and the Anxiety of Arriving

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library (Room 3-A)

David Walker; John Jennings; Kat Fajardo; Constanza Yovaniniz; Dustin García. Panelists will share candid thoughts, feelings, and experiences with international and national mainstream recognitions.

2:30 PM
3:20 PM

CXC Kids Day 2018 Spotlight On Liniers with Jeff Smith

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library (Auditorium)

The great Liniers, a CXC 2018 special guest, sits down with the equally great and equally special guest Jeff Smith to talk about their kids' work and their amazingly organic art styles in this featured conversation.

This will be a roughly 35-minute panel to facilitate Liniers' trip home!

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2:30 PM
3:20 PM

CXC Kids Day 2018 Reading Comics With Rafael Rosado

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library (2nd Floor Reading Room)

CXC 2018 Featured Guest Rafael Rosado reads work from the Beware! series he dos with writer Jorge Aguirre. Hear these adventures in the voice of their creator!

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2:30 PM
3:20 PM

Comics Workbook Workshop #3

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library (Room 2-A)

Pittsburgh’s Comics Workbook collective joins us for a third year offering courses in comics creation through attention to structure.

These classes, offered all over the world, can be taken here for free. This is the third of three hours offered. Pick one or come to all three!

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2:30 PM
3:20 PM

Spotlight On Darrin Bell

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library (Room 3-A)

This spotlight panel on CXC 2018 Special Guest Darrin Bell will discuss the strip and editorial cartooning worlds between which the prolific Candorville creator operates.

Moderated by Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Curator Jenny Robb.

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2:30 PM
3:20 PM

A Time, A Place, A Scene: Seattle Cartooning In the 1990s with Jason Lutes, Jim Woodring, Roberta Gregory

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library (Room 3-B)

One of the great places and times for comics, the Seattle Scene of the 1990s helps transform comics into a place of cultural legitimacy and literary value. Three great creators from that scene talk about the work that was done — their own and others — and the value of a living amongst other cartoonists.

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2:30 PM
3:20 PM

Spotlight On Ngozi Ukazu And Check, Please!

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library (Carnegie Room)

There is no major release from a print publisher this Fall more hotly anticipated in the Young Adult market than CXC Special Guest Ngozi Ukazu’s first volume of work from her phenomenon of a webcomic series: Check, Please!

Come see this special work discussed by its special creator.

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2:30 PM
3:20 PM

SOL-CON KIDS DAY Panel: Comics of Color for Youth

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library (Room 1-A)

Terreece Clarke; Jason “Gonzo” González; Frederick Luis Aldama; Lawrence Lindell. Panelists will discuss challenges and triumphs of creating comics and illustrated stories for children, tweens, and teens of color.

3:30 PM
4:20 PM

CXC Kids Day 2018 Signapalooza

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library (Main Lobby)

This is the Big One!

Every CXC creator with a kids book -- spearheaded by our Kids Day special guests Kazu Kibushi and Jeff Smith -- makes their way to the lobby of the CML main library for one-stop shopping and signing of a kind rarely experienced by fans of comics!

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3:30 PM
4:20 PM

SOL-CON Panel #4: Fear of a Brown Planet

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library (Room 3-A)

Afro & Latinx Futurism: Fernando de la Peña, Rodrigo Vargas; Frederick Aldama; Tanna Tucker;  Zeke Peña. Panelists will discuss the challenges, joys, and significance of creating and publishing comics that imagine brown peoples in the future. 

3:30 PM
4:20 PM

Hidden Stories Of Ohio And Columbus Cartooning with Bruce Chrislip, Bob Corby, Ken Eppstein, Lisa Sterle

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library (Room 3-B)

Sponsored by Feazel Roofing!

Learn about Columbus Comics and the special legacy of the last 40 years of Ohio comics creators from those that have experienced it and are still involved!

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3:30 PM
4:20 AM

Emerging Talent Winners Roundtable

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library (Room 2-A)

And this year makes four! Hot on the heels of yesterday's announcement of a brand new CXC emerging talent for 2018, we're gathering the present winner and the past ones into a room to piece together the state of the industry and art form through their eyes!

That's Katie Skelly, Kat Fajardo and Kevin Czap joining our new person, and any one of those folks can fill hours of programming with quality talk all on their own!

3:30 PM
4:20 PM

Olivia Jaimes Spotlight

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library (Carnegie Room)

Olivia Jaimes is a deserved comics sensation, creating a very funny Nancy comic strip that pays homage to Ernie Bushmiller AND strikes out for new territory all Jaimes' own. This is her first public appearance, we have no idea what it's going to be like, either, but I promise it will be interesting and I'm certain it will be fun.

There is limited seating -- somewhere between 45 and 55 chairs at the far outside of what that room, a very nice boardroom, can do. While we obviously can't guarantee access to everyone that will be interested, we will do our best to mitigate the misery part of such an experience. Wish us luck!

8:00 PM
11:00 PM

CXC Afterparty and Volunteer Celebration

Pins Mechanical Co, (141 N 4th St)

Wind down with your CXC friends as we tip a hat in the direction of our wonderful volunteers and this laid-back party with a family feel. Family in a good way!