Drawn to the Crossroads

2020 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. We are working hard on our 2020 special guest list.

Previous guests from the last few years include. 

* Natasha Alterici (2019) * Ho Che Anderson (2019) *Ezra Clayton Daniels (2019)* Jaime Hernandez (Love and Rockets) * Hellen Jo (Jin & Jam No. 1; Frontier #2) * Patrick McDonnell (Mutts) * Mike Mignola (Hellboy; BPRD) * Carta Monir (Diskette Press) * Tom Tomorrow (This Modern World)

See the Guests Page for more details as they develop, and keep an eye on this site for updates. Please note that all scheduled guests and events are subject to change without notice.

For a look at the kind of show CXC likes to offer, Download 2019 CXC Program Guide


For 2020, we are working on improving our professional development efforts, continuing our LGBTQIA+ commitment, and directly engaging with industry and comic culture issues!

CXC brings you Entire Worlds Of Comics and Cartoon-Making!


Cartoon Crossroads Columbus 2020 Is coming your way next fall!

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. In her 2019 show poster depicted below, CXC featured artist Keren Katz brings her visual elan to a series of comics figures bursting with the energy of dance and celebration.

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 www.cartoons.osu.edu

Hale Hall odi.osu.edu/laser/events/sol-con

The Wexner Center for the Arts www.wexarts.org

Saturday & Sunday

Downtown Columbus

Columbus Metropolitan Library www.columbuslibrary.org

The Columbus Museum Of Art www.columbusmuseum.org

Columbus College of Art & Design www.ccad.edu/academics/comics-narrative-practice




We continue to look for the right balance between offering deals through the festival's relationship with local hotels and keeping out of the hotel business. We hope to present the best arrangement for 2020 on June 1, 2020.

The last three years we've been quite happy with Hotel LeVeque as a a kind of central hotel for the guests we put up. We've also done well with The Westin Great Southern and this last year The Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square. We are also a fine AirBnB town (although as a travel hub for the insurance industry, bedbugs are a concern) and have a loose confedration of room-suppliers amongst our closest friends. There is a place for you here!


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