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Black Lives Matter

Cartoon Crossroads Columbus believes that Black Lives Matter. We stand with those in the comics community who are speaking out against systemic racism in our society and against police brutality that disproportionately affects people of color, as well as the white supremacy that lies beneath.

Although silence is not an option, we also acknowledge that words alone are meaningless. To that end, we are developing a set of actions to better our organization, our city, and our comics world. These include but are not limited to providing more tabling, presenting, and leadership opportunities for BIPOC and the strengthening of connections to Black and Indigenous creators and Columbus community members. We acknowledge that meaningful and effective changes can only be done with the input and leadership from marginalized communities, so our plans are still in active development.

CXC is dedicated to building a better comics world, but that means building a better society, industry, and creative community. As recent social media around the pay inequality for black comics creators has shown, that is impossible if we cannot reckon with the history and continuing impacts of white privilege and white supremacy. We must take this moment as an opportunity to do so – and we look forward to proving our dedication to you, our community.    

Cartoon Crossroads Columbus Announces Move to Online Show for 2020

Cartoon Crossroads Columbus will hold its program online October 1-4 instead of a physical show.

Concerns about coronavirus mean that the sixth year of this festival of comics and cartoon art will be different from previous editions, but organizers are excited to see how they can retain the values and vibe of CXC, while also looking to explore opportunities to fulfill the show’s mission in new ways. You can read the full press release here.

You can help us make a festival that better serves you by filling out this short survey: All answers will be kept in confidence.

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

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




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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