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Monday, July 27, 2020

Cartoon Crossroads Columbus Reveals 2020 Poster and Guests

Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) is proud to reveal the logo and poster by Columbus resident Ben Towle for the 2020 festival, as well as announce the first round of special guests participating in programming at this year’s show, which will take place October 1-4, 2020. Gene Luen Yang, the celebrated author of AMERICAN BORN CHINESE, BOXERS AND SAINTS, SUPERMAN SMASHES THE KLAN, and the recently published DRAGON HOOPS, will be the keynote presenter.

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Monday, May 25, 2020

Cartoon Crossroads Columbus Announces Move to Online Show for 2020

Columbus, Ohio, May 26, 2020 -- Cartoon Crossroads Columbus will hold its program online in October instead of a physical show.

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Saturday, September 28, 2019

Cartoonist Carta Monir Wins 2019 Emerging Talent Award

SEPTEMBER 28, 2019  (Columbus, Ohio) — In an explosive, happy moment from the floor of the Expo held by Cartoon Crossroads Columbus on the second floor of CML Main library, Cartoonist Carta Monir became the fifth winner of the CXC Emerging Talent award, given every year Cartoon Crossroads Columbus. Since its inception the award has been fully funded by Jeff Smith and Vijaya Iyer, the creator and president of Cartoon Books, the company behind Bone and other Smith works. Monir’s win marks $37,000 in total funds awarded by Smith and Iyer on behalf of emerging cartoonists.

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Friday, September 27, 2019

Cartoon Crossroads Columbus Gives Two Major Awards to P. Craig Russell and NIB Founder Matt Bors

SEPTEMBER 27, 2019 (Columbus, OH) —Ohio natives P. Craig Russell and Matt Bors were each presented with a major award by Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) for their career achievement at a packed reception at Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum during the second day of the Cartoon Crossroads Columbus Festival.

P. Craig Russell was honored for his career work in becoming a master cartoonist, defined by CXC as a creator with sustained, displayed excellence in making cartoon art. Russell came to prominence in the 1970s as a much sought-after fantasy artist at publishers like Marvel. He expanded his output to lyrical adaptation of literature and opera, and has collaborated with icons such as writer Neil Gaiman...

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Cartoon Crossroads Columbus Names Second Wave of Special Guests

Comic Artists Terri Libenson, Tom Tomorrow and Frank Santoro Join 27 other special guests for the Fifth Year Cartooning Festival

SEPTEMBER 25, 2019 (COLUMBUS, OHIO)—Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) announced the remaining special guests for the fifth-annual festival held venues around Columbus.

CXC added Terri Libenson, the strip cartoonist behind The Pajama Diaries and the middle-school artist and writer behind the Emmie & Friends Series. Terri will be participating in featured signings at the Columbus Metropolitan Main Library on Saturday from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm.

Tom Tomorrow, the much-loved icon of the post-war generation will bring his This Modern World to meet fans and advocate on both his own behalf and for client publication The Nib. He will appear at CCAD’s Canzani Auditorium on Saturday, September 28 at 8 p.m.

The festival also welcomes returning 2018 guests Liana Finck and Georgia Webber, MK Czerwiec and Rachel Lindsay and the newspaper cartoonist Hilary Price. They join the other special guests announced in July -- Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants and Dog Man series), Mike Mignola (Hellboy and the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense), Ann Telnaes (Washington Post) and others.


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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Jeff Smith and Vijaya Iyer Reach 37,000 in Giving to Emerging Cartoonists

The fifth winner of the Emerging Cartoonist award funded by Jeff Smith and Vijaya Iyer will be named Sept. 28 at the 2019 Cartoon Crossroads Columbus Expo at the Columbus Metropolitan Library

When Jeff  and Vijaya step to the microphone during the 2019 Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) Expo at the Columbus Metropolitan Main Library, the long time Columbus residents will have awarded $37,000 to emerging cartooning talent. The 2019 award will be $7,500.


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Monday, July 15, 2019

Bestselling Comics Creators and Pulitzer Prize Winners for CXC 2019

Thousands of Columbus residents, artists, writers and fans of all ages will mix with dozens of international and national artists, diverse underground voices, Pulitzer Prize awardees and comic legends behind major film projects like HellBoy during Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) 2019.

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News About CXC

2020 Media

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Alternatives to the 12 of the country's most popular annual events

Get crowds off your calendar in 2020. Cochella, Art Basel, Comic-Con.  The country's biggest events are, well, big. This year check out these lesser known alternatives.

2019 Media

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Final Dispatch from Comics Reporter Tom Spurgeon

Remembering the author, critic and executive director of Cartoon Crossroads Columbus. When Tom Spurgeon was a boy in Indiana, his father, Wiley Spurgeon, an executive editor overseeing sister newspapers The Muncie Star and The Muncie Press, would regularly bring home King Features Syndicate promotional packages, thick books containing potential strips the paper could add to its comics page.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Tom Spurgeon, Who Surveyed the Comic Book World, Dies at 50

A reporter, editor and author, he co-wrote a biography of Stan Lee, oversaw a comics festival and started an award-winning website.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Netflix to adapt ‘Bone’ comic series as children’s show

The streaming giant announced Wednesday that it secured the rights to Columbus cartoonist Jeff Smith’s award-winning work. Columbus cartoonist Jeff Smith’s “Bone” comic book saga is headed to Netflix.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Photo Mania: Cartoon Crossroads Columbus 2019

Started in 2014 by Lucy Shelton Caswell, founder and curator of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, Jeff Smith, cartoonist and creator of the Bone comics series, and his wife Vijaya Iger, Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) is an international festival showcasing comics, editorial cartoons, newspaper comicstrips and animation, held annually in Columbus, Ohio.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Cartoon Crossroads Champions Free Speech with Chalk Slam

Political cartoonists from across the U.S. and even the Middle East participated in a ‘Chalk Slam’ on Friday at the Columbus Metropolitan Main Library, Downtown, drawing various characters in chalk on the sidewalks as part of the Cartoon Crossroads Columbus festival. The festival continues Saturday at the main library and Sunday throughout the city.

Friday, September 27, 2019

British animators get their turn in the spotlight at Wexner event

Quick: Who are the leading lights of British animation? If no one instantly springs to mind, don’t worry — audiences across the pond might have difficulty naming names, too. “The big names the audiences are most aware of (in animation) are the same names that you’re aware of: They are the Fleischers (Betty Boop, Popeye). They are Disney. They are Warner Bros.′ Bugs Bunny,” said Jez Stewart, a curator at the British Film Institute National Archive.


Friday, September 27, 2019

Matt Bors still sees hope for this fast-warming, white nationalist-overrun hellscape

The award-winning political cartoonist and editor/founder of ‘The Nib’ appears at a pair of CXC events on Saturday, Sept. 28. Matt Bors’ comics, like the world events upon which they draw, often paint a bleak picture of the future, depicting a planet decimated by global warming, a president and administration openly catering to white nationalists, and a political machine so beholden to the NRA that gun rights hold greater import than the lives of children.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Buki Bodunrin brings ‘The Golden Chain’ to CXC

Nigeria-born, Los Angeles-based animator and experimental filmmaker explores origin myths and Afrofuturism alongside graphic novelist Ezra Claytan Daniels. When animator and experimental filmmaker Adebukola “Buki” Bodunrin went on her first date with Ezra Claytan Daniels, she learned he was a comic book artist and that he shared her love of science fiction. The two hit it off, and right away Bodunrin wondered if they might work on a project together.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

The List: Five events worth scoping out at CXC

Cartoon Crossroads Columbus warm-ups kick off Wednesday, Sept. 25, and the comics extravaganza continues through Sunday at venues citywide. A conversation with a co-worker this week went something like this: Me: “Are you going to CXC this weekend?” Co-worker: “No. Wait, what’s that?” Me: [Explains what CXC is and talks about some events of interest.] Co-worker: “Dav Pilkey? Oh, I’m going to that. Got my tickets already, too!” You can imagine the GIF that looped through my head. Anyway, I recall the conversation because it illustrates the best and worst part of CXC: So much goodness is going on all over the city that keeping track of it all can be overwhelming. Even those in the know sometimes don’t know, you know?


Monday, September 23, 2019

Cartoon Crossroads Columbus to Feature Creators of ‘Hellboy’ and ‘Captain Underpants’

In a city that embraces comics, this annual convention is more art and less cosplay. As the creator of the comic Bone, Columbus cartoonist Jeff Smith had been to plenty of comic book conventions—enough to begin imagining something different.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Captain Underpants Creator to Appear at Cartoon Crossroads

From an early age, writer/illustrator Dav Pilkey has been captivated by storytelling. Second grade was a difficult time for Dav Pilkey.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

CXC brings in Hellboy creator Mike Mignola

Cartoon Crossroads Columbus’ keynote event will feature Mignola and Jeff Smith at the Wex on Sept. 27. Each year Cartoon Crossroads seems to bring bigger and bigger names in the independent comics world to Columbus, and this year is no exception. On Friday, Sept. 27 at 4 p.m., Hellboy creator Mike Mignola will join Bone creator (and CXC artistic director) Jeff Smith in conversation at the Wexner Center’s Film/Video Theater. Tickets are free and can be reserved starting tomorrow (Thursday, Aug. 1) at 10 a.m. at (limit of three tickets per reservation).



2017 Media

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Fall Arts Guide: 25 Can't Miss Events

Columbus Alive

Mark your calendars and save the date. The arts scene in Columbus continued to create on its summer vacation. Regardless, the onset of fall brings with it …

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Visual Arts: Diversity across subjects, mediums will be on display in upcoming exhibits

The Columbus Dispatch

The key to visual-arts exhibits in the coming season is variety. On view will be images as diverse as portraits by filmmaker and model Cindy Sherman and …

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Upcoming appearances by authors can brighten darkening days

The Columbus Dispatch

Goodbye, summer beach reading. Hello, cozy autumn page-turners. As summer turns to fall, out come the sweaters and comforters, and also the mysteries, romances …

2016 Media

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Cartoon Crossroads Columbus gives voice to different breed of artist

The Columbus Dispatch

These aren’t your grandpa’s cartoons, but a new generation of cutting-edge cartoons drawn and computer-generated by a different breed of artists who set out to do …

Friday, October 14, 2016

‘Bone’ cartoonist aims to help create the South by Southwest of comics

The Washington Post

If it’s good enough for movies or music, then why not for comics? The idea of a film festival taking over a town for a few days doesn’t sound so novel in North America …

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Cartoon Crossroads Columbus to welcome Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau

The Columbus Dispatch

Ever since Donald Trump first flirted with a presidential run in 1987, Garry Trudeau has been blasting the billionaire in his syndicated comic strip, Doonesbury. The …

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Editorial: Comics fest is serious business

The Columbus Dispatch

The chances of Columbus residents being sketched, caricatured, and graphic-novelized have never been greater, as cartoonists from around the nation converge …