- Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) September 28, 2017 - October 1, 2017
SAVE THE DATE! Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) is a multi-facted, yearly festival celebrating comics and cartooning, the city of Columbus and cartoonists worldwide. For 2017, the festival will run from September 28 – October 1.
- Tom Spurgeon | We Told You So: Comics as Art April 11, 2017
It’s hard to imagine the field of comics being as diverse and vibrant as it is today without publisher Fantagraphics Books. Founded in 1976 by Gary Groth and Mike Catron (joined by the late Kim Thompson in 1977), Fantagraphics began by publishing the collector’s magazine Amazing Heroes before beginning to publish comics in 1979. During its existence, the company has published and championed such alternative comics greats as Dan Clowes, the Hernandez Brothers, Jessica Abel, and Charles Burns, along with reprints of classic comics and the influential The Comics Journal. In We Told You So: Comics as Art, comics historian and critic Tom Spurgeon (along with co-author Michael Dean) provide an oral history of the influential company, exploring not only the business side of the operation but the broader movement and acceptance of comics as an art form during the past 40 years. Those interviewed include a “Who’s Who” of American comics including Art Spiegelman, Stan Lee, Frank Miller, Dave Sim, Jim Shooter and more.
- Michael Tisserand | Krazy: George Herriman, A Life in Black and White March 28, 2017
In print from 1913 – 1944, George Herriman’s Krazy Kat newspaper strip is among the most celebrated and revered in comics history. Although not terribly popular with the general public, Herriman’s blend of visual poetry and surrealistic settings inspired an animated series, a ballet, and made it a favorite among intellectuals around the world (as well as publisher William Randolph Hearst who liked it so much he supported Herriman and the strip until the artist died.)
Herriman was born in New Orleans in 1880 to mixed race parents. Though his birth certificate said “Colored”, Herriman lived his life as a white man. In his much anticipated biography, Krazy, Michael Tisserand examines the role race played in Herriman’s life and the fascinating and subtle ways that questions of race were addressed in his work.
- Superheroes en Vogue March 8, 2017
Mural Project led by Amana Harris
Visual artist Amana Harris and Comic Artists Michael Watson and Victor Dandridge come together at the intersection of independent artistry, media industry, education and activism for an engaging presentation and discussion on issues of social justice and diversity in the graphics industry and in our society. Curated by Christopher Jeansonne, Artists will discuss some of there many powerful works and will have items for sale at the event. Food provided. Attendance is free and open to the public. RSVP here