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Cartoonist Keith Knight Speaks Out in Columbus

Keith Knight, cartoonist, hip-hop artist, and community activist, will visit Columbus in October. Mr. Knight will present two events that will be free and open to the public. On Thursday, October 5, Mr. Knight will speak at the Ohio State University’s Hale Black Cultural Center at 7:30 pm. On Saturday, October 7, he will lead a workshop entitled “Cartooning Is Serious Business” at the Columbus College of Art and Design.

Mr. Knight creates two nationally-syndicated weekly comics, the K Chronicles and th(ink). They appear in weekly newspapers across the country and on websites such as www.salon.com. His cartoons also regularly appear in MAD Magazine and ESPN The Magazine. He is part of a new generation of talented young African-American artists who infuse their work with edge, humor, satire, politics, race and social commentary.

Aaron McGruder, Creator of the Boondocks calls Keith’s work, “fluid and energetic and wild.very, very smart and very funny.”

“Keith Knight deals with so many issues with both gravitas and such a light touch, while never missing a chance for a cheap laugh. This is the work of a genius,” says Dave Eggers, author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. For more information about Mr. Knight, see www.kchronicles.com.

About the Events

Keith Knight: Gentleman Cartoonist
Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center
The Ohio State University, 153 W. 12th Ave
Thursday, October 5 at 7:30 pm
Free admission
Event co-sponsored by the Cartoon Research Library, the Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center, the Institute for Collaborative Research and Public Humanities, the Multicutural Center, and the Ohio Arts Council.

Mr. Knight will discuss his career as a cartoonist and musician and his experiences as a young, urban, African-American male. His humorous and thought-provoking presentation will touch on contemporary issues of interest to the community including race, racial stereotyping, diversity, the media and politics.

“Cartooning Is Serious Business” Workshop
Columbus College of Art and Design
107 North Ninth Street
Saturday, October 7 at 10:30 am -12:30 pm
Free Admission, but RSVP required to cartoons@osu.edu by September 30
Workshop co-sponsored by the Cartoon Research Library, the Columbus College of Art and Design, the Institute for Collaborative Research and Public Humanities, and the Ohio Arts Council

Mr. Knight will draw upon 12 years as a self-syndicated cartoonist for this intensive workshop, which is an advanced class for artists, illustrators and cartoonists interested in making cartooning a viable money-making career. The workshop will focus on the business side of comics from marketing and promotions to dealing with syndicates and negotiating publishing contracts.

About the Sponsors

The primary mission of The Cartoon Research Library at the Ohio State University is to develop a comprehensive research collection of materials documenting American printed cartoon art (editorial cartoons, comic strips, comic books, graphic novels, sports cartoons, and magazine cartoons) and to provide access to these collections. See http://cartoons.osu.edu/ for further information.

The Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) is one of the largest and oldest private art colleges in the United States. Recognized as a leader in visual arts education and as a resource for artists and the community, CCAD advances a distinct learning culture by blending a tradition of professionalism and a commitment to quality with a solid education in the fundamentals of art and the humanities. See www.ccad.edu for further information.

The mission of the Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center at the Ohio State University is to develop and maintain supportive programs and activities for the development and advancement of Black students. Additionally, it serves as an instrument of orientation and instruction to the larger community on issues of race, politics, economics, and community. See http://oma.osu.edu/hale/Home.htm for further information.

The Institute for Collaborative Research and Public Humanities at the Ohio State University has three purposes – to encourage cooperative research both among scholars in the humanities from Ohio State and elsewhere and between humanists and colleagues in the Arts and Sciences and elsewhere on campus, to promote the engagement of the humanities with the public culture beyond the university, and to foster experimental interdisciplinary education. See http://icrph.osu.edu/ for further information.

The Multicultural Center at The Ohio State University exists to provide intellectual and cultural enrichment, programs & services, and facilities; and to create a community environment that recognizes cultural differences, respects cultural uniqueness, and facilitates cross-cultural interaction, learning and appreciation.
See http://multiculturalcenter.osu.edu for further information.

The Ohio Arts Council is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally and economically. See www.oac.state.oh.us for further information.