The tenth triennial Festival of Cartoon Art will take place at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH October 14-17, 2010. The Festival is a unique celebration of cartoons and comics featuring exhibitions, presentations by top creators, panel discussions, an academic pre-conference, and other special programs.




Thursday, October 14: Humor, Play and Identity in Comics: Academic Perspectives

This one-day symposium gives scholars an opportunity to present their research on cartoons and comics.  It was introduced for the first time in 2007 and was such a success; we’re bringing it back again.


Co-sponsored by Project Narrative of the Department of English and the Popular Culture Studies Program of the College of Arts and Sciences


Friday, October 15 and Saturday, October 16: The Festival Forum will feature an impressive line-up of presentations by top cartoon and comics creators. The Forum events will take place on campus in the Wexner Center for the Arts. This year’s presenters are:

  • Steve Breen
  • Roz Chast
  • Tony Cochran
  • Jan Eliot
  • Matt Groening and Tom Gammill
  • Dave Kellett
  • Paul Levitz
  • Dan Piraro
  • Jen Sorensen
  • James Sturm
  • Gene Luen Yang

Sunday, October 17: Wexner Artist Residency Event

A special event with Art Spiegelman will take place on Sunday, October 17, as part of his residency at the Wexner Center for the Arts.


Jay Kennedy Tribute: Jay Kennedy, the late Editor-in-Chief of King Features Syndicate, bequeathed his collection of underground comic books to the Cartoon Library & Museum. In honor of this wonderful gift, the Forum will include a panel discussion about Jay and his extraordinary accomplishments. Confirmed panelists include Brendan Burford, Bill Griffith, Matt Groening, and Patrick McDonnell.


Krazy Kat’s 100th Birthday: The Festival will feature several special events in celebration of Krazy Kat’s 100th birthday. Michael Tisserand, author of a biography of George Herriman scheduled for publication in 2011, will give the keynote address for the Acadmic Perspectives pre-conference on Thursday, October 14.  Immediately following, all Festival participants are invited to a birthday party and exhibition reception at the Cartoon Library & Museum.  The exhibition on display in the Reading Room Gallery will be Scenes of My Infint-hood: Celebrating the Birth of Krazy Kat.


The reception will be co-sponsored by the Great Lakes Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society.


Ireland of the Dispatch: A retrospective of the work of Billy Ireland, Columbus Dispatch cartoonist from 1898-1935, will be held in the Exhibition Gallery at the spectacular and newly-renovated Thompson Library. A special exhibition reception will take place on Saturday, October 16.


Publications: Festival attendees will receive complimentary copies of two exhibition catalogues with their registration.


WexLab: A special workshop for teens on creating comics will take place on Saturday, October 16 at the Wexner Center for the Arts.


Click here for a complete schedule of events


Library & Museum Access : Due to the Festival of Cartoon Art, library staff will not be able to page materials for researchers on Thursday, October 14 or Friday, October 15, 2010. In addition, the Reading Room will be open to researchers BY ADVANCE APPOINTMENT ONLY on Monday, October 18 and Tuesday, October 19. Regular library operations will resume on Wednesday, October 20, 2010.