Thursday, November 14

Academic Conference Free and open to the public


Sullivant Hall Auditorium

Registration Opens


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Welcome: Jenny Robb, Curator, Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (The Ohio State University)


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"'The Future of Comics is in Their Past': A Dedication," Jared Gardner (The Ohio State University)


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I: The Politics and Poetics of Early Comics and Cartoons

Christina Meyer (University of Hannover, Germany). “Popular Visions of Urban Life: The Sunday Newspaper Comics of the 19th Century”

R.C. Harvey ( “Who Was Wally Wallgren and Why Did He Go AWOL After Starring in World War I”

Chair: Lucy Shelton Caswell (Ohio State University)


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II: Founding Collections: Walt Kelly at 100

Brian Cremins (Harper College). “Snakes, Rabbits, Frogs, Rats, Turtles, Bugs, Berries, Ghosts, and Legends”: Walt Kelly’s Bridgeport and the Imaginative Landscapes of Pogo and Peter Wheat

Kerry Soper (Brigham Young University). “Pogo as a ‘Black’ Character: The Persistent Usefulness of African American Comedic Types and Voices in Walt Kelly’s Mature Comic Strip”

Steve Thompson ( “Lighting a Candle in the Teeth of a Gale: The Editorial Cartoons of Walt Kelly”

Chair: Tom Spurgeon (The Comics Reporter)

12:15pm-1:15pm LUNCH


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III: Continuity, Sequence, Seriality

Corey Creekmur (University of Iowa). “Analysis Terminable and Interminable: Comics Continuity from a Narratological Perspective”

Susan Kirtley (Portland State University). “Many Lives to Live: Serial Narration & Focalization in Dykes to Watch Out For

Rebecca Wanzo (Washington University in St. Louis). “Rethinking Sequential Aesthetics: Comics, Cartooning, and Definitions”

Chair: Robyn Warhol (Ohio State University)


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IV: High/Low

Julia DiLiberti (College of DuPage). “From History to Histrionics: Gilded Age Editorial Cartoons and the Art that Inspired Them”

Tad Suiter (George Mason University). “The Katzenjammer Kids go to the Armory Show: Cartoonists and Modern Art, 1913”

Roy Cook (University of Minnesota). “It was a Dark and Stormy Night...: Intertextual Metafiction In and About Peanuts

Chair: Bill Kartalopoulous (


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V: Autobiographical Comics

Michael Chaney (Dartmouth College). “Embedded Puzzles and Play Spaces in Autobiographical Graphic Novels”

Jose Alaniz (University of Washington). "Mental Disability in Comics Autobiography: Two Cases"

Frederik Byrn Køhlert (University of Montreal), “Natural Born Teenager: Ariel Schrag’s Serial Selves”

Mark McKinney (Miami University), “Citadel culture in French autobiographical comics”

Chair: Julia Watson (Ohio State University)

Friday, November 15

Academic Conference Free and open to the public


Sullivant Hall Auditorium

Registration Opens


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IV: Comics and Classrooms

Matthew Smith (Wittenberg University). “Integrating the Ninth Art in the Curriculum”

Damian Duffy (University of Illinois). “Teaching With Hypercomics: Comics as information organization in digital pedagogical design”

James Sturm (Center for Cartoon Studies). “Applied Cartooning: The Cartoonist Veteran Project”

Chair: Barbara Postema (Ryerson University)


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VII: Founding Collections 2: Will Eisner: Contract with God at 35

Andrew Kunka (University of South Carolina —Sumter). “A Contract with God, The First Kingdom, and the “Graphic Novel”: The Will Eisner/Jack Katz Letters”

N. C. Christopher Couch (University of Massachusetts Amherst). “Will Eisner and the Art of Realism: Graphic Novels, Print, and the Ashcan School”

James H. Vance ( “Eisner as Author: Will Eisner as the Writer of His Graphic Novels”

Danny Fingeroth ( “‘To the Heart of America’: Will Eisner and Jewish-American Literature”

Chair: Jared Gardner (Ohio State University)

12:00pm-1:00pm LUNCH


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VIII: Adaptations, Revisions

Ian Gordon (National University of Singapore). “Charlie Brown in Asia: Marketing Peanuts

Craig Fischer (Appalachian State University) & Charles Hatfield (California State University, Northridge). “The Sketcher versus the Photograph: Adaptation and Skepticism in Eddie Campbell’s The Black Diamond Detective Agency

Qiana Whitted (University of South Carolina). “Comics as Racial Pedagogy from Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story to March: Book One

John Jennings (SUNY Buffalo). “Black Kirby: In Search of the Motherboxx Connection”

Chair: Robert Loss (Columbus College of Art & Design)


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IX: Comics and Transmediality

Aaron Kashtan (Georgia Institute of Technology). “Comics and Transmedia Narrative: The Case of Meanwhile

Geoffrey Long (MIT) & Tyler Weaver ( “Transmediality, Convergence, and the Future of Comics”

Chair: Brian McHale (Ohio State University)


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Keynote Address by Dr. Henry Jenkins (University of Southern California), "Comics...and Stuff"

Grand Opening Celebration  


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Grand Opening Open House

(Festival registrants and invitees only)


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Ribbon Cutting and Remarks

(Festival registrants and invitees only)


Mershon Auditorium

A Conversation with Paul Pope and Jeff Smith

Moderator: Dave Filipi, Director of Film/Video, Wexner Center for the Arts (Festival registration or tickets required)

Saturday, November 16

Festival Forum Festival registration or ticket required


Wexner Film/Video Theater

Registration Opens


Wexner Film/Video Theater

Festival Welcome

Presentation of the Elzie Segar Award to Lucy Shelton Casewell

Presenters: T.R. Shepard and Brendan Burford, King Features


Wexner Film/Video Theater

Matt Bors


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Spotlight on Eddie Campbell
12:00pm-2:00pm LUNCH


Sullivant Hall Lobby

Curator's Tour with Brian Walker. Meet in BICLM lobby (limited to first 25 to arrive)


Wexner Film/Video Theater

Stephan Pastis




Wexner Film/Video Theater

Screening of the documentary Stripped, introduced by filmmakers Dave Kellett and Fred Schroeder, followed by a panel discussion with featured artists Patrick McDonnell, Hilary Price, and Dylan Meconis
5:30pm-7:30pm DINNER BREAK


Mershon Auditorium

An Evening with the Hernandez Brothers

Sunday, November 17

Festival Forum Festival registration or ticket required


Sullivant Hall

Guided Gallery Tours

Behind-the-Scenes tours of the new Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum


Wexner Film/Video Theater

Brian Basset
2:00pm-2:30pm BREAK


Wexner Film/Video Theater

Kazu Kibuishi
3:30pm-4:00pm BREAK


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A Looney Tunes Afternoon with Jeff Smith

Celebrating the 75th Birthday of Bugs Bunny

Sunday Youth Programming

(separate registration required)


Mershon Auditorium Lobby

Teen Wex Lab: Comics Drawing Jam, Chat with Kazu Kibuishi, and a tour of the new Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

Youth won't want to miss this speedy drawing workshop planned in conjunction with the grand opening of Ohio State's Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum. Visiting artist Kazu Kibuishi (creator of the best-selling Amulet series) will join us for a brief Q&A session. Bring your sketchbooks - or we can give you one - and your favorite drawing tools! A tour of the new museum will be included along with lunch and snacks. Sponsored by the Wexner Center for the Arts.


The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Will Eisner Seminar Room

Ariol: Just a Donkey

Spend some time with Ariol, a funny little donkey, and his award-winning author and illustrator, French cartoonist Marc Boutavant! After discovering the famous Ariol books, the artist will show you how to draw yourself as your favorite animal. Then, become part of the story by introducing your animal self to the donkey hero, his best friend, Ramono the pig, and the rest of his classmates. Intended for youth ages 8-10 and their parents.

Wednesday, November 13

Related event Tickets required (not incuded in registration)


Wexner Film/Video Theater

The Art of Spiegelman (Clara Kuperberg & Joelle Oosterlinck, 2010) preceded by Every Tuesday: A Portrait of The New Yorker Cartoonists (Rachel Loube, 2012)

As part of the 2013 Columbus Jewish Film Festival we’re pleased to present a new documentary about former Wexner Center Film/Video Residency Award artist Art Spiegelman. The Art of Spiegelman is an intimate and homey portrait of the life and work of the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and artist, who is just as witty, fascinating, and fiercely insightful as his extraordinary creative output would lead you to believe. Here Spiegelman evokes rich childhood memories and reflects on the evolution of his seminal work Maus and his development into a key figure in the underground comics movement. (43 mins., video) The evening starts with the charming short film Every Tuesday, introduced by its director, Rachel Loube. The New Yorker Magazine is famous for its pithy, witty, and occasionally incomprehensible single-panel cartoons. The cartoons are well known, but the cartoonists are not. This film follows four of them through their creative process and their weekly shared lunch. (21 mins., video)


Tickets are available at


($8 general public; $5 Wexner Center and JCC members, students, and seniors)


Co-presented with the Columbus Jewish Film Festival, Leventhal Visiting Artists Fund, Columbus Jewish Foundation, Ohio State Film Studies Program, OSU Hillel, and Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum





[Schedule and speakers are subject to change]