Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) & Billy Ireland 40th Anniversary Celebration!

Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC)

September 28, 2017 - October 1, 2017


Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
Sullivant Hall, 1813 N. High St.
Columbus OH 43210

The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is proud to host the first two days, September 28-29, of the third-annual Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC)! This city-wide, four-day festival brings hundreds of cartoonists from across the nation together to celebrate cartoon art at a variety of venues throughout Columbus. All events are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

Check here for a full schedule of CXC events! September 30-October 1, 2017 events take place at the Columbus Metropolitan Library

On Thursday, catch presentations by STEVE HAMAKER on computer coloring, DAN GEARINO on research for comics historians, and KEVIN HUIZENGA on depicting time in comics form, as well as a spotlight on our guest DANA SIMPSON.

Friday’s features include presentations by LESLIE STEIN on watercolor, Pulitzer Prize winner SIGNE WILKINSON on editorial cartooning, JAMAICA DYER on creating autobiography, and Behind-the-Scenes Tours every hour on the hour from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, starting from the Reading Room. 

Also on campus Thursday and Friday are SOL-CON, the Black and Brown Comix Expo, and events at the Wexner Center, including film screenings and an interview with CHRIS WARE by our associate curator Caitlin McGurk (free but must reserve tickets in advance beginning September 25).


On Friday from 5:00 – 7:00 pm, join us for a special 40th anniversary celebration at the Billy Ireland!


Explore our current exhibits, enjoy refreshments at the catered reception, and prepare for a few surprises! We will have beer and wine available for purchase during the reception. Please note that this is a CASH ONLY bar, and we cannot accept cards.

Visitors will get to peruse an open-house display of materials selected by the Billy Ireland’s 2017 CXC special guests, and view our special anniversary exhibitions, TALES FROM THE VAULT: 40 YEARS/40 STORIES and FOUNDING COLLECTIONS: 1977-2017. These dynamic exhibits include some of the most unique moments from our four decades of collecting. 

Following the reception, head over to Wexner Center for the Arts to see a special sneak-peek of MY FRIEND DAHMER, the film adaptation of BICLM guest DERF’s critically acclaimed graphic memoir (free but must reserve tickets in advance beginning September 25).

Additional events will take place at the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus Museum of Art (CMA), and Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).  


The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum would like to welcome our special guests, SIGNE WILKINSON, DANA SIMPSON, DERF, and KAT FAJARDO!

The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum would like to thank our sponsors GoComics, Mary Gau and Kevin Wolf, and the Mark J. Cohen and Rose Marie McDaniel Endowment