Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC): Talk and Teach Series

CXC Talk And Teach

October 13, 2016 - October 14, 2016


Will Eisner Seminar Room, Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Musuem
Room 205, Sullivant Hall, 1813 N. High Street
Columbus OH 43210

Talk And Teach Series

CXC is proud to present a series of presentations from cartoonists and industry figures on things they feel they do well; skills and life practices about which they’d like their fellow creators to know. Presentations are FREE and open to the public. 

Thursday, October 13

10:00  AM-11:00 AM  Dustin Harbin: Best Convention Practices
Cartoonist, artist , letterer, longtime comics retail employee and convention organizer Dustin Harbin on how to sell more comics, how to build an audience, and how to get along with your neighbors.

11:00 AM-NOON  T. Edward Bak: Research Methodology
Cartoonist and author of Island of Memory, Sea Of Time on research methodology: how to go deep on any topic and how to balance learning about subjects and making comics about them.

2:00 PM-3:30 PM  Skill Set: Ann Telnaes
In a special “Talk And Teach” presentation focusing on one cartoonist’s full range of abilities, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Ann Telnaes sits down with CXC Festival Director Tom Spurgeon for an exploration of the skills and practices from which she’s built her amazing career. What does one need to learn, what must one be aware of, to stay at the top of a competitive profession like editorial cartooning? Telnaes describes it all, from her facility with the pen on the page, to her negotiation of a rapidly changing industry, to her ability to provide animated versions of her work and to draw quickly for social media. Come learn from a cartoonist at the top of her game!

Friday, October 14

10:00 AM-11:00 AM  Sacha Mardou: Long Form Fiction Planning
Cartoonist and writer (and Comics Workshop Special Guest) Sacha Mardou on scripting and planning processes for long-form fiction in comics.

11:00 AM- NOON Kriota Willberg: Drawing with NO PAIN! Injury Prevention for Cartoonists
This workshop describes common injuries caused by long hours of drawing, presents guidelines that can help prevent injuries of the hand/wrist, neck, and back, and teaches simple exercises that can help reduce the risk of getting injured.

3:00 PM-4:30 PM  CXC Presents: A State Of The Industry 2016 – Off The Record 
Jean and Charles Schulz Lecture Hall
A sequel to last year’s well-received State Of The Industry Panel, all-star representatives of the comic strip world, digital comics, and traditional publishing talk in no-holds-barred, non-recorded, frank and honest appraisal of where comics is right this second and where it might be going. Join Shena Wolf (, Brendan Burford (King Features), Chip Mosher (comiXology) and Eric Stephenson (Image Comics) for our discussion and follow-up Q&A.

Complete Schedule of Events for October 13-16

With support provided by Mary F. Gau and Kevin Wolf and the Mark J. Cohen and Rose Marie McDaniel Endowment.