Past Events

  • Global Comics Lecture Series: Aleksandar Zograf's Flea Market Stories (virtual event) Global Comics Lecture Series: Aleksandar Zograf's Flea Market Stories (virtual event) March 12, 2021

    In his quest for a story, Aleksandar Zograf has often used flea market finds as a source of inspiration for his comics. Long forgotten love letters, strange versions of Disneyana objects made in Eastern Europe and a World War II diary have all ended up in Zograf’s comics. Zograf has said that flea markets are great because you never know what you may find—it could be anything coming your way. With the feeling of numerous possibilities feeding his curiosity, Zograf dives directly into the collective subconscious where he discovers poetry in searching for and finding the stories behind things. For Zograf, the flea market is a timeless adventure that he shares with the world through his art.

  • Creative Pathfinders: Kumasi J. Barnett (virtual event) Creative Pathfinders: Kumasi J. Barnett (virtual event) March 3, 2021

    Join College of Arts and Sciences for a series of conversations that trace the careers and highlight the groundbreaking accomplishments of our dynamic OSU alumni in the arts and design. This event is presented by the Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise.

    Kumasi J. Barnett received his MFA from The Ohio State University in 2008, and now lives and works in Baltimore, MD. Influenced by the aesthetics and narratives of comic books, his work subverts and imbues the often-timeless genre with a present-day social consciousness. Barnett frequently paints directly over old copies of comic books, changing their narratives into critiques of police brutality, racial profiling, and more broadly, systemic racism.

  • M.S. Harkness on Constructing Graphic Memoir M.S. Harkness on Constructing Graphic Memoir February 25, 2021

    Join the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum in partnership with Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) on Zoom on Thursday, February 25 at 6pm Eastern for a program with cartoonist M.S. Harkness on creating autobiographical comics. FREE.

    Harkness is the author of the graphic novels Desperate Pleasures (Uncivilized, 2020) and Tinderella (Kilgore Books, 2018) and various self-published works including Rotten and Dope Dealer. Harkness has been featured on The New Yorker’s Daily Shouts, and was a recipient of the Minnesota Artist’s initiative grant for her autobiographical comics. She is an NASM certified Personal Trainer and currently teaches at the Columbus College of Art & Design. She is currently working on her third graphic novel.

    This presentation will focus on how M.S. Harkness adapts and structures real life moments and memories, including difficult histories, into her work. This presentation may contain discussion of sensitive topics that are not appropriate for all ages.

    This event is presented in conjunction with the exhibit Ladies First: A Century of Women’s Innovations in Comics and Cartoon Art, currently on display at The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

    This is a free live webinar that will also be simulcast on CXC’s YouTube ( Twitch (

    Cosponsored by the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum and Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC).

    To learn more about M.S. Harkness’s work visit

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  • Paper Charades: Kids Edition! Paper Charades: Kids Edition! January 24, 2021

    Calling all comics-loving kids! Join us on Sunday, January 24th at 4pm EST (1pm PT) for an interactive game of Paper Charades [on Zoom]. The contestants in this family-friendly, Pictionary-like game are three of the top YA cartoonists working today: Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Guts, The Babysitters Club), Dana Simpson (Phoebe and Her Unicorn), and Shannon Wright (Twins, My Mommy Medicine).

    Our contestants will draw prompts provided by the hosts, and you are invited to guess what they are in the chat.

    FREE and open to all! Registration required.  Register Now!

  • The Four Immigrants Manga: How a Japanese Fine Artist Leapt Across Cultures With a Comic Book in 1931 The Four Immigrants Manga: How a Japanese Fine Artist Leapt Across Cultures With a Comic Book in 1931 November 4, 2020

    Join the University Libraries International and Area Studies Department for the next virtual event in the Global Comics Series. Frederik L. Schodt, award-winning author of numerous non-fiction books on the convergence of Japanese and American cultures, will present a heavily illustrated talk examining the development of comics in Japan and the life and pioneering work of Japanese comic artist Henry Yoshitaka Kiyama.

    The Global Comics Series is a lecture series on global comics scholarship. In this series, scholars present on transnational issues from distinct area studies’ regional perspectives. Topics include global comic scholarship on immigration/migration, nationalism, identity and culture, feminism, political censorship, technology disruption and more. These lectures are free and open to the public.

    The series is presented by The Ohio State University’s Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Slavic and East European Studies and East Asian Studies Center, with funds from the U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant, the Area Studies Department, University Libraries, Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum and Asian American Studies.

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    If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please email as soon as possible. Requests made a week prior to the program will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.

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