- The Secret History of Black Punk: Record Zero March 21, 2023
Free and open to the public. Join us for a book discussion and signing with Columbus-based artist Raeghan Buchanan, author and illustrator of The Secret History of Black Punk: Record Zero, an illustrated roll-call for punk, post-punk, hardcore, no-wave, and experimental bands from ground zero ‘til now. A starting point for anyone curious, another reference for those who devour all genre-related things, or a cool artifact for anyone in the know. Free and open to the public.
- Before Comic Books: The Early Newspaper Comic Strip and American Culture March 7, 2023
Join us for a special virtual program with Jean Lee Cole on her book How the Other Half Laughs: The Comic Sensibility in American Culture, 1895-1920, in conjunction with our current exhibit Man Saves Comics! Bill Blackbeard’s Treasure of 20th Century Newspapers.
This event is part of Will Eisner Week 2023.
At the turn of the twentieth century, strips such as Hogan’s Alley, The Katzenjammer Kids, and Bringing Up Father defined the genre and became a driving force in the development of mass media. The earliest newspaper comic strips were marked by wild creativity, violence, and class commentary almost completely absent from today’s “funny pages”; Cole argues that they—and the laughter they provoked–also played an important role in the formation of immigrant and working-class community identity.
- Comics, Security, and the American Mission November 4, 2022
Comic heroes were born amidst the tumult of World War II and became pillars of the American century. They reflected the muscular interventionism central to postwar nationalism even as soapy personal dramas internalized an ambiguity toward war, empire, and domestic society felt by writers and their often youthful readership. These seemingly contradictory impulses have defined the comics medium, even as the ubiquity of pulp adventurism in contemporary media drives a new era of US-led cultural globalization. The conference will explore this history by bringing together nationally renowned specialists on foreign affairs and political messaging. It will ask how government priorities shaped four-color responses to global conflicts, and to what extent disruptive events like the Vietnam War challenged their ability to stand for truth, justice, and the American way? Did the late Cold War and 9/11 revive patriotic narratives? And how have multimedia adaptations handled the long evolution of iconic characters while addressing contemporary matters ranging from the War on Terror to new political divisions? These discussions will consider how comics and pulp adventures inform popular narratives of conflict, insecurity, and heroism, and what their long history reveals about cultural attitudes toward U.S. power.
View the full schedule for the November 4 conference here: CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
- "Pulp Empire: The Secret History of Comic Book Imperialism," Paul Hirsch - VIRTUAL Keynote November 3, 2022
This event will be presented via Zoom and is the keynote for the November 4, 2022 conference. Paul will discuss his book Pulp Empire: The Secret History of Comic Book Imperialism (2021, University of Chicago Press).
**Due to health precautions, Paul Hirsch will be unable to join us in Columbus. We are moving his talk to Zoom and will commence our in-person gathering for the conference on November 4th**
- CXC Opening Reception October 7, 2022
CXC attendees and guests are invited to kick off the weekend with our annual Friday party at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, the mecca for cartoons and comic art! Explore our current exhibits, enjoy refreshments, and cheer on your cartoonist colleagues as we give out our annual awards.
Visitors will get to peruse an open-house display of materials in the reading room, and view our current exhibitions in the galleries: STILL…Racism in America: A Retrospective in Cartoons by Brumsic Brandon Jr. and Barbara Brandon-Croft, and Celebrating Sparky: Charles M. Schulz and Peanuts. The Cleveland-based Cliff Habian jazz trio will perform the music of Vince Guaraldi throughout the reception, highlighting the music Guaraldi wrote for the Peanuts television specials.
Don’t miss the award ceremony in our lobby at 6:00pm!
Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) 2022 has over 55 hours of programming beginning Wednesday, October 5. Visit CXC’s website for complete information: https://www.cartooncrossroadscolumbus.org/