September 24
Sunday
September 28
Thursday
September 29
Friday
September 30
Saturday
October 1
Sunday

NOTE: Event dates and details are subject to change.

September 24

Sunday's Events

2:00 PM

CXC 2017 Launch Event: Columbus Comics Residency Winner Laura Park In Conversation

Columbus Museum of Art (Ready Room)

Ohio State University's Jared Gardner interviews Columbus Comics Residency winner Laura Park at the Columbus Museum of Art, where Park’s special exhibit is on display. Park is one of the great, facile artists in contemporary comics and a very funny writer. Come acquaint yourself with this remarkable talent and get the week of CXC started right!

September 28

Thursday's Events

10:00 AM
5:00 PM

Billy Ireland CXC Weekend Exhibits

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum

At The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, see two exhibits celebrating our 40th anniversary! Founding Collections: 1977-1987, curated by Lucy Shelton Caswell, highlights the story of the library’s founding and its first decade of collecting, including works from Milton Caniff, Will Eisner, Edwina Dumm, Walt Kelly, and more. Tales From The Vault: 40 Years / 40 Stories, curated by Caitlin McGurk & Jenny Robb, explores 40 stories about fascinating collectors, groundbreaking comics, controversial cartoons, influential characters, innovative cartoonists, and more from 40 years of collecting at The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

10:00 AM
10:50 AM

Talk And Teach Presentation: Steve Hamaker on Computer Coloring

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum (Will Eisner Seminar Room)

CXC’s Talk And Teach program of peer-to-peer presentations kicks off in 2017 with a doozy: world-class colorist (Bone, RASL, Table Titans) and webcomics creator (PLOX) Steve Hamaker provides a computer coloring overview. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Hamaker at work. Introduction by Tom Spurgeon.

11:00 AM
11:50 AM

Talk And Teach Presentation: Dan Gearino on Research Methodology Applied To Comics Industry History

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum (Will Eisner Seminar Room)

Award-winning journalist Dan Gearino discusses his new book Comic Shop: The Retail Mavericks Who Gave Us a New Geek Culture (Swallow Press), and how one dives deep into history that may not always be recorded and might depend heavily on sorting through personal anecdotes, interviews and out-there source material.

2:00 PM
2:50 PM

Talk And Teach Presentation: Kevin Huizenga on Depicting Time In Comics Form

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum (Will Eisner Seminar Room)

One of the great comics-makers of the graphic novel age, cartoonist Kevin Huizenga focuses on one unique aspect of his storytelling: his willingness to negotiate aspects of time by slowing down events, speeding them up and twisting them back on themselves, in a lecture at the heart of the modern art form. Introduced by Jared Gardner.

3:00 PM
3:50 PM

Dana Simpson: Skill Set

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum (Will Eisner Seminar Room)

Dana Simpson has enjoyed one of the great success stories this decade with the newspaper strip and print collection of Phoebe And Her Unicorn. She is also one of the rare cartoonists to make the jump from on-line presentation to the printed form. How did she get there, what does she do that’s special, this focused interview in the Skill Set series get to the heart of what makes Simpson tick. Moderated by Tom Spurgeon.

4:30 PM
6:00 PM

Animated Films From Lilli Carre & Alexander Stewart

The Wexner Center For The Arts (Film/Video Theater)

Acclaimed artist/animators Lilli Carré and Alexander Stewart present a program of their short experimental animations, created both individually and as a team, including Crux Film (2013), Here There (2015), Jill (2016), and Tap Water (2017). Carré and Stewart are cofounders of the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation, and their films have screened around the world. Carré was also the Columbus Museum of Arts’ 2014 Graphic Novelist Resident.

5:00 PM
7:00 PM

SOL-CON 2017 Reception

Hale Hall (MLK Jr. Room)

CXC is proud to partner with the bright, shining lights among the talent line-up of SOL-CON for a third straight year. One of the highlights of the SOL-CON weekend comes early when the guests and organizers meet for a reception. Come mingle with some of the world’s greatest comics makers of today and the future.

7:00 PM
9:00 PM

Ann Marie Fleming introduces her animated film Window Horses

The Wexner Center For The Arts (Film/Video Theater)

Ann Marie Fleming introduces her animated film Window Horses, which tells the funny and poignant story of Rosie (voiced by Sandra Oh), the Canadian daughter of a Chinese mother and Iranian father who miraculously finds herself and her teenage verse invited to an international poetry festival in Tehran. There she connects with people from all over the world, and learns much about her family roots as well as herself. Fleming’s previous work as an animator and cartoonist includes the film The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam (2003) and its graphic novel adaptation. Q&A with Fleming moderated by the Wexner Center’s David Filipi to follow.

September 29

Friday's Events

9:00 AM
9:15 AM

SOL-CON Morning Welcome, Frederick Aldama and John Jennings

Hale Hall

Two comics academic superstars and SOL-CON organizers kick-off the show’s big Friday event schedule with some remarks of their own.

9:30 AM
10:30 AM

SOL-CON Youth Workshops I, II, & III

Hale Hall (Rooms 101, 110a, & 110b)

SOL-CON returns with its well regarded, all ages programming, putting their guests in contact with younger comics-makers on a variety of subjects. In this first group, learn how to create digital art, comics, and flipbooks.

Room 110B: Tim Fielder on Digital Painting and Comics
Room 110A: Malachi Staples and Essence Cartoon on Flip Books
Room 101/Hall of Fame: Rodrigo Vargas and Fernando de Peña will present on Build Your Own Comic.

10:00 AM
7:00 PM

Billy Ireland CXC Weekend Exhibits

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum

At The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, see two exhibits celebrating our 40th anniversary! Founding Collections: 1977-1987, curated by Lucy Shelton Caswell, highlights the story of the library’s founding and its first decade of collecting, including works from Milton Caniff, Will Eisner, Edwina Dumm, Walt Kelly, and more. Tales From The Vault: 40 Years / 40 Stories, curated by Caitlin McGurk & Jenny Robb, explores 40 stories about fascinating collectors, groundbreaking comics, controversial cartoons, influential characters, innovative cartoonists, and more from 40 years of collecting at The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

10:00 AM
4:00 PM

BILLY IRELAND CARTOON LIBRARY & MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE AND TOURS

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum (Lucy Shelton Caswell Reading Room)

Get a behind-the-scenes peek at the greatest cartoon art archive in the world. From 10AM-4PM, the BICLM reading room will host an open house display of treasures from their collections, including works hand-picked by our special guests. Special tours of the archive will leave every hour, on the hour (final tour at 3pm) from the reading room.

10:00 AM
10:50 AM

Talk And Teach Presentation: Leslie Stein on Use Of Watercolors

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum (Will Eisner Seminar Room)

Brooklyn’s Leslie Stein makes comics that combine rueful memoir and occasional light, fantastic elements for publishers like VICE, Fantagraphics and Drawn and Quarterly for several years. She is a favorite of her peers and her audience grows with each collection. One of her comics’ most notable features is their unique use of watercolors combined with spare line-art. She’ll display their use during this presentation. Introduced by Tom Spurgeon.

10:45 AM
11:45 AM

SOL-CON Youth Workshops IV, V, & VI

Hale Hall (Rooms 101, 110a, & 110b)

More workshops for all-ages. Learn how to create zines and comics as well as the basics of animation.

Room 110B: Rafael Rosado presents on DIY Animation.
Room 110A: Theresa Rojas & Crystal Gonzalez on Making Comics.
Room 101/Hall of Fame: Breena Nuñez and Jaime Crespo Discuss How to Make a Zine

11:00 AM
11:50 AM

Signe Wilkinson: Skill Set

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum (Will Eisner Seminar Room)

The great editorial cartoonist Signe Wilkinson sits down to talk about her amazing career to date, and answers directed questions about artistic strengths and professional choices that have made her the artist she is today. Don’t miss a chance to hear from this iconic artist, the first female Pulitzer Prize winner for editorial cartooning. Tom Spurgeon moderates.

Noon
1:00 PM

SOL-CON LUNCH BREAK AND TALK BACK

Hale Hall

Bring your own lunch and catch a panel of Latinx and African American comics creators Kat Fajardo, John Jennings, Jaime Crespo, and Vicko Alvarez discussing the heart of why race matters in all things comics!

1:00 PM
2:00 PM

SOL-CON Youth Workshops VII & VIII

Hale Hall (Rooms 110a & 110b)

A last round of workshops for all-ages, focused on superhero comics and finding your own voice.

Room 110B: Carlos Perez on “Finding Your Style And Voice In Comics.”
Room 110A: “Creating Superhero Comics,” with your guides Albert Morales and JM Hunter.

1:00 PM
2:00 PM

SOL-CON Panel One: Carving Out Expo and Publishing Spaces

Hale Hall (MLK Jr. Room)

SOL-CON kicks off its afternoon series of panels right in the exhibition hall. Come listen to and discuss with artists and industry persons of color on the subject of expo and publishing spaces. Moderator John Jennings will be joined by Jiba Molei Anderson, Chris Escobar, Vicko Alvarez, and Jason Rodriguez.

1:30 PM
2:20 PM

Talk and Teach Presentation, Jamaica Dyer on "Total Madness"

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum (Will Eisner Seminar Room)

Comics veteran Jamaica Dyer takes the stage for her "Total Madness" presentation, which she describes as advice on “Drafting autobiography comics in the heat of the action, what is the window to write with the most passion and clarity, developing an art style that allows you to get your stories done when time is short, and throwing yourself into adventures to live in the moment and get a story.” Dyer will present from current projects in support.

2:15 PM
3:15 PM

SOL-CON Panel II: Fantasy & Fandom

Hale Hall (MLK Jr. Room)

Moderator John Jennings returns for another hour of SOL-CON formal afternoon programming, directing a conversation with guests J-Gonzo, Crystal Gonzalez, Verzelle James, Damian Duffy, and JM Hunter about on all aspects of fantasy and fandom.

3:00 PM
4:30 PM

KEYNOTE: SPOTLIGHT ON CHRIS WARE

The Wexner Center For The Arts (Film/Video Theater)

Chris Ware is the acclaimed cartoonist and creator of ACME Novelty Library, Building Stories, and a New Yorker cover artist. Ware explores his continuing comics work and new art book MONOGRAPH. Moderated by the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum's Caitlin McGurk. The event is free but tickets are required. Visit https://wexarts.org/film-video/chris-ware-book-signing for ticket information.

3:30 PM
4:30 PM

SOL-CON Panel III: Scholars & Artists Unite

Hale Hall (MLK Jr. Room)

Stacy Robinson moderates on the important synergies between the academy and comics of color. J-Gonzo, Danielle Orozco, and Carlos Perez make up this panel.

5:00 PM
6:00 PM

Film Screening And Q+A: Black Scripts, White Supermen

Hale Hall (MLK Jr. Room)

Jonathan Gayles’ challenging, personal film about the depiction of early black superheroes and the growing body of academic support for their study will be shown, with an appearance by the director.

5:00 PM
7:00 PM

The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum 40th Anniversary Reception

The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

Time to celebrate and relax while we welcome you to CXC and the 40th anniversary of the beloved Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. Enjoy snacks, a cash bar and a few surprises. Forty years ago, what is now known affectionately as The Billy, was formed with a modest but striking collection of original art and papers. A dream shared by founding curator Lucy Caswell and an army of supportive co-workers, artists, academics and fans grew, with the end result being perhaps the greatest place in the world for the comics art form. Gather with the current curator Jenny Robb, friends of museum past, present and future for a celebration of all that’s been accomplished and all that’s yet to come. Don’t forget to see the comprehensive exhibit of material from deep within the vaults!

7:00 PM
9:30 PM

My Friend Dahmer Screening with Derf Backderf

The Wexner Center For The Arts (Film/Video Theater)

SPECIAL SNEAK PEEK! International publishing sensation & OSU alumni Derf Backderf presents the brand new film based on his critically acclaimed graphic memoir MY FRIEND DAHMER. Derf will appear after the film for a lively Q & A moderated by the Wexner Center's David Filipi. The event is free but tickets are required. Visit wexarts.org/fv for ticket information.

10:00 PM
Late Evening

CXC After Hours 2017: Friday Party

Brewcadia, 2nd Floor, 467 N High St.

CXC kicks off this year’s series of cartoonist-hosted parties with the great Chip Zdarsky standing tall at downtown’s Brewcadia. Come say to the artist and writer and famously and enjoy the company of dozens of cartoonists an comics-makers here for the show.

September 30

Saturday's Events

9:30 AM
10:30 AM

Comics Workbook Workshop For Exhibitors and Special Guests (Pre-Registered Only)

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch, Homework Help Room

The educational workshops hosted by Pittsburgh’s Comics Workbook focus on visual theory applied in practical fashion to any kind of comics making a cartoonist can imagine and can benefit any way a student of the form might wish to improve. This year’s special host is the remarkable visual talent Connor Willumsen, with guest-star teachers dropping in and out throughout the weekend.

This early edition is limited to special and exhibiting guests of the show that might not be able to attend during the day.

11:00 AM
6:00 PM

CXC Expo and Marketplace

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch, 2nd Floor Reading Room

More than one hundred cartoonists join a dozen comics publishers to take their place behind nearly 100 tables in the library’s glorious Reading Room space, ready to meet their fans and make new ones. Mini-comics, graphic novels, original art, signed works — it’s all there for your buying pleasure in this one-of-a-kind shopping opportunity.

11:00 AM
11:50 AM

Spotlight On Mimi Pond

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch, Room 2-A

Mimi Pond is comics and comedy royalty whose reign stretches back to the 1980s with National Lampoon, Village Voice and a key early role with The Simpsons. Her massive 2017 comics memoir, The Customer Is Always Wrong, continues her exploration of the shifting cultures of her youth that began in the best-selling Over Easy and the way we process people and places both in the moment and long afterward. Come listen to her speak to John Kelly; you won’t forget it.

11:00 AM
11:50 AM

Gary Groth and JC Menu: First Meeting

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch, Room 3-A

Two outspoken giants of the alt-comics publishing movement, Gary Groth and JC Menu, meet for the very first time. Moderator Tom Spurgeon bears witness.

11:30 AM
12:20 AM

Comics Workbook Workshop Featuring Connor Willumsen

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch, Homework Help Room

The educational workshops hosted by Pittsburgh’s Comics Workbook focus on visual theory applied in practical fashion to any kind of comics making a cartoonist can imagine and can benefit any way a student of the form might wish to improve. This year’s special host is the remarkable visual talent Connor Willumsen, with guest-star teachers dropping in and out throughout the weekend. Walk-ins welcome.

Noon
12:50 PM

Milkfed Criminal Masterminds, Inc. (Fraction, Zdarsky, McCubbin, Cox, DeConnick)

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch, Auditorium

The freewheeling crew and jaw-dropping line-up of formidable creators that is Milkfed Criminal Masterminds takes the big stage at CXC for updates on the latest projects from creators like Kelly Sue DeConnick, Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky, on right-now titles such as Sex Criminals, Bitch Planet and Casanova. Not to be missed at any show, it’s our great privilege to host this crew at CXC.

Noon
12:50 PM

Spotlight On Peter Bagge

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch, Room 2-A

The alt-comics legend Peter Bagge of Neat Stuff, Hate and recent biography fame sits down with the Toonseum’s John Kelly for a brisk walk through Bagge’s career. Of special interest is his new biography of Zora Neal Hurston, Fire!! (Drawn and Quarterly), the latest in a series of explorations of the lives of women considered difficult by the men of their time.

Noon
12:50 PM

Leslie Stein In Conversation With Katie Skelly

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch, Room 3-A

Special guest Leslie Stein is one of the most beloved cartoonists by her peers in the comics-making world, and one of the best-reviewed for her spare but beautiful take on the personal memoir genre. CXC favorite Katie Skelly leapt at the chance to interview Stein, in what should be a high-energy, well-articulated exchange of ideas.

12:30 PM
1:20 PM

Comics Workbook Workshop Featuring Connor Willumsen

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch, Homework Help Room

The educational workshops hosted by Pittsburgh’s Comics Workbook focus on visual theory applied in practical fashion to any kind of comics making a cartoonist can imagine and can benefit any way a student of the form might wish to improve. This year’s special host is the remarkable visual talent Connor Willumsen, with guest-star teachers dropping in and out throughout the weekend. Walk-ins welcome.

1:00 PM
5:00 PM

Billy Ireland CXC Weekend Exhibits

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum

At The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, see two exhibits celebrating our 40th anniversary! Founding Collections: 1977-1987, curated by Lucy Shelton Caswell, highlights the story of the library’s founding and its first decade of collecting, including works from Milton Caniff, Will Eisner, Edwina Dumm, Walt Kelly, and more. Tales From The Vault: 40 Years / 40 Stories, curated by Caitlin McGurk & Jenny Robb, explores 40 stories about fascinating collectors, groundbreaking comics, controversial cartoons, influential characters, innovative cartoonists, and more from 40 years of collecting at The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

1:00 PM
1:50 PM

Spotlight On David Mack

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch, Room 1-A

There is no artist in comics history quite like David Mack, a painter with a formal understanding of the comics medium that allows him to create arresting images without losing the flow of constant visual information to which comics has been long accustomed. In Columbus for the opening of a performance piece based on his Kabuki work. Join Tom Spurgeon in paying special tribute to this unique artist via a rigorous Q+A.

1:00 PM
1:50 PM

Spotlight On Tillie Walden

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch, Room 2-A

The most fought-over panel subject by this year’s moderator list, Jared Gardner of Ohio State University won the right to interview this budding comics superstar. Walden is touring behind her memoir of a life in competitive skating, Spinning, and between that book’s completion and release finished a massive on-line work, On A Sunbeam. Drawing talents like Walden come once every 20 years, and it’s our great honor to have her at CXC at this point in what is already a formidable career.

1:00 PM
1:50 PM

SOL-CON One: Comics And Community (Rojas, Hidalgo, Escobar, Staples, Mapache Studios, Duffy)

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch, Room 3-A

In the first of three spotlight panels featuring our exhibiting guests from SOL-CON, moderator Tim Fielder talks with panel participants Damian Duffy, Chris Escobar, Leigh Anna Hidalgo Malachi Staples and Mapache Studios about the role that community can play in supporting and facilitating one’s efforts in comics.

1:30 PM
2:20 PM

Comics Workbook Workshop Featuring Connor Willumsen

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch, Homework Help Room

The educational workshops hosted by Pittsburgh’s Comics Workbook focus on visual theory applied in practical fashion to any kind of comics making a cartoonist can imagine and can benefit any way a student of the form might wish to improve. This year’s special host is the remarkable visual talent Connor Willumsen, with guest-star teachers dropping in and out throughout the weekend. Walk-ins welcome.

2:00 PM
2:50 PM

Criminals (Zdarsky, Fraction)

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch, Room 1-A

Creators Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky of the breakout hit Sex Criminals sit down with moderator Christian Hoffer for questions about the series’ eventual conclusion, the community that’s sprung up around the title, and where this title sits in the constellation of each author’s diverse and active creative portfolios.

2:00 PM
2:50 PM

Judd Winick And Hilo (Winick, Hamaker)

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch, Room 2-A

Judd Winick has had one of the most varied careers of his generation of comics-makers: from comics memoir (Pedro & Me) to alt-comics humor (The Adventures Of Barry Ween, Boy Genius) to years of well-regarded mainstream comics scripting on a variety of titles, to the kids series Hilo, which is his current concern. Moderator Tom Spurgeon wants to talk about it all, beginning and ending with the latest series. Special guest star: Hilo colorist Steve Hamaker.

2:00 PM
2:50 PM

Cartooning In The Time Of Trump (Wilkinson, Telnaes, Beeler)

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch, Room 3-A

Three of the best editorial cartoonists in the nation sit down with newspaperman Dan Gearino to talk about the challenges and pressures of cartooning in a time of rolling political turmoil. Signe Wilkinson and Ann Telnaes are Pulitzer winners, and Telnaes won the prestigious Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year in 2017. They join The Columbus Dispatch's own super-talented Nate Beeler.

2:30 PM
3:20 PM

Comics Workbook Workshop Featuring Connor Willumsen

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch, Homework Help Room

The educational workshops hosted by Pittsburgh’s Comics Workbook focus on visual theory applied in practical fashion to any kind of comics making a cartoonist can imagine and can benefit any way a student of the form might wish to improve. This year’s special host is the remarkable visual talent Connor Willumsen, with guest-star teachers dropping in and out throughout the weekend. Walk-ins welcome.

3:00 PM
3:50 PM

The Other Mainstream: Indy Creators On Non-Indy Books (Smith, Bagge, Baker, Willumsen)

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch, Room 1-A

Jeff Smith, Peter Bagge, Kyle Baker and Connor Willumsen have a lot in common as expectation-shattering cartoonists best known for their own creations, but all of also worked on mainstream comics characters like Shazam!, Punisher and Plastic Man. John Kelly from the Toonseum teases details about these sometimes strange-fit projects from our esteemed panel.

3:00 PM
3:50 PM

Spotlight on Howard Cruse

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch, Room 2-A

One of the icons of the underground comix movement, Howard Cruse is a revered cartoonist and editor with special meaning to the development of gay comics. Join moderator Tom Spurgeon and Cruse as they move through Cruse’s formidable list of career highlights, including Stuck Rubber Baby!

3:00 PM
3:50 PM

SOL-CON Two: What About Gender and Sexuality In POC Comics (Anderson, Fajardo, Fernandez, Jennings, Nunez, Vicko)

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch, Room 3-A

An all star line-up of SOL-CON guests including CXC special guest Kat Fajardo dig into the issues surrounding gender and sexuality in POC Comics. Expect a forthright and free-wheeling conversation of the kind that may spill over into the rest of the show from Fajardo, Kelly Fernandez, Vicko, Jiba Molei Anderson, John Jennings and Breena Nunez. Moderated by J Gonzo.

3:30 PM
4:20 PM

Comics Workbook Workshop Featuring Connor Willumsen

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch, Homework Help Room

The educational workshops hosted by Pittsburgh’s Comics Workbook focus on visual theory applied in practical fashion to any kind of comics making a cartoonist can imagine and can benefit any way a student of the form might wish to improve. This year’s special host is the remarkable visual talent Connor Willumsen, with guest-star teachers dropping in and out throughout the weekend. Walk-ins welcome.

4:00 PM
4:50 PM

Comics Memoir (Cruse, Ferris, Pond, Derf)

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch, Room 1-A

Although they dominate the sales charts and awards programs today, comics about one’s life told with a sophisticated structure or form were never a guaranteed genre of interest. Howard Cruse (Stuck Rubber Baby), Emil Ferris (My Favorite Thing Is Monsters), Mimi Pond (The Customer Is Always Wrong) and Derf Backderf (My Friend Dahmer) are all artists who have scored big with personal stories, and join moderator Tom Spurgeon is taking apart why such books connect with people in comics form.

4:00 PM
4:50 PM

Spotlight on Ann Nocenti

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch, Room 2-A

An icon as an editor and writer of Marvel Comics’ second glory period in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, Ann Nocenti is a near-legendary presence in the lives of the generation assuming stewardship of the comics industry. Her life outside of comics seems just as interesting. Come see Nocenti in advance of her appearance at CCAD later this day. Moderated by Sean Ford.

4:00 PM
4:50 PM

Spotlight on Christopher Sprouse

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch, Room 3-A

An A-list comics illustrator who has partnered with some of the most impressive literary talent in the medium’s history, Chris Sprouse talks to moderator Dan Gearino about his intriguing career, defined by high-profile projects. What’s past, what’s on right now and how things might develop down the line, Sprouse’s contributions have remained at a consistent high level and should stay there.

4:30 PM
5:30 PM

Comics Workbook Workshop Featuring Connor Willumsen

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch, Homework Help Room

The educational workshops hosted by Pittsburgh’s Comics Workbook focus on visual theory applied in practical fashion to any kind of comics making a cartoonist can imagine and can benefit any way a student of the form might wish to improve. This year’s special host is the remarkable visual talent Connor Willumsen, with guest-star teachers dropping in and out throughout the weekend. Walk-ins welcome.

8:00 PM
9:30 PM

Saturday Night At CCAD (With Nilah Magruder, Kelly Sue DeConnick, and Ann Nocenti)

Columbus College of Art & Design

The new major in comics at Columbus College Of Art & Design emphasizes not just the art of the form but the writing. Three great comics-makers with experience in that element of the form provide our Saturday night event for 2017! Moderator Laurenn McCubbin welcomes Kelly Sue DeConnick, one of the strongest voices to emerge this century; Nilah Magruder, an award-winning young cartoonists with both writing and art experience; and legendary mainstream writer Ann Nocenti to the stage for a charged discussion.

10:00 PM
Late Evening

CXC After Hours 2017: Saturday Night Party

Shadowbox Live! 503 S Front St #260

Our second after-hours, cartoon-hosted event roars to life at Columbus performance arts hotspot Shadowbox Live! Legendary webcomics maker and chronicler of young persons’ lives Meredith Gran is host, with a special appearance by David Mack, whose graphic novel Kabuki: Circle Of Blood has been adapted to the Shadowbox stage!

October 1

Sunday's Events

Noon
5:00 PM

CXC Expo and Marketplace

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch

Five more hours with a curated group of one hundred cartoonists and a dozen comics publishers behind nearly 100 tables in the library’s glorious Reading Room space, ready to sell you their art and thank you while doing so. Mini-comics, graphic novels, original art, signed works — it’s all there for your buying pleasure in this one-of-a-kind shopping opportunity.

Noon
12:50 PM

Comics Workbook Workshop Featuring Connor Willumsen

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch, Homework Help Room

The educational workshops hosted by Pittsburgh’s Comics Workbook focus on visual theory applied in practical fashion to any kind of comics making a cartoonist can imagine and can benefit any way a student of the form might wish to improve. This year’s special host is the remarkable visual talent Connor Willumsen, with guest-star teachers dropping in and out throughout the weekend. Walk-ins welcome.

12:30 PM
1:20 PM

Spotlight on Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch, Room 1-A

The popular creator behind the Lunch Lady series and the current artist of the Jedi Academy books, Jarrett J. Krosoczka is also a world-class speaker and TED talk veteran. His speech on Sunday morning kicks off three hours of focused panels for kids.

12:30 PM
1:20 PM

Spotlight on Kyle Baker

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch, Room 2-A

From the groundbreaking graphic novels from The Cowboy Wally Show and Why I Hate Saturn to his long line of idiosyncratic and beautifully drawn stand-alone graphic novels to his occasional dip into mainstream comics projects to his skill as an animator and illustrator: Kyle Baker has had the career of a half-dozen talented cartoonists and the best is yet to come. Come explore the highlights in this focused panel.

12:30 PM
1:20 PM

Spotlight On Kevin Huizenga

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch, Room 3-A

Kevin Huizenga is a defining generational talent and the comics author behind groundbreaking series such as Supermonster, Or Else and Ganges. His comics are accessible and intellectually formidable, and he is a constant fixture on best of year lists. Come listen to Jared Gardner throw Huizenga questions about life, process and career.

1:00 PM
5:00 PM

Billy Ireland CXC Weekend Exhibits

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum

At The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, see two exhibits celebrating our 40th anniversary! Founding Collections: 1977-1987, curated by Lucy Shelton Caswell, highlights the story of the library’s founding and its first decade of collecting, including works from Milton Caniff, Will Eisner, Edwina Dumm, Walt Kelly, and more. Tales From The Vault: 40 Years / 40 Stories, curated by Caitlin McGurk & Jenny Robb, explores 40 stories about fascinating collectors, groundbreaking comics, controversial cartoons, influential characters, innovative cartoonists, and more from 40 years of collecting at The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

1:00 PM
1:50 PM

Comics Workbook Workshop Featuring Connor Willumsen

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch, Homework Help Room

The educational workshops hosted by Pittsburgh’s Comics Workbook focus on visual theory applied in practical fashion to any kind of comics making a cartoonist can imagine and can benefit any way a student of the form might wish to improve. This year’s special host is the remarkable visual talent Connor Willumsen, with guest-star teachers dropping in and out throughout the weekend. Walk-ins welcome.

1:30 PM
2:20 PM

Comics Are For Kids: Straight From The Creators’ Mouths (Magruder, Maihack, Winick, Simpson)

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch, Room 1-A

Four of the best current creators for all-ages work assemble for a panel of practical advice for both kids and those that wish to create for them. Nilah Magruder (MFK), Mike Maihack (Cleopatra In Space), Judd Winick (Hilo) and Dana Simpson (Phoebe And Her Unicorn) should between them provide a comprehensive education for approaches, strategies, and reasons for success in comics’ fastest-growing category! Moderated by Jeff Smith!

1:30 PM
2:20 PM

Webcomics Now (Gran, Hamaker, Walden)

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch, Room 2-A

This is the year that many in the future might remember for Meredith Gran finishing her long, on-line serial Octopus Pie and collecting it in comprehensive trade form. Gran is joned by devoted web cartoonist Steve Hamaker (PLOX) and prodigy Tillie Walden (On A Sunbeam) to discuss issue and implications involved in creating for an on-line readership.

1:30 PM
2:20 PM

SOL-CON Three: Creators Of Color & Industry (Hunter, Perez, Morales, James)

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch, Room 3-A

Today’s special panel featuring the esteemed creators of this weekend’s sees moderator Crystal Gonzalez lead J.M. Hunter, Carlos Perez, Albert Morales and Verzelle James in a conversation about comics as it relates to industry. How are the business aspects of comics best negotiated, and is there a limit as to what creators of color might expect from established industry players?

2:00 PM
2:50 PM

Comics Workbook Workshop Featuring Connor Willumsen

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch, Homework Help Room

The educational workshops hosted by Pittsburgh’s Comics Workbook focus on visual theory applied in practical fashion to any kind of comics making a cartoonist can imagine and can benefit any way a student of the form might wish to improve. This year’s special host is the remarkable visual talent Connor Willumsen, with guest-star teachers dropping in and out throughout the weekend. Walk-ins welcome.

2:30 PM
3:20 PM

Kids Comics Signapalooza

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch, Room 1-A

Everybody come on down! More than a half dozen all-ages comics creators with twice that number between them in hit books spread out in the library’s downstairs area for a good old-fashioned group sign. Jeff Smith, Jarrett Krosoczka, Mike Maihack, Nilah Magruder, Dana Simpson, and Judd Winick are on hand to meet fans, sign books and have a great time!

2:30 PM
3:20 PM

Spotlight on Emil Ferris

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch, Room 2-A

Emil Ferris is a phenomenon, stepping forward from behind the curtains of non-creators to drop what will surely be the book of the year: the wonderfully-drawn My Favorite Things Is Monsters. Amy Chalmers digs into what makes Ferris tick, what it’s like for a work you’ve created to see this kind of positive reaction and of course what we might see in next April’s volume 2.

2:30 PM
3:20 PM

Spotlight on Kat Fajardo

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch, Room 3-A

The promising cartoonist Kat Fajardo stops by a panel room on her way out of town to discuss her young career, her community-minded comics and all of the people she’s met in various corners of the wider world of comics. Moderator Tom Spurgeon digs into the early works by this potential comics lifer.

3:00 PM
3:50 PM

Comics Workbook Workshop Featuring Connor Willumsen

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch, Homework Help Room

The educational workshops hosted by Pittsburgh’s Comics Workbook focus on visual theory applied in practical fashion to any kind of comics making a cartoonist can imagine and can benefit any way a student of the form might wish to improve. This year’s special host is the remarkable visual talent Connor Willumsen, with guest-star teachers dropping in and out throughout the weekend. Walk-ins welcome.

7:00 PM
10:00 PM

Thank-You Volunteers Party And After-Show

Pins Mechanical, 141 N 4th St.

CXC wouldn’t happen without its volunteers. Come join us at weekend’s end for a unique thank-you celebration starring this special group, our third and final cartoonist-hosted, after-hours event. This time it’s Evan Dorkin and Sarah Dyer serving as our hosts, in a classic games-oriented spaces that’s taken Columbus by storm! We’ll see next year! Thank you and good night!