Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) has announced the programming for its second edition, to be held October 13-16. Expanding from its inaugural 2-day outing, the 2016 show will offer 75 hours of programming. Highights include:
• an evening with Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and generational icon Garry Trudeau in conversation with author Glen David Gold
• a film slate with director Mark Osborne (Kung-Fu Panda, The Little Prince)
• Raina Telgemeier and Jeff Smith in cnversation
• Seth and Ben Katchor in conversation on the 25th anniversary of seminal work by each artist
• A presentation by Ronald Wimberly at CMA/Thurber House on graphic novelists
• a presentation by Academy Award-winning animator and cartoon historian John Canemaker on the work of Winsor McCay
• An academic conference on canon
• the return of the popular peer to peer “talk and teach” classes
• A talk with editorial cartoonist Ann Telnaes
• a state of the industry panel
• Spotlights on on special guests like Sergio Aragones, Carol Tyler and Stan Sakai
• themed presentations on all-ages comics and the new comic book mainstream
• Four hours of classes from instructors supplied by Pittsburgh’s Comics Workbook will be offered as well.
• Gallery shows for CMA (Ronald Wimberly, career-to-date) and CCAD (Nate Powell, March Book 3)
• A Charles Burns presentation, hosted by CCAD
“We’re hoping CXC can become known for the quality of its programming, and this year seems like a major step in that direction,” said Festival President Jeff Smith. “There’s so much I’m personally looking forward to seeing and doing at all the weekend’s venues.”
“Our special guest list is a dream, and we hope our programming throws the spotlight on these great artists in a fun, entertaining and informative way,” said CXC Festival Director Tom Spurgeon.
The events take place all over Columbus. For more information on all CSC activities go to the website.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.