Sol-Con: The Black and Brown Comix Expo 2015

Sol-Con: The Black and Brown Comix Expo 2015

Oct. 1-4 at OSU Hale Hall and other facilities

Inspired by the arrival of CXC, Frederick Aldama from OSU's English Department, along with the school's Office of Diversity and Inclusion, has organized a concurrent comics expo focusing on Latino and African-American creators. Events include film screenings, a youth workshop, a professional development program with Rafael Rosado and writer Jorge Aguirre, and featured presentations with Love and Rockets co-creator Jaime Hernandez and La Cucaracha artist Lalo Alcaraz.

Spotlight Presentation: Bill Griffith

4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2 at the Wexner Center for the Arts

A master in his field and creator of the deeply influential and much-loved strip Zippy the Pinhead, Griffith sits down to discuss his past work and his hot-off-the-presses graphic novel, Invisible Ink: My Mother's Love Affair with a Famous Cartoonist.

A Conversation with Kate Beaton and Craig Thompson

7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2 at the Wexner Center for the Arts

With her collection Step Aside, Pops, currently topping the New York Times graphic novel bestseller list, Beaton's talk with Smith and Thompson, the award-winning author of the new young reader graphic novel Space Dumplins, is one of the hottest tickets of the weekend. The trio will also do a book signing in the Wexner Center Store at 5:30 p.m.

Jeff Smith in Conversation with Francoise Mouly and Art Spiegelman

6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 at Columbus College of Art & Design

Between their work on the groundbreaking comics anthology Raw, Mouly's long stewardship of the extraordinary covers for The New Yorker, and Spiegelman's place as the first comic artist to win a Pulitzer Prize, this is more than a conversation – it's an audience with modern comics royalty.