Beginning on Thursday, Sept. 28, Cartoon Crossroads Columbus hits town for four days of comics-related entertainment, with programs running the gamut from keynote talks to film screenings (the Columbus premiere of “My Friend Dahmer,” adapted from the Derf Backderf graphic novel). To help you prepare, Alive staffers profiled visiting CXC artists, as well as some locals not affiliated with the event in an official capacity, such as Sophie Harpo, who brings a colorful eye to the Columbus comics scene year-round. Read on to see some of what we're excited to check out.

Cartoon Crossroads: Dana Simpson talks perseverance, confidence and unicorns Cartoon Crossroads: Derf Backderf Cartoon Crossroads: Laura Park Cartoon Crossroads: Sophie Harpo blurs real and imagined worlds Cartoon Crossroads Staff Pick: Billy Ireland Cartoon Library turns 40 Cartoon Crossroads Staff Pick: Chris Ware Keynote Spotlight at the Wex Cartoon Crossroads Staff Pick: Sol-Con: The Brown and Black Comix Expo