Beloved comics, art and animation festival Cartoon Crossroads Columbus is going virtual this year. Here are five things to pencil in from today through Sunday, Oct. 4.
Weekend Kickoff Reception at Billy Ireland
Normally, CXC would begin the festivities with a reception at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, but since gathering in person isn’t possible, Billy curators Jenny Robb and Caitlin McGurk have recruited some of the biggest names in comics to talk about their favorite treasures in the museum’s vault via Zoom. Featured cameos include Gene Luen Yang, Laura Park, Art Spiegelman, Garry Trudeau, Mo Willems, Raina Telgemeier, Barbara Brandon-Croft, Hilary Price and Bill Watterson. Plus, cartoonists Jeff Smith, Kate Beaton, Keith Knight and Fabio Moon will participate in “Paper Charades,” an interactive, Pictionary-like game. The reception begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2. Register here.
Gene Luen Yang
In 1946, on a Superman radio show, the Man of Steel defended a Chinese-American family from the Klan. “This story made me love Superman because I realized that he is the product of two different cultures, just like me,” said Gene Luen Yang in a recent trailer for “Superman Smashes the Klan,” a new graphic novel written by Yang, who will deliver the CXC keynote address at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2. Yang is a don’t-miss speaker. He’s the Library of Congress’ fifth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, and his first graphic novel, American Born Chinese, was a National Book Award finalist and the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award. In 2016, he was a MacArthur Foundation Fellow.
Catch her tonight (Thursday, Oct. 1) at 7 p.m., and again on Saturday at 3 p.m., but read Andy Downing’s feature about the cartoonist first.
Remember the “Seinfeld” episode when Elaine goes on a mission to find out the meaning of a New Yorker cartoon, eventually confronting the editor in his office? Well, chances are, New Yorker cartoon editor Emma Allen has almost certainly heard about it way too often, so don’t expect it to come up in conversation at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 4, when Allen will join cartoonists Liz Montague, Roz Chast and Amy Hwang to talk about their work with moderator Jenny Robb, followed by a Q&A, during which I would recommend not bringing up the “Seinfeld” thing, no matter how much you really, really want to bring up the “Seinfeld” thing.
Booth, a Baltimore-via-Philadelphia painter and cartoonist, was this year’s recipient of the Columbus Comics Residency through the Columbus Museum of Art, which is exhibiting her paintings, enlarged reproductions and clothing. “A lot of my work is about living with chronic anxiety and depression. Taking the parts of my life that leave me feeling hopeless or out of control, and being able to turn them into something sort of silly through painting, helps to transform some of my negative emotions,” Booth said in an interview with It’s Nice That. On Sunday, Oct. 4, at 11 a.m., CXC will feature Booth in conversation with Jared Gardner, director of Pop Culture Studies at Ohio State.