ICAF 2014 in Columbus

What a weekend for comics in Columbus! The 17th International Comic Arts Forum held at The Ohio State University was a rousing success, and maybe, just maybe, it’ll be remembered as a defining moment in the field of comics studies.

Why? The formation of The Comics Studies Society, for starters. The unveiling of Cartoon Crossroads Columbus. (More info on both soon.) Provocative artists talks by Phoebe Gloeckner (see below), Dash Shaw, and interviews with the Finnish cartoonist Hanneriina Moisseinen, Carol Tyler and Justin Green (a rare treat), and Columbus’ own Jeff Smith. Thoughtful presentations by more than 40 comics scholars. The sheer beauty of The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum. Oh, yes, and a powerful celebration of the comics memoir March with its author Congressman John Lewis and his collaborators Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell.

We’re still reeling from all of that excellence, so we’ll have more updates in the next few days. If you want to check out photos from the multitude of ICAF events this weekend, visit the Flikr album of the conference, courtesy of Jared Gardner.

Phoebe Gloeckner

More to come!

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International Comic Arts Forum @ OSU 11/13-15


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Jeff Smith on Will Eisner @ the Billy


The exhibit, curated by Caitlin McGurk and some guy, will be open for a public reception from 6 – 7:30pm

Following the reception, join us at 7:30pm in the Jean and Charles Schulz Lecture Hall for WILL EISNER’S LIFE AND LEGACY – Jeff Smith, creator of the best-selling graphic novel Bone and friend of Will Eisner’s, will discuss Eisner’s career and its impact.


For more information on the exhibit, visit http://cartoons.osu.edu/events/will-eisner-75-years-of-graphic-storytelling/10659059_752640124771950_6644630018442343934_o

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Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky at the Ogre

I am going to assume everyone know that Fraction and Zdarsky, the team behind Sex Criminals, are in town presenting at CCAD tomorrow. If you don’t already know that, scroll down a couple of messages and read all the lovely details (and/or check out the Facebook page for the event)

But wait! There’s more!

On Saturday October 25th,  Fraction and Zdarsky will appear for a signing at The Laughing Ogre from 3:30-6:30pm. The Ogre is located at 4258 N. High St. in Columbus. But you knew that, right?

For that Facebook page for the signing, go here. Now!


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New Nix Comics Kickstarter

Local publisher Nix Comics has launched a new Kickstarter campaign to fund 1) a collected edition of Darren Merinuk’s Rockin’ Bones comics in Nix’s signature pocket TPB size, and 2) the Pander Bear: I Want You To Want Nix Comic and Record Set.

According to the site, “Merinuk’s Rockin’ Bones comics, rife with pin-up girls, monsters and greasy rock idols, are inspired by inspired by Cramps records, b-movies and teenage humor mags, are a lost gem of the 90s B&W comic explosion.”  Fans of Nix already know Pander Bear is the playful spokesperson for Nix and a metacommentary on marketing and self-promotion. But now you get music.

Visit the Kickstarter page here.


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Matt Fraction/Chip Zdarsky: Craft Yr Hustle at CCAD

Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky: no pair of names strikes as much fear into the hearts of puritans everywhere. Their successful, smart romp–yes, romp–of a comic, Sex Criminals, is rewriting what we can expect from comics in 2014, and they’ll visit Columbus College of Art and Design next week to discuss their craft and their hustle.

Sex Criminals, published by Image, documents the exploits of an altruistic man and woman who stop time when they orgasm. Written by Fraction (Casanova, The Invincible Iron Man, Hawkeye) and illustrated by Zdarsky (Prison Funnies, former mayoral candidate for the city of Toronto), Sex Criminals won a 2014 Eisner Award for Best New Series.

Following up on this spring’s Craft Your Hustle event, CCAD presents this intimate discussion with the writer/illustrator team on Thursday, Oct. 23, beginning at 7pm in the Canzani Auditorium. Afterward, you can mingle with the guys at a reception held in CCAD’s MindMarket.

Check it out on Facebook here. But wait, is there a signing…?


Yes, there’s a signing…


Fraction and Zdarsky (in costume or not) will appear for a signing at The Laughing Ogre on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 3:30-6:30pm. The Ogre is located at 4258 N. High St. in Columbus. For that Facebook page, go here now.

The duo will also visit CCAD’s Comics and Narrative Illustration class, a writing workshop for student cartoonists.




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Marjane Satrapi Visits CCAD Next Week

Graphic novelist, filmmaker, activist: Marjane Satrapi is a compelling, important figure on the world stage. She’ll visit Columbus College of Art and Design next Tuesday, Oct. 21 to discuss her influential graphic memoir Persepolis, its film adaptation, and other recent works including the film The Voices.

For more information on the event, click here. EDIT: Here’s the Facebook page for the event.


Persepolis is one of the most influential graphic memoirs of the past two decades and the winner of numerous prizes. Its film adaptation, co-written and co-directed by Satrapi with Vincent Paronnaud, won the Jury Prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. Satrapi has also adapted her comic Chicken with Plums into a film. More recently, she directed the film The Voices, starring Ryan Reynolds and Anna Kendrick, which debuted at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The screenplay was written by Columbus-born writer Michael R. Perry.

Satrapi will be interviewed by Ohio State professor Jared Gardner. Persepolis is the common reader this semester for CCAD freshmen. Arrive early for this FREE event!

When: Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6:30pm

Where: Canzani Center, on the campus of Columbus College of Art and Design


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Columbus cartoonists Max Ink and Liz Valasco teamed up to create Super Zombie Girl and you can get your copy, along with Max’s Blink comics, in the Indiegogo. Max is currently working on a fabulous diary comic, Thinklings, featuring some guy named Max and the awesome women from Blink (watch this space for an interview with Max about the series in the not-too-distant future) which you can follow at http://maxink.tumblr.com/tagged/thinklings. But first, support this worthy local-comics cause so that Max can pay his rent and get back to making comics!



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Comics’ newest supergroup is going on tour, and stopping in Columbus, OH!


Join us for an evening of comic readings, book signings and booze at Kafe Kerouac with Australian cartoonist Simon Hanselmann on tour with his new graphic novel MEGAHEX, Michael DeForge debuting Lose #6, and Patrick Kyle touring Distance Mover!

Simon Hanselmannhttp://girlmountain.tumblr.com/
Michael DeForgehttp://michaeldeforge.wordpress.com/
Patrick Kylehttp://www.patrickkyle.com/

Doors at 7PM
Projected-comics readings begin at 8PM


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