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September 24, 2019

My Other Job: CXC 2019 Launches Today/Tonight With Strong Affiliated Events; Full Special Guest List


Cartoon Crossroads Columbus will quietly launch its fifth show tomorrow morning, basking in the afterglow of what's become a more active day-before featuring affiliated events from traditional venue partners: an academic conference at the Billy Ireland put together by SOL-CON and featuring luminaries like the great Qiana Whitted, and a conversation between Rafael Rosado and alt-comics legend Jay Stephens at the Gateway Film Center.

Drawing from recent PR, it may be worth noting that CXC added to its June Special Guest list announcement with an array of featured and special guests designed to bolster festival goals and provide a stronger experience to audiences overall. Those arriving Friday to see Dav Pilkey can now stay the weekend and experience panels and signings by Terri Libenson of the strip The Pajama Diaries and the hybrid middle-school series Emmie and Friends.

Newly-arranged guests joining Libenson include Hilary Price (Rhymes With Orange) and political alt-cartoon legend Tom Tomorrow. Both will appear at CXC Expo -- the traditional tables and panels show at the city's Main Library on Saturday; Price will extend her trip into Sunday.

Tomorrow will appear in support of his key, long-running work This Modern World, as a guest of interest to political cartooning fans that may attend the Columbus-based show because of the appearance of special guests Association of American Editorial Cartoonist members in the city for their annual meeting. Tomorrow is also one of the The Nib contributors on-hand to build subscription interest and general financial support for the on-line-into-print effort. The Nib lost their primary funding from First Look Media earlier in 2019. A program will be held at CCAD Saturday Night, September 28, supporting the publication.

CXC has also added three cartoonist hosted by OSU professor Jared Gardner from the growing tradition of graphic medicine: MK Czerwiec, Rachel Lindsay and Georgia Webber. Literary comics fans will get to engage with new entries into the really big books part of the comics publishing world with the addition of three authors turned featured guests promoting new ones: Frank Santoro with his Pittsburgh, Kevin Huizenga and The River At Night, Liana Finck with the impressively titled Excuse Me: Cartoons, Complaints, and Notes to Self -- a book coming out just a year after 2018's Passing For Human. Santoro and Huizenga will be moderated in a panel Saturday, September 28 featuring an exploration of their books moderated by Kurt Ankeny, whose own Pleading With Stars will be at CXC bearing as much new book smell as anything out there. It's going to be a colossal Fall for major new works, and we're happy to be a small part of that.

Mike Mignola also confirmed a second appearance at the show following his keynote address and subsequent signing on Friday. Saturday's appearance will be held at booth 101, an area of the floor hosted by Gib Bickel and Laughing Ogre. Mignola will sign from 3 PM to show's close that evening at 5 PM. He will sign from home or from books bought right there at the Ogre; limit five items. Mr. Mignola's Saturday plans will repeat as its own item later in the week.

CXC runs four days with a focus on panels, presentations and screening its first two, and a Saturday move to our downtown library for an Expo held Saturday and Sunday. Information here. We hope you enjoy the expanded guest list, joining an already-announced group of Dav Pilkey (Friday only), Mike Mignola (Friday-Saturday only), Patrick McDonnell (Saturday-Sunday only), Natasha Alterici, Ho Che Anderson, Robb Armstrong, Hellen Jo, Carta Monir, Mary Fleener, Ezra Claytan Daniels, Ivy Atoms, The Nib, Buki Bodunrin, AAEC, Jaime Hernandez, Terry Moore, P. Craig Russell and Nate Powell.

Cartoon Crossroads Columbus is a 501(c)(3) devoted to artistic expression via cartoon, promoting Columbus as an international arts destination and helping younger generations of cartoonists develop relationships and skill that may assist them in growing as artists through cartoon- and comics-making. Contact for advertising, sponsorship and donorship opportunities. The show is made possible by its volunteers, its guests, its staff, its board, its council, its venue partners, the general comics communities in Columbus and throughout North America, and a modicum of positive thinking.


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