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Cartoon Crossroads 2023

September 27, 2023 @ 8:00 am - October 1, 2023 @ 5:00 pm


Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) is excited to announce its featured guests for the 2023 festival running September 27th – October 1st.

“Come Fall in Columbus, everyone who loves cartoons is joyous, because CXC brings the best and the brightest in the fields of animation, comics,  graphic novels, political cartoons and comic strips to our fair city!” said Jeff Smith, co-founder of the festival and creator of Bone, “and this year is going to be star-studded!”

The 9th annual festival will feature:

  • Daniel Clowes, a Harvey, Eisner, Ignatz, and PEN America Literary Award winner best known for Eightball and Ghost World. Clowes will be debuting his long-awaited new GN, Monica, at CXC–the only festival he’ll be attending this year.
  • Raina Telgemeier, cartoonist of the graphic novels Smile, Drama, Sisters, Ghosts and Guts, all #1 New York Times bestsellers. Raina’s appearance at CXC coincides with her retrospective exhibition, Facing Feelings: The Art of Raina Telgemeier, at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.
  • Keito Gaku, traveling from Japan, is artist and author of Boys Run the Riot, a critically lauded manga about a transgender high school boy, inspired by his own life. Gaku-sensei’s appearance at CXC will be his first appearance at a comics event in the United States.
  • Brenda Chapman, the first woman to direct an animated feature from a major studio, DreamWorks Animation’s The Prince of Egypt. She also co-directed and wrote the Disney/Pixar film Brave and worked as a story artist on The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast.
  • Shelly Bond, comic book editor known for her two decades at DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint where she edited Eisner winning titles such as Fables and The Sandman: Overture.
  • John Jennings, Hugo Award Winner and New York Times bestselling author. He is also the editor and curator for MEGASCOPE, an imprint of Abrams focusing on speculative and nonfiction works by and about people of color.
  • And so many more!

Go to this page for the rest of the list!


September 27, 2023 @ 8:00 am
October 1, 2023 @ 5:00 pm
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