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Registration for Festival of Cartoon Art is August 15

The triennial Festival of Cartoon Art at Ohio State University is opening registration on August 15. The festival will be held November 14-17th. It is also the grand opening of their Sullivant Hall. Registration is $75. It is a limited seating event, so register now.

About the Festival (from Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum):

A two-day academic symposium will kick off the Festival on Thursday and Friday, November 14th and 15th, including a keynote address by American media and popular culture scholar Dr. Henry Jenkins. Panels at the conference will focus on the strengths and special features of the Cartoon Library?s unparalleled collection. The academic conference is organized by Professor Jared Gardner and is co-sponsored by OSU?s Popular Culture Program and Project Narrative.

A special program and ribbon-cutting party are planned for Friday night, November 15th. The program will feature a conversation with two Ohio State alumni who both have new graphic novels debuting this fall: Jeff Smith and Paul Pope.

Our Festival Forum will take place on Saturday and Sunday, November 16th and 17th, and will feature presentations by talented creators including Brian Bassett, Matt Bors, Eddie Campbell, Kazu Kibuishi, and Stephan Pastis. In addition, Jeff Smith will introduce a program of Looney Tunes to celebrate the 75th birthday of Bugs Bunny. The forum will also feature a screening of the documentary, Stripped, which will be introduced by its directors Dave Kellett and Fred Schroeder and will be followed by a Q&A with them and several of the cartoonists featured in the film: Dylan Meconis, Patrick McDonnell, and Hilary Price.

An Evening with the Hernandez Brothers: An Office of Diversity and Inclusion Distinguished Lecture Series Event: A conversation with Love and Rockets creators Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez will take place on Saturday night, co-sponsored by the Wexner Center for the Arts and the Ohio State University Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

There is a lot more going on that weekend. Be sure to check out their website for the additional details.

Community Comments

#1 Eddie Pittman
August/8/2013
@ 7:14 pm

It was a great time three years ago ? really looking forward to it this time around. One of the biggest revelations for me was what an amazing cartoonist (artist) Billy Ireland was! Had he decided to leave Columbus for New York, he would have been remembered and revered nationally as much as Winsor Mccay is today. I can’t wait to see his originals again!

#2 Andrew Caddell
August/9/2013
@ 1:46 pm

Wow, it’s been 3 years already? Geez Louise!!! The festival in 2010 was great!!! Met Matt Groening among others. Truly inspiring festival!!! Can’t wait for November!!! :)

#3 Paul Fell
August/10/2013
@ 9:23 am

The Ohio State festival is, in its own way, the greatest gathering of cartoonists in the nation. The speakers and panels are always great and there’s lots of time to catch up with old friends in the business as well as meet new folks. This is not to be missed!

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