Hey, friends! Fantagraphics will be at Cartoon Crossroads Columbus in Ohio this weekend Sep 30 – Oct 1. Come say hello, and buy some books, and get those books signed by their creators! Here are the deets:
Two outspoken giants of the alt-comics publishing movement, Gary Groth and JC Menu, meet for the very first time. Moderator Tom Spurgeon bears witness.
11:00 AM – 11:50 AM Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch, Room 3-A
The alt-comics legend Peter Bagge of Neat Stuff, Hate and recent biography fame sits down with the Toonseum’s John Kelly for a brisk walk through Bagge’s career. Of special interest is his new biography of Zora Neal Hurston, Fire!! (Drawn and Quarterly), the latest in a series of explorations of the lives of women considered difficult by the men of their time.
Noon – 12:50 PM Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch, Room 2-A
Special guest Leslie Stein is one of the most beloved cartoonists by her peers in the comics-making world, and one of the best-reviewed for her spare but beautiful take on the personal memoir genre. CXC favorite Katie Skelly leapt at the chance to interview Stein, in what should be a high-energy, well-articulated exchange of ideas.
Noon – 12:50 PM Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch, Room 3-A
Three of the best editorial cartoonists in the nation sit down with newspaperman Dan Gearino to talk about the challenges and pressures of cartooning in a time of rolling political turmoil. Signe Wilkinson and Ann Telnaes are Pulitzer winners, and Telnaes won the prestigious Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year in 2017. They join The Columbus Dispatch’s own super-talented Nate Beeler.
2:00 PM – 2:50 PM Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch, Room 3-A
Although they dominate the sales charts and awards programs today, comics about one’s life told with a sophisticated structure or form were never a guaranteed genre of interest. Howard Cruse (Stuck Rubber Baby), Emil Ferris (My Favorite Thing Is Monsters), Mimi Pond (The Customer Is Always Wrong) and Derf Backderf (My Friend Dahmer) are all artists who have scored big with personal stories, and join moderator Tom Spurgeon is taking apart why such books connect with people in comics form.
4:00 PM – 4:50 PM Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch, Room 1-A
Kevin Huizenga is a defining generational talent and the comics author behind groundbreaking series such as Supermonster, Or Else and Ganges. His comics are accessible and intellectually formidable, and he is a constant fixture on best of year lists. Come listen to Jared Gardner throw Huizenga questions about life, process and career.
12:30 PM – 1:20 PM Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch, Room 3-A
Emil Ferris is a phenomenon, stepping forward from behind the curtains of non-creators to drop what will surely be the book of the year: the wonderfully-drawn My Favorite Things Is Monsters. Amy Chalmers digs into what makes Ferris tick, what it’s like for a work you’ve created to see this kind of positive reaction and of course what we might see in next April’s volume 2.
2:30 PM – 3:20 PM Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch, Room 2-A