Arts preview: Five more to see at Cartoon Crossroads Columbus

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A still from Sally Cruikshank's 1975 short film, “Quasi at the Quackadero,” courtesy Sally Cruikshank

Cartoon Crossroads Columbus is a busy weekend, rich with interesting personalities and programs. Here are a few to highlight as you make your weekend plans.

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Sally Cruikshank

Two ducks and a pet robot walk into a psychedelic amusement park. That is the premise of animator and illustrator Sally Cruikshank's 1975 short film, “Quasi at the Quackadero.” The wacky piece was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in 2009 and will be screened with more of the artist's creations at the Wexner Center.

Cruikshank will be present to discuss her career, which also includes work for “Sesame Street,” TV commercials and Hollywood movies. An accomplished painter, she has everything from hipster frogs to snake queens for sale on Etsy. When asked byArt of the Title to give advice to young animators, she stressed the importance of learning code for digital formats.

“And keep drawing!” she added. “It's a very pleasurable thing and it's very exciting to see your drawings move.” —Erica Thompson

Wexner Center for the Arts

7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27

1871 N. High St., Campus

Lynn Johnston

A genuine cartooning legend, Johnston is the Canada-based creator of the syndicated strip “For Better or For Worse.” She was the first woman to receive a Reuben Award for Cartoonist of the Year by the National Cartoonists Society in 1985.

Hidden in Johnston's family-friendly strip, which ran for nearly 30 years from 1979-2008, were some subtle (and not-so-subtle) developments, such as the natural aging of the characters and the 1993 introduction of the first openly gay character in a strip.

Johnston will speak, in conversation with fellow CXC guest Jessica Campbell, on Friday evening at the Wexner Center in a free program. She will also participate in a “Life's Work” panel with Jason Lutes and Jim Woodring on Saturday afternoon at the Main Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. —Jim Fischer

Wexner Center for the Arts

7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28

1871 N. High St., Campus

Main Library

2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29

96 S. Grant St., Downtown

Keiler Roberts

In her autobiographical work, Keiler Roberts provides readers with an intimate, unvarnished peek into the life of a bipolar artist and mother. The pencil-drawn stories are sometimes funny, sometimes melancholy and often both.

Chlorine Gardens, out this month on Koyama Press (a focus of this year's CXC), follows last year's collection from the Chicago artist,Sunburning. In that one, Roberts details a bizarre health scare that affects her senses, making her think an orange tastes like chicken and her hand is 20 percent larger. “I can feel my feet, but they don't seem to be attached,” she explains. Her doctor, though, is hardly comforting. “It's not a brain tumor. Everyone thinks they have a brain tumor,” he says, later adding, “This is odd, but you aren't weird.” He's wrong, of course. Roberts is weird, and delightfully so. —Joel Oliphint

Main Library

11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29

96 S. Grant Ave., Downtown

“Buer's Kiss”

Pittsburgh-based comic artist Carl Antonowicz presents this live performance adaptation of his graphic novel of the same title at OSU's Urban Arts Space on Saturday evening. While not officially a CXC event, this sort-of “satellite” program highlights the citywide nature of the event in how it fosters similar programming.

The story concerns a woman whose life is turned upside-down physically, emotionally and socially.

The presentation features live actors, projections, sound effects and then some (smashed fruit, even). If it's possible to be reverse meta, the repurposed remains of an earlier performance of “Buer's Kiss” was part of the “Disrupting the Narrative” exhibition earlier this year, also at Urban Arts Space.

This presentation coincides with the release of the second volume of the work, which will be available at the venue and at CXC. —Jim Fischer

Urban Arts Space

7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29

50 W. Town St., Downtown

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Olivia Jaimes

In April, Olivia Jaimes took over the iconic, minimalist, 85-year-old comic strip “Nancy.” She's the first female artist to do so, and people have begun flocking to the strip to see Jaimes' updated take on the everyday life of a little girl named Nancy, who now uses a smartphone and references bots and Snapchat.

CXC will host a panel discussion with Jaimes, which is actually a pseudonym, and she aims to keep it that way. According to a post by CXC director Tom Spurgeon onThe Comics Reporter, “Cell phones and recording devices will be collected at the door of Jaimes' Sunday event and returned to their owners afterwards.” —Joel Oliphint

Main Library

3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30

96 S. Grant Ave., Downtown