In-person events return to Cartoon Crossroads Columbus this year

The annual comics festival, which takes place Sept. 30-Oct. 3, will also include an online portion

Andy Downing
Columbus Alive
Cartoon Crossroads Columbus

After pivoting to a fully online model amid the coronavirus in 2020, Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) announced that this year's fest would include a mix of in-person and online programming.

Now in its seventh year, the fest, set to take place Sept. 30-Oct. 3, will feature creators such as: Chris Samnee (Daredevil, Fire Power and Jonna and the Unpossible Monsters), Victoria Jamieson (Roller Girl), Lewis Trondheim (co-founder of the independent publisher L’Association) and Shary Flenniken (Trots and Bonnie), among others to be named.

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In the coming months, organizers will announce which events will be in person and which will take place virtually, along with information on how to view online events. 

“It’s a challenge to plan in our ever changing health and safety environment. We appreciate the flexibility of our guests, presenting partners, donors and audience as we balance our desire for in-person events with proper protocols,” CXC interim executive director Jerzy Drozd said in a press release.

The festival, which will return to a fully in-person model in 2022, also announced the creation of the Tom Spurgeon Award, named after the CXC founding director, who died in 2019. The award will be presented not to a comics creator, but to someone "whose support of cartoonists and cartoon art enhanced the field in a lasting and measurable way," the fest said.

Visit the official CXC website for more information.