2010 Festival of Cartoon Art

Posted by on March 5th, 2010 at 8:31 AM


One of the myriad pleasures of studying comics here at Ohio State University is the opportunity to work closely with the remarkable folks at the (recently renamed and soon-to-be-rehoused) Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum and to help in the planning for the triennial Festival of Cartoon Art. For those who have never attended, it is not your average con. In fact, it isn’t a con at all: it is a gathering of some of the most exciting people working in all aspects of comics—editorial, webcomics, superhero, alternative, etc—to share their careers and stories with a relatively intimate and deeply appreciative audience of fellow Festival attendees.

This year’s Festival lineup is now ready to go public (and I get a 5-second exclusive, no doubt my last one until the next Festival lineup is announced in 2013.


The 2010 Festival of Cartoon Art
October 14-17, 2010

The tenth triennial Festival of Cartoon Art will take place at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH October 14-17, 2010. The Festival is a unique celebration of cartoons and comics, and their creators. We are pleased to announce this year’s line-up of presenters:

  • Steve Breen
  • Roz Chast
  • Tony Cochran
  • Jan Eliot
  • Matt Groening and Tom Gammill
  • Dave Kellett
  • Paul Levitz
  • Dan Piraro
  • Jen Sorensen
  • James Sturm
  • Michael Tisserand
  • Gene Luen Yang

The Festival will also feature a special tribute panel to Jay Kennedy, the late Editor in Chief of King Features Syndicate. Kennedy was a comics collector and scholar who bequeathed his extraordinary collection of underground comics to the library. Panelists include:

  • Brendan Burford
  • Bill Griffith
  • Matt Groening
  • Patrick McDonnell

In addition, a special event with Art Spiegelman will take place on Sunday, October 17, as part of his residency at the Wexner Center for the Arts.

Two cartoon exhibitions will be on display during the Festival. A retrospective of the work of Billy Ireland, Columbus Dispatch cartoonist from 1898-1935, will be held in the Exhibition Gallery of the spectacular and newly-renovated Thompson Library. Scenes of My Infint-hood: Celebrating the Birth of Krazy Kat will be exhibited in the Cartoon Library & Museum Reading Room Gallery.

The Festival will once again include an academic pre-conference co-sponsored by Project Narrative of The Ohio State University Department of English and the Popular Culture Program of the College of Arts and Sciences. The pre-conference will take place on Thursday, October 14 at the Ohio Union. That evening, all Festival participants are invited to celebrate the 100th birthday of Krazy Kat at a special exhibition reception and birthday party. The reception will be co-sponsored by the Great Lakes Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society.

The Festival is limited to 275 participants. Registration will open on June 1, 2010 and will be available online for the first time. The registration fee will be $125, with an early bird discount of $20 (must register by August 1, 2010). Members of the National Cartoonists Society and the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists will be able to register at the reduced rate of $100 (early bird discount will also apply). The registration fee for students and senior citizens aged 65 and over will be $25 (ID will be required, early bird discount will not apply). The registration fee includes admission to the academic pre-conference, all Festival of Cartoon Art Forum presentations, receptions and special events, complimentary copies of the catalogues for the Billy Ireland and Krazy Kat exhibitions, morning refreshments on both Forum days, and a souvenir tote bag.

The Festival will be co-sponsored by the Wexner Center for the Arts. It is also made possible by the generous support of the National Cartoonists Society Foundation, King Features Syndicate, Milton Caniff Endowment, Mark J. Cohen and Rose Marie McDaniel Endowment, and Mary F. Gau and Kevin Wolf.

For further information, see http://cartoons.osu.edu/fca2010 or contact us at cartoons@osu.edu or 614-292-0538.

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3 Responses to “2010 Festival of Cartoon Art”

  1. Jared Gardner says:

    This afternoon the official website for the Festival launched at:

  2. Gerald says:

    Looks like I wont make it to this event this year, but 2013 looks promising to me.

  3. Jared Gardner says:

    2013 is going to rock!