Monday, October 1, 2007

Festival of Cartoon Art

According to the OSU Cartoon Research Library site, the ninth triennial Festival of Cartoon Art, October 26-27, 2007, will focus on the art of graphic storytelling. The year 2007 marks the centennial of the birth of master storyteller Milton Caniff, whose papers and art formed the founding collection of the Cartoon Research Library. The conference will begin with a celebration of Caniff's life and legacy. Leading contemporary cartoonists will then explore the craft of storytelling in newspapers, comic books, and graphic novels throughout the two-day festival.

The Festival of Cartoon Art, held triennially since 1983, features two days of lectures, panel discussions, exhibitions, receptions and other special events. Some of the nations leading cartoonists have spoken at the festival, including Lynda Barry, Milton Caniff, Will Eisner, Jules Feiffer, Ben Katchor, Patrick Oliphant, Arnold Roth, Jeff Smith, Art Spiegelman, Garry Trudeau and Bill Watterson, just to name a few. This year's featured speakers are:
  • Jessica Abel creator of Artbabe and La Perdida
  • Nick Anderson editorial cartoonist for the Houston Chronicle
  • Alison Bechdel cartoonist of Dykes to Watch Out For and Fun Home
  • Ray Billingsley creator of the comic strip Curtis
  • Guy Delisle is the author of Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea and Shenzhen: A Travelogue from China
  • Jules Feiffer won the Pulitzer Prize in editorial cartooning in 1986
  • Gary Groth co-founder of Fantagraphics Books
  • R.C. Harvey Cartoonist and author of Meanwhile: A Biography of Milton Caniff
  • Mike Peters creator of Mother Goose and Grimm and editorial cartoonist for the Dayton Daily News
  • Peter Poplaski authored The Sketchbook Adventures of Peter Poplaski and edited Steve Canyon Magazine
  • Ted Rall columnist and syndicated editorial cartoonist
  • Arnold Roth award-winning cartoonist
  • P. Craig Russell author of more than eighty titles including Conan and the Jewels of Gwahlur
  • Diana Schutz Senior Editor at Dark Horse Comics
  • Mark Siegel Editorial Director of First Second Books
  • Frank Stack creator of what many consider to be the first underground comic book, The Adventures of Jesus
  • Brian Walker author of several books on comics history including Masters of American Comics
  • Mort Walker creator of Beetle Bailey, Hi and Lois and six other comic strips
The 2007 Festival of Cartoon Art will be held at The Columbus Renaissance Hotel located in downtown Columbus. Space is still available, but you'll need to register soon!


Bob Andelman said...

You might enjoy this Mr. Media podcast interview with cartoonist Jules Feiffer, who talks about the new collection of his comic strips from the Village Voice, getting his start with Will Eisner on The Spirit, his plays (Little Murders), his movies (Carnal Knowledge, Popeye), the Disney musical adaptation of The Man in the Ceiling, and his forthcoming memoirs.

Max Ink said...


Thanks for the link, the podcast! I'm gonna definitely have to get "Explainer!" Sadly, Mr. Feiffer was unable to attend last year's Festival of Cartoon Art-- maybe in 2010.