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(Aug. 6, 2013)

National Artists, Authors Lead Workshops, Exhibitions at Mix 2013: CCAD's Celebration of Comics 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Aug. 6, 2013)—The art of the comic book and graphic novel will be explored Sept. 27 to Sept. 28 in panels, roundtables and workshops with scholars and artists from across the country as well as Columbus’ thriving comics scene at Mix 2013: CCAD’s Celebration of Comics.

The keynote event at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 features Jeff Smith, author of Bone and RASL, interviewed by Tom Spurgeon of Comics Reporter. Smith's original artwork from RASL will be on exhibit in the Canzani Center Gallery Sept. 5 to Oct. 4 just as the first collection of RASL is released in book form.

The Mix 2013 symposium will include discussions with Smith, Carol Tyler, author of the acclaimed You'll Never Know memoir trilogy, and Jonathan Gayles, Ph.D., who will host a panel following the screening of his award-winning documentary White Scripts and Black Supermen: Black Masculinities in Comic Books. Gayles will be joined by comics-industry veteran writer and editor Tony Isabella.

The complete schedule of panels will be posted online. Themes to be explored in the symposium include:

  • Independent and creator-owned comics publishing in a digital age
  • Representations of race, ethnicity, gender, and disability in comics
  • History, politics, and memory in comics
  • Artistic techniques and strategies
  • Cultural legitimacy and comics' intersections with other art forms
  • International comics

Mix 2013 is offering three workshops with limited seating.

  • 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sept. 27—Practical Advice: A Workshoppy Panel
    • Join cartoonists Lora Innes (The Dreamer), Ian Jay (Ian Jay Super Comics), Joel Jackson (2-Headed Monster Comics), and Disney Animation character designer Chris Oatley as they talk shop about being a professional artist in this pragmatic workshop panel. Limit 20.
  • 1:30 -3:30 p.m. Sept. 27—“Mini-Comics: Pre-production and Reproduction
    • Savannah College of Art and Design professor of sequential art David Allan Duncan leads this hands-on workshop focused on mini-comics. Limit 18.
  • 10-11:30 a.m. Sept. 28 VIPs of Self-Publishing
    • Self-publishing comics creator, Victor Dandridge, heads a forum-style discussion on the practices of self-publishing comic books, from story creation and development to budgeting, production, merchandising and distribution. Limit 20.

The keynote and exhibition are free and open to the public. Symposium panels and workshops are open to symposium registrants only. Registration for the symposium is $35 through Sept. 2, and $50 after.

Mix 2013 is presented with the support of State Auto Insurance Companies.



About CCAD
Columbus College of Art & Design, founded in 1879, is one of the oldest and largest private art and design colleges in the United States with 1,350 undergraduate and graduate students. CCAD offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Fine Arts. Undergraduate students choose from nine majors: photography, industrial design, advertising and graphic design, animation, illustration, fine arts, fashion design, interior design and cinematic arts.