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(Sept. 14, 2012)
Editor’s note: Comics 2012 keynote presenter Chris Ware is featured on the 9/17 New Yorker cover, click here to read more.
Three Exhibitions, Comic Marathon, Keynote with Author Chris Ware Highlight CCAD's Study of the Art of the Comic Book, Oct. 3–6
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Sept. 14, 2012)—A symposium for academics and artists, workshops for beginning comics creators, a 24-hour marathon to create a comic book, and the debut of Chris Ware’s much-awaited first graphic novel in five years and three separate exhibitions will take over the Columbus College of Art & Design’s campus Oct. 3 to 6 for Mix 2012: CCAD’s Celebration of Comics.
All exhibitions and Ware’s keynote address are free and open to the public. A full schedule of events and registration for the symposium and workshops ($50) and marathon ($75 per team) are available at www.ccad.edu/events-2012/mix2012.
“This event is really going to reach people from several different aspects of the comics industry,” said Robert Loss, visiting faculty member at CCAD teaching literature and coordinator of the symposium. “When we investigate the art of the comic book, we are not just looking at how that book is drawn. We are exploring how the stories are told, what stories artists and writers choose to tell, and what those stories say about our current culture.”
One of the premier cartoonists on the contemporary comics scene, Ware is the author of Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth, Quimby the Mouse, and the ongoing series Acme Novelty Library. A modern epic, Jimmy Corrigan built new architectures on the comics landscape with its precision, narrative complexity, and inventive use of the comics medium. The recipient of numerous accolades, including multiple Eisner Awards, Ware harmonizes intricate visual design, detailed knowledge of American popular culture and comics history, and deeply humanistic storytelling full of irony and wit.
Ware’s first book in five years, Building Stories, is to be released on Oct. 2 and will be available at the symposium.
Special guests appearing at the event, include: Douglas Wolk, who writes about comics for the New York Times Book Review, Time and Comics Alliance; and Charles Hatfield an associate professor of English at California State University—Northridge specializing in popular culture, media studies, word/image studies, children’s culture, and comics.
The Comics Marathon kicks off at 8 a.m. Oct. 3 across the CCAD campus. Teams of up to four students will create a 24-page comic book from start to finish in 24 hours. Open to college/university students, teams can participate virtually as well.
The following events are free and open to the public:
- 5 p.m. Open House at OSU’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum
- 7 p.m. Keynote Event: "In Conversation with Chris Ware" at CCAD’s Canzani Center Auditorium. Followed by a reception for the three symposium exhibitions
Chris Ware: Jimmy Corrigan
Room, Canzani Center Gallery
Sept. 21 to Oct. 12
Reception following Ware’s symposium keynote address on Oct. 5
Jimmy Corrigan presents original art from the multiple-award-winning novel by Chris Ware, which conveys the nonlinear story of four generations of the fictional Corrigan family. Gallery Hours: Monday, closed; Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, noon–5 p.m. FREE and open to the public.
Results from the Mix 2012 Comics Marathon
Acock Gallery (2nd floor, Canzani Center)
Oct. 5 to 7
Gallery open during symposium hours.
Beyond Words: The Art of the Graphic Novel
Thesis Gallery (CCAD Design Studios on Broad)
Oct. 1 to 19
Beyond Words will feature international graphic novel artists whose work is part of the Belgian private collection of Carl Wyckaert, including Jae Lee, Dave McKean, Alex Ross, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Carol Tyler. Gallery Hours: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
For a complete list of workshop sessions and panelists for the symposium, visit www.ccad.edu/events-2012/mix2012.
Mix 2012 is presented through the support of State Auto Insurance Companies.
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. www.ccad.edu