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Mix 2013

CCAD's Celebration of Comics

Sept. 27–28

Sept. 27: keynote guest, Jeff Smith

Location: CCAD Campus


  • General Admission: $35 (early-bird registration through Sept. 2, $50 after Sept. 2)
  • Student Admission $10 (any undergraduate college student, must have a current student ID)
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Mix 2013 is Columbus College of Art & Design’s second annual symposium and exhibition dedicated to the diverse art form of comics. Registration covers two days of panels, workshops, a film screening, and reserved seating for Jeff Smith's keynote address.

Jeff Smith, award-winning creator of Bone and RASL, will present the keynote on Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. Smith's keynote event is a conversation with Tom Spurgeon of The Comics Reporter. The keynote is free and open to the public, however, reserved seating will be provided to paid Mix 2013 registrants. Jeff Smith's exhibition of work from RASL is free and open to the public as is an exhibition of work from Gary Panter.

The symposium requires advance registration.

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Schedule at a Glance

Please Note: Workshops are optional but have limited seating. Attendees must sign up for workshops when registering. Symposium panels and presentations are open seating. Download a detailed schedule (pdf) with featured guest bios.

Friday, Sept. 27

8 a.m. Registration check-in (coffee & tea available)
9 a.m. Welcome remarks
9:15–10:45 a.m. Session 1 (choose a panel)
Women and Culture in Comics, moderator: Laurenn McCubbin, panelists: Tammy Birk, Grace Gipson, Azisa Noor Koesoema,Tiffany Pascal, Canzani Center auditorium
Comics as Preemptive Politics, moderator: Matthew Mitchem, panelists: Austin St. Peter, Joey Pigg Canzani Center multipurpose room
10:45–11 a.m. Coffee/tea break
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Workshop 1 (must be pre-registered)
  Practical Advice: A Workshoppy Panel, Lora Innes, Chris Oatley, Ian Jay, Joel Jackson, Crane Center multipurpose room (first floor), 
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Session 2  (choose a panel)
Comics of the Middle East and India, moderator: Dara Naraghi, panelists: Hend Alawadhi, Christopher Smith, Jeremy Stoll, Canzani Center auditorium
Recto Verso: The Page is Where We Meet—Comics, Books, and Gallery Walls, moderator: Jeff Sims, panelists: MJ Bole, Meg Duguid, Bryan Moss, Steve Stelling, Canzani Center multipurpose room 
12:30-1:45 p.m. Lunch on your own
1:30-3:30 p.m. Workshop 2 (must be pre-registered)
  Mini-Comics: Pre-production and Reproduction, David Allan Duncan, Crane Center room 217,
1:45-3:15 p.m. Session 3 (choose a panel)
How to See the Work of Black Comics in Total Darkness: Constructions of Black Identity in American Comics and Popular Culture, moderator: John Jennings, panelists: Reynaldo Anderson, Stacey Robinson, Canzani Center auditorium
Voltron That Has Yet to Assemble: The Columbus Comics Scene Past, Present and Future, moderator: James Moore, panelists: Bob Corby, Ken Eppstein, Jenny Robb, featured guest: Tom Spurgeon, Canzani Center multipurpose room
3:15-3:30 p.m. Coffee/tea break
  Presentation: Pictures to Music: Storyboarding The Sliver of Light by Madeleine Fix-Hansen, Canzani Center atrium
3:30-5 p.m. Session 4 (choose a panel)
History, Memory and Narrative in Comics, moderator: Jared Gardner, panelists: Terry Eisele, Lora Innes, Katherine Wirick, featured guest: Carol Tyler,Canzani Center auditorium
Alternatives to the Mainstream: Independent, Digital and Artisan Comics, moderator: Laurenn McCubbin, panelist: Joel Jonientz, Mike Laughead Mark C. Rogers, & keynote guest: Jeff Smith, Canzani Center multipurpose room
5-7 p.m. Dinner on your own
7 p.m. Keynote Event
  In Conversation with Jeff Smith, moderated by Tom Spurgeon, Canzani Center auditorium

Saturday Sept. 28

9 a.m. Coffee/Tea
10-11:30 a.m. Workshop 3 (must be pre-registered)
  The VIPs of Self-Publishing, Victor Dandridge, Crane Center multipurpose room (first floor)
10-11:30 a.m. Session 5 (choose a panel)
Creative Methods, moderator: Canada Keck, panelists: Terry Eisele, Matt Feazell, Alex Heberling, Max Ink, Talcott Starr, and Valerie Starr, Canzani Center auditorium
Issues in Contemporary Comics, moderator: Eric Homan, panelists: Charles Acheson, Robert Algeo, Anthony Baker, Richard A. Schindler
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch on your own
1-2 p.m.
Film Screening
  White Scripts and Black Supermen: Black Masculinities in Comic Books, presented by the filmmaker, Jonathan Gayles, Ph.D., Canzani Center auditorium
2-3:30 p.m. Post-screening panel
  Filmmaker Jonathan Gayles, Ph.D., with Victor Dandridge and Tony Isabella, Canzani Center auditorium
3:30-3:45 p.m. Coffee/tea break
3:45-5:15 p.m. Spotlight panel
  Women Comics Creators, panelists: Colleen Clark, Lora Innes, Enrica Jang, Margaret Syverud, Katie Wright, featured guest: Carol Tyler, Canzani Center auditorium


Presenters & Exhibitors

Smith's original artwork from RASL will be on exhibit in the Canzani Center Gallery Sept. 5–Oct. 4 just as the first collection of RASL is released in book form. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

The Mix 2013 symposium panels will feature 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.

Symposium panels and workshops are open to symposium registrants only. Please return to this page for schedule updates.

Concurrent with Mix 2013, CCAD will exhibit the paintings of Gary Panter, a pioneer in the underground comix scene internationally recognized for his post-punk/apocalyptic Jimbo comics, his design work on Pee-Wee's Playhouse, and his fine art. Panter's The Magnetic Lady exhibition is free and will run Sept. 5– Oct. 4, also in the Canzani Center Gallery.

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