Columbus draws cartoon enthusiasts

Illustration, Portrait of Steve Hamaker

This week, Cartoon Crossroads Columbus is showing off the amazing comic hub that is Columbus. And CCAD is a big part of the comics scene.

In an interview with Columbus Alive's Andy Downing, Jeff Smith — creator of Bone and past CCAD student — mentions how CCAD is “ahead of the curve” when it comes to comics with the announcement of our new Comics & Narrative Practice major.

In an article suggesting that CXC is set to become the SXSW of the comic world, The Washington Post states, "Columbus had grown as a home for a comics festival partly from a confluence of institutions that support, teach and inform about the art form." Institutional support like that from CCAD.

And CCAD alums are all over CXC.

So when Columbus Alive set about rounding up comics that represent Columbus, they turned to pros including Lauren McCallister (Class of 2015) and Alissa Sallah (Class of 2016). Other CCAD grads who had work featured in the article include:

Glenn Brewer (Class of 1996)

Tom Williams (Class of 1997)

Darryl Banks (Class of 1987)

Steve Hamaker (Class of 1997)

Joel Jackson (Class of 2004)

Lora Innes (Class of 2002)

Cartoon Crossroads Columbus takes place all over the city: The Columbus Metropolitan Library, The Wexner Center for the Arts, and even CCAD play host to events. The Columbus Dispatch states, "CXC focuses attention on Columbus and Ohio, underlining our rich contribution to this ever-evolving art form."


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