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CXC Special Guest Kat Fajardo!

The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum and SÕL-CON look forward to welcoming special guest KAT FAJARDO to Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC)! Kat Fajardo is a native NYC cartoonist and illustrator who creates playful and colorful work about self-acceptance and Latinx culture, including Gringa! and her ¡Bandida! series.

On Friday, September 29 from 12 – 1 pm, see Kat in Hale Hall for SÕL-CON Lunch Break and Talk Back. Bring your own lunch and catch a panel of Latinx and African American comics creators (John Jennings, Jaime Crespo, and Vicko Alvarez) discussing why race matters in all things comics!

CXC moves to the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch on Saturday, September 30, where Kat will be participating in another SÕL-CON panel from 3- 3:50 pm: What About Gender and Sexuality In POC Comics in Room 3-A. An all-star line-up of SÕL-CON guests digs into the issues surrounding gender and sexuality in POC Comics. Kat will be joined by Kelly Fernandez, Vicko, Jiba Molei Anderson, John Jennings and Breena Nunez, with J Gonzo moderating.

Sunday, October 1 from 2:30 -3:20 pm, don’t miss the Kat Fajardo Spotlight, also at the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch, Room 3-A. Moderator Tom Spurgeon will sit down with Kat to discuss her career, her community-minded comics and her experiences in the wider world of comics.

And finally, Kat will be showcasing and selling her work at the CXC Expo and Marketplace (also at the Columbus Metropolitan Library) on Saturday, September 30 from 11 am – 6 pm and Sunday, October 1 from noon-5 pm.

Kat Fajardo is one of the Billy Ireland’s four special guests arriving this week. We will also be welcoming Dana Simpson, Derf Backderf, and Signe Wilkinson!

A full schedule of CXC events can be found here.  All events are FREE and open to the public, including Friday night’s opening reception and Billy Ireland 40th anniversary celebration!

CXC Special Guest Dana Simpson!

Join our special guest DANA SIMPSON this Thursday, September 28 from 3:00 to 3:50 pm at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. Tom Spurgeon will be speaking with Dana for the first of our Skill Set series during Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC). A special thank you to GoComics for their sponsorship!

Dana Simpson has enjoyed one of the great success stories this decade with the newspaper strip and print collection of Phoebe and her Unicorn. She is also one of the rare cartoonists to make the jump from on-line presentation to the printed form.

Dana Simpson first caught the eyes of comics readers with internet strip Ozy and Millie. After winning the 2009 Comic Strip Superstar contest, Simpson developed the strip Phoebe and Her Unicorn (originally known as Heavenly Nostrils), which is now syndicated in over 200 newspapers worldwide. There are five book collections: Phoebe and Her Unicorn, Unicorn on a Roll, Unicorn vs. Goblins, Razzle Dazzle Unicorn, and Unicorn Crossing. Simpson’s books have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, and won the Washington State Book Award and the Pacific Northwest Book Award.

On Sunday, October 1 at 1:30 pm, Dana will also be part of the panel Comics Are For Kids: Straight From The Creators’ Mouths at the Columbus Metropolitan Library (Downtown Branch, Room 1-A). This panel (also featuring Mike Maihack (Cleopatra In Space) and Judd Winick (Hilo)) addresses kids and those that wish to create for them, providing a comprehensive education for approaches, strategies and reasons for success in comics’ fastest-growing category!

Immediately following the panel, from 2:30 to 3:20 pm on Sunday, Dana will be signing comics at the Kids Comics Signapalooza (Across From Room 1-A) Dana will be signing alongside Jeff Smith, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Mike Maihack, and Judd Winick! Get those comics signed!

You can also find Dana exhibiting at the CXC Expo and Marketplace (also at the Columbus Metropolitan Library) on Saturday, September 30 from 11 am – 6 pm and Sunday, October 1 from noon-5 pm.

Dana Simpson is one of the Billy Ireland’s four special guests arriving this week. We will also be welcoming Kat Fajardo, Derf Backderf, and Signe Wilkinson!

A full schedule of CXC events can be found here.  All events are FREE and open to the public, including Friday night’s opening reception and Billy Ireland 40th anniversary celebration!

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