Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC)





Batton and Jackie had a great time at the first iteration of CXC in Columbus, Ohio on October 1-3. Special guests included Art Spiegelman, Fran├žoise Mouly, Bill Griffith, Jaime Hernandez, Kate Beaton, and Jeff Smith, who is also one of the organizers of an event that is sure to become a major force on the comics scene in the coming years.

Here are a few photos from the weekend, which took place at multiple venues in Columbus, most notably the Billy Ireland Comics Library and Museum at the Ohio State University. You can also find a nice write-up by Frank Santoro and John F. Kelly at

Batton at the Exhibit A table.


Two fans arrived at the table at the same time to get “Archie Meets the Punisher” signed.

Katy Skelly, one of the CXC special guests.

Frank Santoro and Jaime Hernandez.

Comics historian Carol Tilly with her “Seduction of the Innocent” autograph book.

CXC special guest Derf Backderf.


CXC special guest Jeff Lemire.


Cartoonist Chris Schweizer.

Cartoonist and colorist Steve Hamaker.

Chris Pitzer of AdHouse Comics.

The Will Eisner meeting room at the Billy Ireland Museum.

Organizers Jeff Smith and Tom Spurgeon at the Billy Ireland Comics Library and Museum.

Cartoonist Ben Towle

CXC special guest Craig Thompson

A young reader!

Batton with museum curator Jenny Robb.


Cartoonist Katie Skelly received the first Emerging Artist prize at the show, from Vijaya Iyer and Jeff Smith of Cartoon Books. Frank Santoro looks on.

Batton with Jeff Smith

Kathleen Goslan of Cartoon Books.

Jackie with a Rat Creature.

Special guest Dylan Horrocks from New Zealand.


Special guest Jim Rugg.


Special guest Rafael Rosado.


Special guest “Lumberjanes” artist Grace Ellis.

Special guest Bill Griffith with Dark Horse’s David Scroggy.

Special guests Francoise Mouly and Art Spiegelman.