Jeff Smith no longer has opening-day jitters.

Jeff Smith no longer has opening-day jitters.

The success of last year's inaugural Cartoon Crossroads Columbus has him confident this year's event will have the same far-reaching appeal, he said.

"If you're interested in cartoons and comics, there's going to be so much to do," said Smith, the creator of "Bone" graphic novels. "There's so much stuff."

Cartoon Crossroads Columbus will be held Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 13 to 16, at various venues at Ohio State University and in downtown Columbus.

The cartooning cavalcade will feature some of the best-known artists in the field, from "Doonesbury" creator Garry Trudeau, to best-selling graphic novelist Raina Telgemeier, known for her books "Drama" and "Sisters."

"This is more about celebrating the creator and art than the characters," Smith said. "There will be a little bit for everybody."

The programming basically is split into two parts. Oct. 13 and 14 are reserved for industry leaders, who will speak about a variety of subjects, from their personal journeys to publishing and portfolio reviews.

For example, Trudeau will sit down with author Glen David Gold to discuss his career and iconic comic strip from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 N. High St. Admission is free.

The final two days are set aside for the Cartoon Crossroads Columbus Expo and Marketplace at the Columbus Metropolitan Library's main branch, 96 S. Grant Ave.

About 100 artists will display and sell their work and also speak about relevant topics. Admission is free both days.

Smith, who lives in German Village and is a 1978 graduate of Worthington High School, said the event is an extension of the triennial Festival of Cartoon Art last held in 2013 at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at the Ohio State University.

He said he was happy to continue the legacy started by Lucy Caswell, the retired curator of the cartoon library.

"I loved her festival and it was such a love and respect for the art form," Smith said.

The Columbus College of Art and Design and Columbus Museum of Art also will host events.

Jami Goldstein, spokeswoman for the Greater Columbus Arts Council, which is one of the event's local partners, said the symposium puts central Ohio at the center of the cartooning world for four days.

"This is a major cartooning event in what I would call 'the capital of comics' because we have such a long tradition of cartooning here in Columbus," Goldstein said. "And, of course, we have the Billy Ireland library, which is a gem in the country."

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