Comics expo and more!

Calling all comics and cartoon fans! Central Ohio is hosting the first-ever Cartoon Crossroads Columbus this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, an event that aims to become the "Cannes of the Cartoon Arts."

Cartooning superstars Art Spiegelman, Jeff Smith, Kate Beaton, Craig Thompson, Jaime Hernandez, Bill Griffith, Jeff Lemire and Francoise Mouly headline a group of 15 special guests and 45 exhibitors appearing at the this new city-wide comics literary festival.

Among the highlights are: aThursdayevening of little-seen animation masterpieces at the Wexner Center; a fullFriday of panels and presentations featuring master comics makers like Lalo Alcaraz, Jeff Lemire and Bill Griffith; a FREE massive comics expo at Cultural Arts Center(139 W. Main St., Columbus) from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, where you can buy new comics and meet exhibiting professionals and other cartoon enthusiasts; and much more!

For more information, go to cartooncrossroadscolumbus.com.