An Ohio Comics Conversation with Tom Batiuk and Jay Kalagayan

The Ohio Center for the Book was fortunate to be asked by the Ohioana Library to host an outreach event for the Ohioana Book Festival this year. Tom Batiuk of Funky Winkerbean and Crankshaft fame and Jay Kalagayan, creator, writer, and publisher of MeSseD Comics, had a wide-ranging conversation with our Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Valentino Zullo. The conversation took place on Zoom over Facebook Live on August 20, 2020. The edited conversation (see above) is posted at the Ohioana Book Festival YouTube channel but you can “tune into” the live (recorded) feed on our Facebook page.

We greatly appreciate both Tom and Jay’s generosity for sharing their time and valuable perspectives on comics, their creative process, and Ohio’s place in the history and future of comics.