Category: Comics

An Ohio Comics Conversation with Tom Batiuk and Jay Kalagayan

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. …

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Milton Caniff

Born: February 28, 1907Died: April 3, 1988 Ohio connection: Birth Hillsboro An award-winning cartoonist, Milton Caniff began drawing the Boy Scout page for a local newspaper at age thirteen. Best known as the creator of the comic strips, “Terry and the Pirates” and “Steve Canyon,” Caniff once considered a career in acting. Graduating from The Ohio State University in …

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Watterson, Bill

Chagrin Falls Born: July 5, 1958 Ohio connection: Resident Bill Watterson, creator of the beloved comic strip “Calvin and Hobbes,” was born on July 5, 1958, in Washington D.C., and moved with his family to Chagrin Falls, Ohio, when he was six years old. Watterson preferred to spend his time alone drawing–a talent he lent to his …

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Smith, Jeff

Columbus Born: February 27, 1960 Ohio connection: Resides Jeffrey Alan Smith was born February 27, 1960 to William Earl and Barbara Smith in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania. He grew up near Columbus.  As a child, Smith read and was inspired by Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge, Peanuts, and adventure comics like Batman and Superman. Some of his favorite comics are George Herriman’s Krazy Kat and …

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