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Ebony Flowers

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Drawn in black and white, one figure with long flowing hair wraps around another two figures.

The Wex is thrilled to help kick off the sixth-annual edition of Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) with a live conversation and Q&A featuring acclaimed cartoonist Ebony Flowers.

Hot Comb (Drawn & Quartely), Flowers’s first graphic novel, was hailed as one of the best books of 2019 by such publications as The Believer, Guardian, and Washington Post. Comprised of eight short stories, including the eponymous “Hot Comb” (winner of the 2020 Eisner Best Short Story award), the collection highlights the cultural significance of hair in many Black girls’ lives as a through line to explore broader issues of class, gender, and race. A teacher, scholar, and ethnographer, Flowers's work is included in the anthology Drawing Power: Women’s Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Survival (2019, edited by Diane Noomin), which will be spotlighted later during CXC.

This year’s four-day CXC festival is completely online with events also being presented by Ohio State’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus Museum of Art, and Columbus Metropolitan Library.

Visit cartooncrossroadscolumbus.com for the full festival schedule.

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A black and white comic pictures a figure with long hair wrapping around two other figures.

Image courtesy Drawn & Quarterly

Artist Ebony Flowers draws.

Ebony Flowers, image courtesy Drawn & Quarterly

Cover for Ebony Flowers' book Hot Comb.

Image courtesy Drawn & Quarterly

Comic by Ebony Flowers

Image courtesy Drawn & Quarterly

Comic by Ebony Flowers

Image courtesy Drawn & Quarterly

MADE POSSIBLE BY
Greater Columbus Arts Council
Ohio Arts Council
American Electric Power Foundation
The Columbus Foundation
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Nationwide Foundation

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY
Huntington Bank
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
Kaufman Development
Cardinal Health Foundation

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