The Wexner Center presents the world premiere of Columbus filmmaker Ken Mills’ documentary feature The Cartoonist: Jeff Smith, Bone, and the Changing Face of Comics on Friday, May 22 at 7 pm in the Film/Video Theater, with a booksigning beginning at 6 pm in the Wexner Center Store. The screening will be introduced by both Smith and director Mills (cofounder of Mills James Productions).
Shot during the run of the Wexner Center’s 2008 exhibition Jeff Smith: Bone and Beyond, the 76-minute film is a portrait of the Columbus-based comic book artist and writer (and Ohio State alum) Jeff Smith, and his influence on the field during the last 20 years. It captures the completion and impact of the graphic novel Bone—called one of the 10 greatest of all time by Time Magazine—as told by Smith and his cartoon contemporaries (Harvey Pekar, Scott McCloud), and a look at this unique art form that continues to change and evolve.
EVENT AND SEASON SUPPORT
Significant contributions for the Wexner Center’s 2008–09 film/video season are made by the Rohauer Collection Foundation. The Cartoonist: Jeff Smith, Bone, and the Changing Face of Comics is cosponsored by Ohio State’s Cartoon Library and Museum. The preferred airline of the film/video program is American Airlines/American Eagle. All film/video programs and events also receive support from the Corporate Annual Fund of the Wexner Center Foundation and Wexner Center members, as well as from the Greater Columbus Arts Council, The Columbus Foundation, Nationwide Foundation, and the Ohio Arts Council.