For Immediate Release:
February 6, 2013

Media Contact:
Nancy Colvin, 614.629.0303
Columbus Museum of Art AND THURBER HOUSE
Announce winner of graphic novelist residency

(Columbus, OH) – The Columbus Museum of Art and Thurber House are pleased to announce the winner of the second annual Graphic Novelist Residency, Ed Piskor. The three-week residency is designed to provide a graphic artist/writer with an opportunity to develop a work-in-progress. The recipient will receive a stipend and housing in the two-bedroom apartment located in the historic home of author and New Yorker cartoonist, James Thurber.


Ed Piskor began his comics career at age 21, drawing American Splendor strips written by underground comics legend Harvey Pekar. He has since published the graphic novel Wizzywig about the history of hacking and is currently publishing The Hip Hop Family Tree as a weekly comic at In addition to researching and producing new work, he will take part in public events during his stay in Columbus. An exhibition of his artwork will be on view at Columbus Museum of Art.

Related Programs:
At Thurber House:
Young Writers’ Studio

Wednesday, March 20, 6:00-8:00 PM

Led by Ed Piskor. Visit for more information

Ed Piskor’s Brain Rot

March 15 – June 2, 2013 

This exhibition features original artwork from Piskor’s comics.

Art Lab visiting artist
Wednesday, March 20

Ed Piskor will meet with the high school interns enrolled in CMA’s Art Lab program.


Artist’s Talk and Interview

Sunday, March 24, 2:00 pm

Ed Piskor speaks about his creative process with interviewer, comics writer, and blogger Jared Gardner, a professor of English and Film Studies at OSU. Free with museum admission.

About the Columbus Museum of Art: The Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Charlotte R. Haller, Lewis K. Osborne, and Robert B. Hurst funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and until 8:30 pm every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  For additional information, call 614.221.4848 or visit


About Thurber House: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Thurber House opened its doors in 1984 as a non-profit literary center and museum located in the former home of author, and New Yorker cartoonist, James Thurber.  Our mission is to celebrate the written word for the education and entertainment of the broadest possible audience, and to continue the legacy of James Thurber.  Thurber House is proud to be in a city and a state that provides generous support to the arts. For additional information, please visit