The Canzani Center on the campus of the Columbus College of Art Design is featured in the most recent issue of Action Comics — before it’s blown to smithereens
The Columbus College of Art Design isn’t just a place for creative-minded students to hone their artistic skills. In the latest issue of Action Comics, starring Superman, it’s also apparently a great location for clandestine meetings and epic battles.
Unfortunately, the Canzani Center on CCAD’s campus isn’t able to survive an explosive confrontation between Amanda Waller — a high-ranking government official in the DC Comics universe — and Leviathan, a fictional criminal empire.
The issue’s writer, Brian Michael Bendis, included the locale — and its destruction — in an apparent nod to his guest appearance in September at the college during the Cartoon Crossroads Columbus festival.
The Dispatch was unable to reach Bendis, but after the issue was released last week, the Cleveland native tweeted that the idea came to him as Tom Spurgeon, editor of the comic-news website The Comics Reporter, interviewed him in the Canzani Center.
I was sitting on this very stage being interviewed by @comicsreporter thinking it was a great place for an assassination, went back to my room and wrote that… https://t.co/iBOA8BGzkT
— BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (@BRIANMBENDIS) February 28, 2019
“I was sitting on this very stage being interviewed by (Spurgeon) thinking it was a great place for an assassination, went back to my room and wrote that,” tweeted Bendis, who lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Alisa and four children.
In issue 1008 — featuring the art of Steve Epting — the Canzani Center and part of the campus’s iconic red “Art” sign are first seen as Waller enters the building for a top-secret rendezvous. Things go south after Leviathan makes an assassination attempt on Waller’s life, with an apparent gas leak leaving the building in ruins.
CCAD’s inclusion in Action Comics — which introduced the Man of Steel in 1938 and is now published by DC Comics — was a happy surprise to students and instructors alike, said Laurenn McCubbin, assistant professor in the comics and narrative practice program at CCAD.
“We had no idea that it was coming,” McCubbin said.
Bendis, 51, has won five Eisner Awards for both his creator-owned work and his work on various Marvel Comics books, including The Amazing Spider-Man, Daredevil, and The Avengers.
He was the primary creator of “Ultimate Spider-Man,” which introduced the character of Miles Morales — featured in Academy Award-winning “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse — and is the co-creator of the comic series “Alias” featuring Jessica Jones. He won a Peabody Award for his work as the co-creator and consulting producer of Netflix’s “Jessica Jones.”
McCubbin said she has known Bendis for 10 years and was the one who had the idea to invite him to CCAD as a guest speaker. After she saw the homage, she couldn’t resist needling him a bit.
“I laughed really hard and I texted Brian and I asked him, ‘Did you have a good time? Did you blow us up on purpose?’”