Monday, May 2, 2016

SPACE Book Reviews by Optical Sloth

Kevin at Optical Sloth has been stacking up reviews of SPACE comics. See if you don't believe me about all the great comics that show up at SPACE you should believe him.

Various Artists – Vagabond Comics #2

Baxter, Derek & Canini, Brian – Never Stop Drinking

McCallister, Lauren – Bad Sex

Various Artists – Cemetery Plots #1

White, Josh – Dating Jesus Stories

Harkness, M.S. – October 2015

Sallah, Alissa – Role Play

Tervo, Cailey – Soulcial Anxiety

Mitchell, Brian John & McDonough, Nate – Genius Junkies

Barnes, E.J. – Caroline’s Catalog

Steiner, Steve – Middle-Aged Monster


Sunday, April 24, 2016

SPACE 2016 Reports, Photos, Etc.

Here's links to reports, etc. About SPACE 2016. If you have one send it to me and I'll post it.

Comics Reporter


Kleefeld on Comics- On Business: SPACE & Such

SPACE 2016 Recap by Daniel J. Hogan

No Need for Bushido

Cowboy House

Photos by Dave Holtzapple

Photos by  Flor De Canela Muntner


2015 SPACE Prize Presentations by UVN (Richard Ketterjohn)

Jorge O'Neill -‎Comics Underground Distribution with King Chan





Monday, April 11, 2016

SPACE 2016 is a Wrap!

The winter wonderland of  Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo (SPACE) 2016 was a great time. I hope everybody made it safely home. The free admission increased attendance by about 33 percent.  We'll never be sure of the exact number but we got an estimate from the program book count.

I'd like to thank both exhibitors and attendees. Thanks for braving the weather and making the show a success.  Also thanks to all the SPACE Prize and program book sponsors who really lightened the financial burden and helped make the free admission possible. We also increased table price slightly so thanks to the exhibitors for helping make the free admission possible. Thanks to the Northland Performing Art Center for doing a great job hosting us. A special thanks to the Laughing Ogre and the Kafe Kerouac for the great pre- and after-parties and Caitlin McGurk for organizing the after party.  And a big thanks you to the SPACE crew my wife, Kathy, my son, Bob, Tracy Santos and Richard Ketterjohn.
We'll be back next year once again at the Northland Performing Art Center on March 25 & 26, 2017.
(Thanks to Jerry Smith for the photo I stole. It's the only one I saw where you can see the sign at our back door.)


Wednesday, April 6, 2016



SPACE Exhibitors Bio Part 8

 Ryan Smith:
Ryan Smith began cartooning in 1999 and continued publishing on the web and print to this date. His current series, Accursed Dragon, is a light hearted fantasy story focusing on humor and adventure.
Greg Sorkin:
Greg Sorkin is your typical every-man. When forced to wear pants, he puts them on one leg at a time just like you. By day, he’s an office drone; by night, he writes, produces and letters comics and designs logos. A pop culture junkie, his interests include TV, movies, comics, video games and buying guitar equipment he doesn’t use enough BUT CAN’T STOP PURCHASING. Check out his work at so he can continue to buy more gear.

Melinda Timpone:
White Noise is a post-apocalyptic science fiction webcomic that has been running for almost ten years.  It follows genetically engineered soldiers as they find each other and band together to protect what remains of humanity.  Mindy started the project as a love letter to the animation and comics of her youth, and it has since grown into an epic tale in its own right.

Ben Tye:
Ben Tye is both a musician and cartoonist. Normal days can find him in the general Minneapolis area working on comics or practicing with his band, Ungrateful Little String Band.
Robbie  Vegas:
Robbie Vegas is an entertainer based in Akron, Ohio. He sings, dances and draws pictures. Robbie makes ORT comics for Diluvian Enterprises.

Eric T. Voigt:
Smunch Monthly Digest is a publication of illustrations, comics, and prose from Eric T. Voigt from the Black Bear Collective.

Josh White:
Josh White is a graphic novelist living in Columbus, Ohio. He has an MFA in Comics from the California College of the Arts and he has self published many short stories and graphic novels.
David Wilson:
David Wilson assumes many roles; designer, illustrator, videographer and writer. Projects range from client driven assignments to personal works. After earning a BFA in Visual Communication Design from Kent State University, David went on to work for clients such as The Atlantic, New York Magazine, WWE, The Boston Globe, The Uptime Institute, Men's Journal, GFDA, Harvard University, INC. Magazine, Kent State University, and many more.
David also works on a multitude of passion projects. He publishes All Teeth Zine, plays drums in Eternities, writes and directs short films and produces independent comics through Downpour.
David currently lives and works in Ohio alongside Omega Red, a 90 pound Bernese Mountain Dog.

Bruce Worden:
Constantly confusing optimism with sarcasm, Bruce is totally sure his comic series "Woodstalk" (about zombies at Woodstock) will be the next big hit. Until that happens, he is best known for his rock-n-roll picture book "Goodnight Keith Moon" and his pictoblog “Homophones, Weakly.” He lives (that is to say, bikes, eats chocolate, and collects records) in Ann Arbor, Michigan with his wife and son.
Jason Young:
If not for comics Jason would probably have done something really great with his life. Won't you at least read his comics so it won't have all been for nothing?
Jason Yungbluth:
MAD magazine cartoonist and publisher of Deep Fried, Weapon Brown and PEEK!

Cait Zellers:
Cait is a comic artist and illustrator working out of the weirdness that is Austin, Texas. She's the creator of Hey Chikita Hey! A weekly webcomic about life, love, and skeletons, as well as her self published books My Cats Are Jerks, and The Elizabeth Pill with writer Myke McNoldy. She loves making comics, reading comics, eating pizza while reading comics, and taking way too many selfies with her cats.


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

New Ad!

Great new ad by Steve Steiner

Monday, March 28, 2016

SPACE Exhibitors Bios Part 7

Joyana McDiarmid:
Joyana gets her hands dirty with everything having to do with making comics. Writer, artist, letterer, editor, publisher, designer, student, teacher - she loves them comics.

Logan O'Donnell:
I am an independent comic artist and founder of a small conglomerate of students who run a small comic business by the name of Humming Bird Comics.
I focus on comics that represent the queer, people of color and disabled communities. I love writing and creating stories that focus on science fiction elements.
I am passionate about spreading the awareness of the importance of diverse representation not only in comics but in all forms of media as well.
Kyle J. Osborne:
Shquirat is a quarterly comic written by Kyle J. Osborne. Drawn by Mars Abrahamsen, Marcus Pavilonis, and Shep Dogwood.
Maryanne Rose Papke:
Maryanne Rose Papke has been self-publishing short comics since 2010. Her comics are usually weird, often silly, typically cute, sometimes sad, and occasionally epic. She has more than 8 minicomics in print, also produces the semiweekly fantasy webcomic, Xylobone Tomes.

Wolfgang Parker:
"Crime Cats" is a mystery series for kids aged five to twelve. The books follow the adventures of eight-year-old superhero Jonas Shurmann who together with his partners, cat detectives CatBob and Neil Higgins, solves mysteries around his Columbus neighborhood. "Crime Cats" have been recommended by "Columbus Parent" magazine, Columbus Metropolitan Library, and Parker made the "Columbus' Best Authors" list in the 2015 CoumbusUnderground reader's poll.
John Pirog:
 Ghastly Yarns includes two movies, a horror comic and over a dozen short horror stories.  The tone is decidedly "EC-ish" and the stories are always geared toward a simplistic, old school horror feel.

Deanna Poppe:
Deanna Poppe has been coloring comics since 2011. Deanna is the colorist the sci-fi webcomic Banished, found at She is also the color assistant for Wilde Life by Pascalle Lepas ( and No Need for Bushido by Alex Kolesar and J.W. Kovell ( She has a soft spot for goblins, and her goblins and other work can be seen at Deanna currently resides in Southwest Ohio with her husband and son.
Sean Poppe:
Sean Poppe has been drawing comics since 2011. His short comic "You Don't Remember" premiered in Boo! Vol. 2 #1, and has since contributed to several issues of Boo!. His art is featured in a number of small-press table-top RPG publications including CRAWL!, Vacant Ritual Assembly, and Undercroft. Sean is also currently attempting to draw 365 Goblins in 2015, which is chronicled at Additional work can be seen at Sean currently resides in Southwest Ohio with his wife and son.

John R. Phythyon, Jr.:
John R. Phythyon, Jr. wishes he were a superhero or a magician, but, since he has not yet been bitten by a radioactive spider or received his letter from Hogwarts, he writes adventure stories instead. He is the author of the Wolf Dasher series of fantasy-thriller mash-up novels, several modern fairy tales, and a series of comical memoirs about his childhood ("My True-Life Adventure" series). Prior to becoming a novelist, he was an award-winning game designer.
He lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife, their children, a dog, and a cat. It is rarely quiet, but it's often entertaining. His current projects include the next book in the Wolf Dasher series, world peace, and desperately wishing for the Cincinnati Bengals to win a Super Bowl in his lifetime.
Stu Rase:
Stu Rase is a thirty-something High School teacher, freestyle rapper, and comic book writer.  He's the author and artist of two books: Teacher Strips, auto-biographical humor about memorable moments in his classroom; and The Undad, an all-ages book about a zombie father trying to raise his daughter.
Before becoming a teacher, Stu performed all over the country as an improvisational comedian.  After becoming a teacher, he's given up on most of his dreams, had a kid, and spends his free time huddled over an art board desperately clinging to his youth.

Chris Reed:
Chris Reed has been making mini-comics for more than 30 years. His current titles include Gary (about a 30-year-old sparrow who's unemployed, scared of worms, and still living in his mom's nest), Used Addictions (the story of a cigarette butt, an empty wine bottle, and a used condom), and The Adventures of Lil' Pube (just what it sounds like).
Carlos Rivera:
Carlos Rivera is a writer, artist and lover of many. Founder of the Youngstown Indy Comic Expo and creator of New Town PD.
Shari Ross:
She went to school in New York where she graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a BFA in Illustration, August 2012.

Alissa Sallah:
Alissa Sallah was raised in Massillon, Ohio.
Of mixed-race heritage, it is commonplace for stray hands to make their way into her hair. She enjoys toying with stereotypes and exposing identity in her work. In her youth, she was captivated by Japanese cartoons and is occasionally found playing dress-up as some of her favorite characters. Her first published work was a monthly high-school newspaper comic titled Orange Drink. She currently believes she’s developed a sophisticated palate due to her interest obscure artsy anime.
Rick Schlaack:
Rick Schlaack is the Vice President of Blind Alley Comics out of Lansing, MI. He's been suffering for comics since 2009, but his love of art and writing go back to the cradle (and perhaps beyond). He likes to style himself a Renaissance Man, much to the irritation of all who know him. Avoid eye contact. A reverential bow would be appreciated.
Sal Sciandra:
Sal Sciandra is an American comics writer & artist based in Buffalo, NY. He is the creator of “The Casebook of Elijah Snugs”, an ongoing mystery comic book series and his work has been reviewed by Broken Pencil and Optical Sloth.
His influences include Gabrielle Bell, Richard Scarry, John Byrne, Daniel Clowes, Edward Gorey, and Joe Mathieu.
He has a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Buffalo State College and supports the San Diego Padres.

 Louis Tyler Simmons:
Writer of The Black Ansaar and Other Stories Anthology
Sinister Undertone Comics:
Hailing from Flint, Michigan, Sinister Undertone Comics has been in development for over 8 years. Starting with the idea for a vampire in Flint (Karma) which later formed into 12 different titles and 132 different characters (not including minor supporting characters). Not pulling any punches, S.U.C. dabbles in anything from religion to conspiracy theory all while dancing in moral shades of gray. Sinister Undertone Comics has quickly began to gather a name for itself on Facebook ( and Twitter (@SinisterUndertn) as well in the underground comic communities of the country. With their success at Detroit Fan Fare in 2013, the momentum has built to an almost religious fervor! S.U.C. already has a fan base that is anxiously awaiting the company’s 2 launch titles: “Karma” and “the 7″. Our full list of titles are as follows: Karma, the 7, the Ballad of the Walker, Shine, Spiryt, Juiced, Sixkiller/Colder, Lifeline, Conduit, Dusk & Dawn, The Dayton Family, Deacon Board, and Hellspeak the Hangman.