Friday, April 30, 2010

Even More Reports & Photos

Con Report by Dirk Bauman
Con Report by Allen Freeman
Con Report by Josh Blair


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

SPACE Prize Presentations at UVN

SPACE Prize Presentations video at Underground Video Network

More SPACE Reports & Photos

Article in the OSU Lantern
Photos by Dan Taylor
SPACE 2010 Gallery 3 at ComicRelated
SPACE 2010 Gallery 4 at ComicRelated

Free Comicbook Day

Art Explorer Post 407 will be at Packrat Comics for Free Comicbook Day. Here what's happening:

Join Packrat Comics May 1, 2010 for a meet and greet with Nicholas Brendon of Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer during Free Comic Book Day. Free Concert with stand up comedians to follow. Check out to stay informed of all the upcoming events at Packrat Comics!Free Comic Book Day

UPDATED WITH SCHEDULE FOR THE DAY!Saturday May 1, 2010 beginning at 10amFCBD is only a few days away. Below is the schedule for the day! See you May 1!

10:00AM - OPEN - Get your Free Comics face painted & jump around in the bouncy castle. Visit our artist alley section to meet the following great creators: Darryl Banks, Chris Sprouse, Josh Medors (in at 11am), Uko Smith, Dan Davis, Victor Dandridge, Mike Watson, Sean Forney, JD Larabee, Molly Durst, Joel Jackson, Stratos, Scott DM Simmons, Eric Adams, and Joshua Peters!10:30AM - Join us for some free play Mario Brothers video games in the Annex! Fun for all!10:30AM-11:30AM - Meet & Greet brunch with Nicholas Brendon. Limited to 20 participants and tickets can be purchased from either this blog or our facebook page via paypal. Tickets are $80 ea. (direction will be emailed to ticket holders)

11:00AM - Meet the Stormtroopers from Darth Vaders 501st

11:00-2:00PM - Gaming Demos - get a free War Machine Heroclix by visiting the annex and giving an RPG a try. Learn to play Magic the Gathering, Heroclix or D&D!

12:00-5:00PM - Nicholas Brendon Autograph Session (Time permitting we will host a pannel session with Nicholas from 4:30-5pm)

1:00PM - Costume Contest - Kids & Adults

2:00-4:00PM - Live Ammeture Wrestling!5:00 Nerd Night Kick Off

5:00- Video Game Play/Tournament (depending on turnout)

5:00PM - First round of our Charity Comic Book Poker Tournament (Texas Hold'Em) - buy in is $25, that gets you 25 comic from the annex to use as poker chips and to keep what you win. Have your books ready for the first hand at 5pm, as Nicholas Brendon will be an honorary player.

6:00 - Magic the Gathering Booster Draft Tournmant

5:00-10pPM- Free Concert - Comic Book Trivia between bands!

5:00- The Out

6:00 - Huge Euge

7:00 - Nerd Table

8:00 - Seven Book Trilogy

9:00 - Moto Virus

7:00PM - Second round of Charity Comic Book Poker Tournament (Texas Hold'Em) - buy in is $25, that gets you 25 comics from the annex to use as chips, you keep what you win!
Packrat Comics

3872 Lattimer Street

Hilliard, Ohio 43026



Monday, April 26, 2010

First Batch of Con Reports & Photos

Video by Josh Flowers and Greg Nicholson

Photos by John Oak Dalton

Recap by Lora Innes

Photos by Adam Hansen

Con report by Shane and Chris Houghton

Photos by D. Blake Werts on Poopsheet

SPACE Day 1 at ComicRelated

SPACE Day 2 at ComicRelated

SPACE 2010 Gallery 1 at ComicRelated

SPACE 2010 Gallery 2 at ComicRelated

Comments at The Beat


SPACE 2010 was a great time. Thanks to everyone who attended for making it such a great show. Hope everyone had a safe trip home. We'll be posting links to any con reports right here and evetually a list of the mountain of incredible comics that were submitted for the 2010 SPACE Prize.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


Only a few days until SPACE and it's time to show off the swag. The first 200 + people in the door will recieve a free hand printed SPACE Comics bag. Large enough to hold about 25 standard sized comics and about 100 minicomics. Since it's printed from a hand craved block and handed printed it can be re-purposed as art.

We also have not just one but two new tee shirts. A new Tom Williams two-tone design screen printed at Back Porch Comics world head quarters and the SPACE Star logo printed on a plain black tee. Sticking to our plead to screw the recession both are priced at $10.00.

See you at SPACE. See SPACE at you?(If you buy a tee shirt.)


Friday, April 16, 2010

Ehibitor: Eric Adams

1) Tell us a little about yourself.

I'm Eric Adams. By night, I'm the creator and self-publisher of LACKLUSTER WORLD. By day, I'm the creative director of TURNSTYLE CREATIVE.

There's more coffee than blood in these veins.

2) Tell us about your comics. (In particular were did the idea for Lackluster World come from?)


LACKLUSTER WORLD is the story of an albino man named Fahrenheit resisting the pressure he feels to change to the conforming standards of 'lackluster world'. In retaliation, he creates large-scale acts of vandalism at night and using his employment as a newspaper journalist, writes op-ed articles about said vandalism in a kind of one-two punch of media manipulation that will, ideally, sway the public away from its satisfaction of 'routine'. Adding to Fahrenheit's troubles are his aggressively religious brother and sister, Kelvin and Celsius, as they attempt to convert him to their beliefs through all forms of crazy proselytizing methods. That description may sound like some serious drama (and in a way I guess it is), but LW is a funnybook too. Sometimes, I worry I've gotten too slapsticky with it.

Where the ideas for that came from? Everywhere and nowhere. I wanted to write a story that challenged the ideas of organized religion, media manipulation, and group-think, but also included some more personal topics like how important is family and what really defines a friendship. When I started, I literally wrote a list of fragmented plot ideas, character concepts, visuals, etc and after a few months of trying to make those fragments fit together, they did! LW was birthed.

3) How long have you been self-publishing?

S.P.A.C.E. 2010 will be the beginning of my 7th year.

4) Why did you decide to start self-publishing your comics?

Because jumping into the flames is the best way to learn how not to be burned. I'm a one man show writing, drawing, publishing and marketing my comics and it has been an excellent learning experience that I would recommend to any creator that is just starting out. Self-publishing means you have to quickly learn what matters, what doesn't, and you have to force yourself to understand comickry from all its angles because you can't fall back on anyone else to handle a situation for you.

Also, I have control issues.

5) Who are your main artistic influences--both in and out of comics?

Comics-wise my biggest influence is probably Charles Burns because it was his book, BLACK HOLE, that really made me want to start making comics. I gush over Jim Rugg's art. Like-wise with Brian K. Vaughn's writing.

I watch more films than I do read comics so I'm more influenced that way. I draw immense influence from films by Wes Anderson, Darren Aronofsky, Sofia Coppola, Todd Solondz, Danny Boyle, and Christopher Nolan.

6) What comics do you read?

Lately, I've been reading a lot of Yoshihiro Tatsumi books. The only ongoing series I'm into at present is EX MACHINA, which is wrapping up soon and I'm about 20 issues behind.

Overall, I'm a terrible comic reader. I have piles and piles of unread comics.

7) What are some of your favorite books? (the kind without pictures)

All of Max Barry's books (Syrup, Jennifer Government, and Company).
Some favorites of mine that no one else has heard of (but should!) are PLEASE by Peter Darbyshire and APATHY AND OTHER SMALL VICTORIES by Paul Neilan. I also enjoy Chuck Palahniuk, Douglas Coupland, and Kurt Vonnegut.

8) Why do you thrive even in the dark corner recesses of a comic convention?

Well, I don't ALWAYS thrive, but I tend to do well more often than I do not.

Years ago, I worked as a designer of tradeshow exhibits. From there, I moved to an advertising agency where I learned the ins and outs of branding, print design, web design, marketing, public relations, and web programming. Today, I run my own small agency in Cincinnati, Ohio.

In short, I have lot of experience with promotion, marketing, and what stands out from the crowd. I just apply that knowledge to what I'm doing with comics.

9) Why are either you or Matt Feazell always the first one to sign up for SPACE each year?

It's the hats.

10) Will you have anything new for SPACE? Or are you working on anything new? Is there a series planned after LW?

LACKLUSTER WORLD #6 is finished and will be at SPACE! I'm calling it part one of the big two-part finale. Here's the plot description:

"While institutionalized, Kelvin embarks on an existential adventure with Jesus! Meanwhile, Celsius is alone for the first time and, desperate for normalcy, she employs Fahrenheit to play Kelvin's role in her life. Fahrenheit tries to sort things out between her, Herman's developing affection towards her, and the still-growing crowd of fanatics he's unintentionally inspired."

It's double-sized at 48 pages and only $6.00!

After LW, there are 3 or 4 big story ideas I want to work on and I've not decided which to do first or if comics is necessarily the best format for each of them -- the alternatives being a novel or film. I'll figure it out once I complete LACKLUSTER WORLD #7, the next and final issue of the series.

11) A priest, a rabbi and a chicken walk into a bar. What happens next?

They each run up a tab and at the end of the night are asked to cash out. The priest has no money, but offers his services in exchange. He tells the bartender he can bless the bar, its customers, and its drinks. The rabbi also has no money and offers similar services in exchange. The chicken reaches for her purse and lays down the cash for all three tabs. The priest and rabbi are very gracious and in turn offer to bless her. She replies, "Bless me? Where were to you to bless me when I was repeatedly raped by the rooster in the coop? Where were you to bless me when the farmers took all of my eggs away to be eaten, or raised my children into a life of servitude? Where were you to bless me when the farmers came to tear out all of my feathers and eat me?"

The priest and rabbi look at each other. Then, back to the chicken.

"God bless you, chicken."


The chicken went home and cried herself to sleep, knowing tomorrow she would once again go to that bar and try to find the answers in the bottom of a glass.


Exhibitor Bios are Up

The SPACE exhibitor bois as written by themselves are up at Bios

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Trickster-Anthology, Exhibit & Podcast

Trickster is a four year long comics anthology project edited by Matt Dembicki featuring original art from Evan Keeling, Mike Short and Andrew Cohen, Pat Lewis and Andy Bennett and more. The book features Trickster stories from more than 20 Native American storytellers illustrated by some of today's most dynamic indie comics artists! And we’re proud to bring you the Trickster exhibit and also to be premiering “Trickster” right here at SPACE!


Monday, April 5, 2010

New Poster & Programing

There's a brand new poster by the esteemed Tom Williams up on the media kit page.
Also the programing is up on the programing page.


Thursday, April 1, 2010

Podcast: Interview with Joe Foo

Thanks to Joe Foo, creator of the webcomic Desmond's Comics, for agreeing to participate in our first podcast. The sound quality is a little wonky but it was an experiment. We may be doing more after we figure a few things out. And now the Joe Foo Interview