Sunday, January 24, 2010

2009 SPACE Prize Winners!

Announcing the 2009 SPACE Prize Winners:


General Category:

The Dreamer #1-5

Lora Innes-Artist, Writer

Lora at SPACE 2009

2nd Place: Tiny Life 1)a by Nick Jones and Nicolas Colacitti

3rd Place:The Second Part of the Secret History of the Ineffables byCraig Bogart


Minicomics / Short Story Category:

Aliens Poop on Your Children
Chris Garrett- Artist, Writer

Chris at SPACE 2009

2nd Place: Veggie Dog Saturn #3 Jason's Quest byJason Young

3rd Place: Reflection by Eric Adams & Joanna Estep
Webcomics Category:

Introspective Comics
Ryan Dow

Ryan at SPACE 2009

2nd Place: The Book of Biff by Chris Hallbeck

3rd Place: Freak Central by Brian Maze


For more info on the SPACE Prize including orderinging info go to



Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Signifiers Coming Out Party

After years of off-and-on work, the first issue of Michael Neno's new comic book series, The Signifiers, will be available the third week of this month.
Taking place in the same universe as his previous, Xeric Grant-funded Reactionary Tales #1, The Signifiers #1 features the debut of our hero, Splash, in an introductionary story entitled "Millbrook", and the first chapter of Landlark, the Heat-Seeking Dwarf (it's about a heat-seeking dwarf). Plus: a divertissement starring Nellie of Cosmic Brook Farm, a Signifiers Universe map, letters pages and more, all packed into 48 pages of wacked-out cosmic goodness.

The Signifiers #1 is having its own "Coming Out" party at 8:00 pm on January 21st as part of local arts group Wild Goose Creative's Third Thursday series.

Other local cartoonists will also be on hand that night to present their work, including local legend Max Ink, creator of Blink (, Lora Innes, creator of the critically acclaimed print and web comic The Dreamer ( and Jonathan Riddle, who's currently drawing a commissioned, WWII-era graphic novel written by Terry Eisle entitled Five Plums.

All are welcome to attend the Third Thursday event and admission is $5.00. (This is a correction)

Check out the Wild Goose Creative website for more details:

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Rock, Paper, Scissors

SPACE Exhibitor, co-curator and paper art toy artist extraordinaire, Matthew Hawkins brings Rock, Paper, Scissors: Paper Art Toy Exhibition to Rivet in January. This exhibit will feature over 75 paper sculptures from more than 26 worldwide artists. Assorted posters, paper art toy kits, and the book, Urban Paper by Matthew Hawkins will be available. To promote this exhibit, Mr. Hawkins has made an exclusive Rivet Ukulelien toy for YOU! It can be found here:
Exhibit will be on display January 2 through January 31, 2010.


1200 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43201

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Exhibitor: Ray Tomczak

Ray Tomczak is a misplaced Northwestern Pennsylvanian. We're not sure why he's here but he showed up in Columbus sometime in the early 90's. Ray has been self publishing comics since he got here. Originally he published an adventure series entitled Dr.Bob and Irving about a scientist and his bodyguard. More recently he's published something closer to reality, the series "Wasted Potential". WP has been published mostly as collections entitled “Wasted Paper” of Ray's webcomic. Ray has been involved helping out with SPACE by being a correspondent for Cosmo's Corner and as a contributor to this blog. Ray is also the only other guy (besides me) who has participated in every one of the annual SPACE Flyer Blitz's at OSU campus since we started in 2001. Ray's been there rain or shine.
Ray hosting the on-line comics panel at SPACE '07
1) Tell us a little about yourself.
Don't know what I can say that you didn't cover in your introductory paragraph. When I'm rich and famous, I'll have to hire you to ghost write my autobiography. (Don't hold your breath.)
2) Tell us about your comics.
Wasted Potential is a strip loosely based on my own life. It's about an amateur cartoonist named Norm Burns who pays the bills by working in fast food, and his friends and family.
3) How long have you been self-publishing?
My first self published books were two collections of my college strip "Norm's Dorm" that I made as Christmas presents for my family in 1988. My first "serious" self publishing effort came in 1994, and I started doing Dr. Bob and Irving in 1996.
4) Why did you decide to start self-publishing your comics?
Seemed like a good idea at the time.
5) Who are your main artistic influences--both in and out of comics?
In comics, I'd have to say Berkely Breathed; Garry Trudeau; Charles Schulz; Archie Comics, and perhaps Harvey Pekar and Grant Morrison as well...Outside of comics, I suppose my main "influence" would be Norman Rockwell, who had a comics artist's gift for telling a story in pictures. In fact, some of his paintings, like the one with people on the telephone, are comic strips. If he were alive today, he'd be Alex Ross.
6) What comics do you read?
The only currently published comics I'm reading regularly are Doom Patrol and Casper and the Spectrals. My favorite comics are the super-hero books of the Silver and Bronze Ages. Oh, and I am planning on getting the whole Complete Bloom County collection so that I can swipe even more ideas from Breathed.
7) What are some of your favorite books? (the kind without pictures)
My favorite writers are John Irving, Armistead Maupin, Sarah Vowell and Hunter S. Thompson.
8) Are you really Norm?
Actually, I'm really Mike Binkley.
9) Is the Bob Newhart Show available on DVD?
Yes, and it makes the perfect gift for fans of Bill Daly.
10) Will you have anything new for SPACE? Or are you working on anything new?
I plan to have a third "Wasted Paper" collection with all the Wasted Potential strips from 2009, which everyone reading this interview now has to buy if they want to know what the heck we were talking about in the last question. (At least what you were talking about...though if they ask me, I'd be happy to explain my obscure pop culture reference.)
11) What do you get when you cross a chicken with Norm? (everybody gets a chicken question)
A neurotic chicken. Though chickens are pretty neurotic as is, so you might not notice any difference.