Thursday, March 29, 2012

Comics in the Air This Weekend!

There will be plenty of comic activity in the Columbus/ Dayton area this weekend.

First off is...
 Max Ink's BLINK: "Wonka Wonka Kochalka" Book Release Party! ***MARCH 30th
Friday @ 7pm

Finally! Readers will be able to purchase a copy of the Blink story which Max has attempted to write and draw over the past eight years with many false starts and abrupt stops along the way. Copies of the digest book "Behind the Sketchbook: The Making of Wonka Wonka Kochalka" will also be available. 
The evening's festivities will be MC'd by the ever-so-stylish
There will be a CHARITY RAFFLE with plenty of comics & prizes awarded throughout the night!
All prizes are donated by the awesome comic shops of Columbus!

Then it's...
Big Picture Lecture @ the Columbus Museum of Art
Saturday, March 31, 2:00 pm
Otterbein professor of philosophy Andrew Mills will speak about Paul   Hornschemeier’s work in a philosophical context. Hornschemeier majored in philosophy at The Ohio State University and often addresses philosophical issues in his books, most notably in his 2007 work The Three Paradoxes. Presented in collaboration with The OSU Institute for Collaborative Research and Public Humanities.
Admission to the lecture is free. 

And last but not least it's ....
Saturday March 31st 10am - 5pm. Sunday April 1st 10am - 4pm. Early buyer doors at 9am BOTH DAYS!
Student Union at Wright State University in Dayton.
Tickets are $10 [per day] at the door! Kids under 12 free with a paid adult.


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Premiere Comics are Up! / SPACE Anthology 2012 is Up on iPad & Android!

As promised--24 more new comics which will premiere at SPACE have been uploaded to the Premiere Comics page.

SPACE Anthology 2012 is now available on iPad & Android!
It is available a free download through the
Cloud 9 Comix apps which you can find in iTunes and Android Market.
Android app     iPad app


Monday, March 26, 2012

Premiere Comics Flood Tomorrow Night!

I was going to post all the comics that will be premiering at SPACE tonight but I got so overwhelmed it will need to happen tomorrow night.  A lot of great stuff coming to SPACE 2012! Check back tomorrow!


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

SPACE Anthology 2012 is Live!

The SPACE Anthology 2012 is live at
The tome is 98 interior pages and available for free as a pdf download and shortly on iPad through the Cloud 9 Comix app  and also as a print book at SPACE and Amazon.  Enjoy the book and check out the diverse array of talent 

And now the line up: 

Iris by John Steventon

Her Eyes by Jon Michael Lennon & Thor Fjalarsson

Cowboy by Leslie Anderson

Whatever by Shawn "Scott" Smith

Vugz by Bob Corby

Kathleen's Patronus Memory by Kathleen Coyle & Jason Young

Shimmer by Brian John Mitchell

Dragon's Breath by Mari Naomi

Spy Guy in Paper vs. Pad by Mike Kitchen

Mutant Elf by Steve Myers

Siegfried & Humie by Matt & Jeanie Bryan

A Cornelia Story by Kel Crum

Nocturnal Contemplations by Kris Lachowski

Oddly Matched Even by Mike Carroll

The Possum in I'll Take Door Number Four, Bob by Blair Kitchen

Tales of the Night Watchman - The Long Fall by Dave Kelly & Lara Antal

Nothin' but a Hound… Something by Joseph Davidson

Occupied by Ray Tomczak

Fibula by Maryanne Rose Papke 

Thanks to all the contributors especially to Brian John Mitchell of Silber Media for putting it together.


Tuesday, March 20, 2012


So I'm rooting through my tabs and came across some former/current exhibitor news...

There will be a showing of Jim Rugg's work in Pittsburgh. Opening's on March 29th at the Toonseum in Pittsburgh.

Nate Powell's e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e. He's working on an issue of Jeff Lemire's Sweet Tooth and will be adapting Rick (Percy Jackson) Riordan's Lost Hero into comic form. Nate will be once again tabling at the show this year.


Sparkplug is trying to raising funds to publish the stuff the late Dylan Williams was working on before he passed away from cancer last year...
'Reich, a series by Elijah Brubaker, is the ongoing biography of eminent sexologist Wilhelm Reich; this will be issue 9.  Olga Volozova, who has released Rock That Never Sleeps (a collaboration with Juliacks) and The Airy Tales through Sparkplug, brings us The Golem of Gabirol.  Each of these will have full color covers and black and white interior pages.'


Steve Niles is trying to work out an alternative to Diamond with one of my favorite labels- Epitaph Records. Locals will know, was (and is) the label for New Bomb Turks. This would be crazy awesome if it happens.

Monday, March 12, 2012

2011 SPACE Prize Winners!

We are proud to announce the 2011 SPACE Prize winners from the books which were collected at SPACE 2011. The prizes will be presented in three categories-
General, Minicomic / Short Story and Webcomic.
2011 judges were John Porcellino, Rafer Roberts, Matt Feazell and Michael Carroll along with the popular vote by the 2011 SPACE Exhibitors.

The 1st place winner of the General SPACE prize will recieve a cash prize of $300.00 and a plaque.
The 1st place winners of the Minicomic / Short Story and Webcomic categories will each win a $50.00 cash prize and a plaque. The 2nd and 3rd place winners in each category will recieve plaques.

 The plaque presentation will be held during SPACE 2012 on April 21, 2012 at the
Ramada Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Columbus.

...and the winners are...

General Category

1st Place: Diabetes Funnies by  Colin Upton

2nd Place: Blink:So Far by  Max ink

3rd Place: Shadow Play by Chad Sell

Minicomics / Short Story Category

1st Place: Sing, Sing by Paul Zdepski       
2nd Place: And Then One Day #8 by Ryan Claytor  
3rd Place: Grixly #18 by Nate McDonough

Webcomics Category

1st Place: Spoilers by  Kevin Czapiewski
2nd Place Tie: Double Clicked Comics by Justin Heins and  Ryan Tackett
2nd Place Tie: Tales of a Checkered man by Denver Brubaker
More info about the winners at the SPACE Prize page.
Entries for the 2012 SPACE Prize will be collected at SPACE 2012.
If you are interested in being a sponsor of the 2012 SPACE Prize see info at SPACE Prize Sponsors.


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Blink book "Wonka Wonka Kochalka," a Gallery Show

To celebrate the completion of Max Ink's newest Blink book "Wonka Wonka Kochalka," a Gallery Show of the comic is on display at Wild Goose Creative throughout March and April. "Wonka Wonka Kochalka" is the first chapter in the graphic novel, BLINK: SO IT GOES and the exhibit features all 33 pages (over 40 feet!) of the original comic book art.

There will be two events during the course of this exhibition:

**Gallery Night Reception**Thursday, March 15th 7p-9p This is going to be a relaxed evening of comics and conversation with complimentary food and drinks provided by CK Catering as well as free BLINK mini comics.

***BLINK: "Wonka Wonka Kochalka" Book Release Party! ***Friday, March 30th 7p-11p This is it! Max Ink's "Wonka Wonka Kochalka" book will finally be released to the world (8 years in the making!) and it's gonna be a PARTY with lots of food, drinks (provided again by CK Catering) and live music! Featuring JASON QUICKSALL, ELIJAH AARON, The SATURDAY GIANT, The PSYCHOTIC BLONDES (Bree Frick & Molly Winters of The SALTY CARAMELS) and the evening's festivities will be MC'd by IAN HUMMEL. There will be a CHARITY RAFFLE (to benefit the Wild Goose, which is non-profit) with plenty of comics & prizes awarded throughout the night.

Max Ink's BLINK comic book series is set in the neighborhoods of Columbus and features "slice-of-life" stories about three charming characters, Hank, Sam and Blink. Since its inception in 2003, BLINK has showcased numerous Columbus landmarks and hang outs such as Goodale Park, Stauf's Coffee House and the Park of Roses. "Wonka Wonka Kochalka" is no different: the 32-page story is set the Wild Goose Creative and the Rumba Cafe.

Ink's work has received much praise over the years, with many reviewers commenting on the beautiful art and real-life dialog. But the characters themselves are the focus in BLINK; to the point where they seem "less like characters and (more like) people you could easily know.” The style and tone of Ink's stories is "smooth and natural, and just happens. It's real life right on the printed page." One reviewer even likened reading BLINK to "a refreshing adult beverage — relaxing, comfortable, and yet eye-opening in noticing the world from a new perspective."

The exhibit features all the pages from the "Wonka Wonka Kochalka" chapter in sequence, so viewers can actually read the comic in its entirety on the gallery wall! Each piece of sequential art measures 14" X 17" and is drawn in pen and ink. The printed book will be available for sale on March 30th as well as copies of "Behind the Sketchbook: The Making of Wonka Wonka Kochalka."

Facebook Event page--
(614) Magazine article about Max and the Blink Exhibit--


Monday, March 5, 2012

Nix Western Comics #1 Kickstarter / Columbus Indie Comix Fair

Last weekend's Indie Comix Fair was a roaring sucess mostly due to mastermind, Ken Eppstein, who got the media out in droves to promote it.  We had coverage in the Columbus Dispatch Weekender, Columbus Alive, and The Other Paper.  The small show which showcased about 10 local small press publisher drew a pretty health crowd.  I was talking most of the day and went home hoarse.  I also sold a record number of weekend SPACE passes at a single event.
Please support Ken and Nix comics by contributing to his current kickstarter program,
Nix Western Comics #1 Kickstarter
Nix Western Comics #1 is scheduled to premiere at SPACE.  Also premiering from Nix is
Nix Comics For Kids #1 Starring Boy Howdie which you can find out more about at the SPACE Premiere Comics Page.