Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Exhibitor Bios Part 2

Matthew Bennardo:
Matthew Bennardo lives in Cleveland, Ohio. He co-edited the science-fiction anthology Machine of Death, which was a #1 bestseller on Amazon in 2010.
He graduated from Case Western Reserve University with degrees in English and business management. Currently he is a partner with Ryan North and David Malki ! in Bearstache Books, the imprint which publishes Machine of Death. A second volume in the series is forthcoming in 2012.
Matthew has also sold short fiction to markets such as Asimov's Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Daily Science Fiction, and Shimmer.

Pam Bliss:
When mammoths still roamed the earth, Pam Bliss was born in Ohio. There she got an eclectic education that made her into a lifelong smartaleck.
In 1985, she moved to Indiana, and she has been drawing and making up stories in that state ever since. Four years later, under the influence of Matt Feazell and other pioneering small pressers, she combined the art and the stories in her first minicomic. Kekionga, that Indiana of the mind, was born.
As a creator, Pam is dedicated to natural media drawing with paper, pen and brush, hand lettering, the cartoon short story, and exploring the endless potential of the handmade minicomic. But she has been known to venture into unknown territory on occasion. She also writes about comics, and sometimes teaches.
Her other interests include automotive history and car culture, bossa nova music, and dogs, especially Welsh corgis. She retains her childhood fascination with mammoths and watches a great deal of television.
(When it comes to the internet, she is very much an old dog who is learning new tricks.)

Ron Braun:
Ron Braun is an accomplished cartoonist and illustrator whose creativity has birthed such comics as Life As We Know It, Hello Cruel World and most recently, Toon It Up. He also co-founded the Indy Webcomics Group, a community of comic writers and artists in the Indianapolis area.
His "career" began in doing cartoons and illustrations for his High School and College newspapers. More comissioned work followed in the form of floral illustrations and various one-off cartoons, one of which was published in Starlog Magazine.
In the late 80's, he made a foray into single-panel cartoons, selling a dozen or so to various magazines and newspapers.
In 1991, his first comic strip Rob & Ron's Rock Talk debuted and ran in several midwestern music-oriented magazines for the next few years. The strip also spawned a comic book collection that was sold in finer comic shops around the country.
Rock Talk spun off into Life As We Know It, a strip that ran from 1995-1998. In 1997, it made it's web debut and was quickly picked up for online syndication by one of the more popular music websites of the time. It was also seen internationally in a dozen or so magazines and newspapers during its run.
In 2003, Hello Cruel World, Ron's first exclusively web-based comic, debuted. The strip ran from 2003-2005 in which time it received many positive reviews and online syndication by World Famous Comics, a popular geek culture website. The webcomic also gave way to a strip within itself with 2004's Dakk Waggitt, Platypus For Hire.
His current website began in 2006 as the home of the comic strip Toon It Up, which, during the year it ran was syndicated online by two popular rock radio sites and was active for another couple of years in Magazine in Indianapolis, IN (along with two of Ron's other comics, Modern Daze and Pete & Pig). When the strip ended online, the site became an artblog to showcase the more varied work Ron has been doing as of late and will soon highlight the graphic novel he's been working on that features his popular platypus character, Dakk Waggitt.

Gary-Paul Bonesteel:
Bonesteel is a graduate of the Center For Cartoon Studies where he learned many things from how to draw a straight panel boarder to how to track an elk in the dead of night.
Bonesteel's comics take pop culture, put it in a blender, add a dash of humor and or horror, and puree until you have fine blend of awesome comics. For Example the current comic that is being worked on is called Jason. It's a comic about Jason Voorhees with ennui.

Anna Bowles:
Anna Bowles has been published in Fat Chunk Vol. 1: Robots and indie comic anthologies Gothology I & II. She draws a webcomic about a girl space-explorer and her stuffed flamingo at She is currently attending Grand Valley State University in western Michigan.

Brent Bowman:
Brent Bowman is a graduate of the Columbus College of Art And Design with a degree in Illustration. A lifelong comics fan, Brent has been drawing since he was old enough to pick up a pencil. His work has appeared in publications by Image Comics and Caliber Press, as well as the collectible card game Age of Empires. Hes a contributing member of PANEL, a local comics collective that publishes two anthologies a year. Brent has been nominated for the small press SPACE prize in 2008, 2010 and 2011 for both his PANEL work and his own original self published comics. He lives in Columbus Ohio with his wife and two boys.

Lee Bradford:
The Bend has been a web publication for four years, featuring cannibals, magic, government takeovers, and only the best of crime. Now included in the Cannibal Coalition is a written novel called These Corpses of Men, which is awaiting publication. Come over and see us!

Heather Breckel:
Heather Breckel is a freelance colorist and self publishing comic warrior. She has most recently worked on the My Little Pony comic, Peter Panzerfaust, Godzilla:HCW, and Number 13. When not coloring, she draws and writes her own comics and throws them at people.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Stop #2 on the Pre-SPACE Tour- MSU Comics Forum!

This weekend the MSU Comics Forum! I'll be there selling discount SPACE passes and bumper stickers along with the usual BPC Comics!  Also SPACE Exhibitors Chad Sell, Jay Jacot, Kevin Eckert, Matt Feazell, Robert Hendricks & Ryan Claytor will be in attendence.


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Exhibitor Bios Part 1

Eric Adams:
Eric is best known as the creator of LACKLUSTER WORLD, a dark satire comic series about an albino man using vandalism and his job as a newspaper journalist to change the world at large before it changes him.
In 2006, he illustrated STUART, a short story penned by Chris Arrant which  ran in NEGATIVE BURN.  Eric is also a contributor to, writing SEQUENTIAL SMARTS, a thorough series of articles about marketing comics from the perspective of a small press / self-publisher (currently on hiatus).
Eric is also a foolish man that tries to make a living by running a web/graphic design agency.

Troy-Jeffrey Allen:
Fanboys are like @$$holes. Er...that means they go well with opinions. And the Menagerie of Kick-Assery podcast/blogcast is no different.
Hosted by That_Urban_Punk (Android Massacre), Derek Scarzilla (Action A Go Go), Troy-Jeffrey Allen (Bamn, District Comics), and producer Gene Green,  "The Menagerie" invites internet personalities, the contemporary denizens of geek, indie comic creators, ne'erdowells, and soandsos to dissect our beloved geek culture...with a dash of saltiness.
We are M.O.K.A...and now so are you


Leslie and Jarod Anderson:
Leslie and Jarod Anderson (no relation) live in Ohio. Leslie has a MA in poetry, an obsession with ponies, and a deep love of pretty hats. Jarod has a MA in literature, a steadily worsening tattoo addiction, and a comprehensive knowledge of snake care (not a euphemism).
Chris Arndt:
Chris' college degree is in History, which serves him well as the writer for Black Rose. A published researcher, he also serves as an editor for IUSB's Undergraduate and History Research Journals.

Derf Backderf:
Derf sold his first cartoon, a nude portrait of his sixth grade teacher, for $2 dollars to a classmate who used it for unspeakable purposes. Today his comic strip, The City, is one of the most widely-read alternative cartoons, appearing regularly in weekly papers coast to coast.
The cartoonist, who works out of an unheated, attic studio in his Cleveland home, grew up in a rural, small town in Ohio and went to high school with serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. A comic book story about his friendship with Dahmer is available in the store on this website.
An art school dropout, Derf worked on a garbage truck before deciding to give cartooning a try. He attended Ohio State University, where he drew political cartoons for the school paper for three years and caused such controversy school officials put a 1-year limit on all future cartoonists. After graduation, he landed a similar position on a paper in Florida but was fired after two years for, as the editor put it, "general tastelessness." He moved to Cleveland and The City debuted in the now-defunct Cleveland Edition in 1990. A year later, he began selling it to other alternative papers.
Derf's images have also graced t-shirts and cd covers. His manic illustrations have appeared in all manner of publications ranging from Guitar Player magazine to the Wall St. Journal.
His work has been displayed in museums and galleries worldwide. he has been nominated for two Eisner Awards (the Oscars of comix), has been honored by the Society of Professional Journalists, was named the Alternative Press' best cartoonist in 2005 and was the recipient of a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in 2006.

E. J. Barnes:
E. J. Barnes is a
cartoonist, comic-book writer/artist, illustrator, animator, and mandala designer in Cambridge, Massachusetts, near Boston.
Although a
bachelor's degree in Chemistry and a total of 16 years in software engineering are not the usual route to a cartooning career, Barnes feels that she is a better artist for having been a programmer — and a better programmer for having been an artist.
E. J. has shown her work at
conventions and galleries. Her art has been published in various media and used by commercial clients. 
Suzanne Baumann:
Suzanne  likes to make things. She’s been publishing minicomics under the name Fridge Magnet Concoctions since 1995. Before that, when she was a kid, she made her comics public by sticking them on the refrigerator with a magnet. Hence the name.
She lives in Hamtramck, Michigan, which is located in Detroit and is a city apart. She is partially responsible for the awesomeness that is Hatch: A Hamtramck Art Collective.
She also works at a full-time job which is unrelated to anything about comics.

Todd Beistel
While still in high school, Todd self-published Eye of the Probe, a comic anthology. While in college, Todd wrote and illustrated Lost Souls, that was published by Hunter Productions in Lyceum, a comic book anthology, and distributed nationally. Todd illustrates the current comic Yuri: The Awakening

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Pre-SPACE Tour Starts This Week!

Pre-SPACE Tour first stop this weekend at...
Columbus Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show (Stripped Down
Acoustic Show,Only hand printed books and tee shirts)
St. Agatha's Parish Hall 1860 Northam Rd. Upper Arlington OH 43221
11AM to 5PM  February 16, 2013

MSU Comics Forum Artists Alley Michigan State University’s
Snyder/Phillips Hallin East Lansing, MI, 11AM to 5PM March 2nd, 2013.

Ace of Cups Indie Comics Fair Ace of Cups 2619 N. High St. Columbus OH
12 Noon to 5PM  March 9, 2013

Gem City Comic Con Wright State University
Nutter Center Dayton OH March 23 & 24, 2013

We will be spreading the word and selling discount tickets to
SPACE The Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo  
$3.00 for Single Day ($5.00 at the door)
$5.00 Weekend ($8.00 at the door)

Monday, February 4, 2013

2012 SPACE Prize Winners!

Announcing the 2012 SPACE Prize Winners

General Category 1st Place (Tie)

Kiss & Tell A Romantic Resume Ages 0 to 22
Harper Perennial
P.O.Box 30029
San Francisco CA 94133

General Category 1st Place (Tie)

No One is Safe
Kreider-Wirick LLC
Katherine Wirick

General Category 3rd Place

Wild Child #1 Fight or Flight
M Young

Minicomic / Short Story Category 1st Place

And Then One Day #9
Elephant Eater Comics
Ryan Claytor
P.O.Box 4044
East Lansing MI 48826

Minicomic / Short Story Category 2nd Place

“The Only Two” from Panel #18
Ferret Press
Writer: Tony Goins
Artist: Andy Bennett
510 E. Clearview Ave.
Worthington OH 43085

Minicomic / Short Story Category 3rd Place

As Eavesdropped #3
Suzanne Baumann
P.O.Box 12096
Hamtramck MI 48212

Webcomic Category 1st Place
Next Year’s Girl
Katie Valeska

Webcomic Category 2nd Place

Smoke in Your Eyes
The Rumpus

Webcomic Category 3rd Place

The Comicverse
Awakening Comics
Writer: Bianca Alu-Marr
Artist: Steve Peters

Congratulations to all the winners. Plaques will be awarded at the
SPACE Prize presentation at SPACE 2013 on April 13, 2013.

We're hoping to get bigger and better in 2013!
Participate in the 2013 SPACE Prizes by becoming a

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Ohio Art League Comic Art Exhibition and Local Pop Up Shop Reception

From February 7th to 23rd Kenn Eppstein will be curating an exhibit about the process of creating comic books from script to print. For that period of time the Ohio Art League gallery will also serve as a pop up shop featuring comics by local creators!

Please join Ken at the opening reception for this event on Thursday, February 7 between 5:00pm and 8:00pm and watch for invites to the other comic related presentations and events that will be held during the exhibition to help show visitors the past, present and future of comics in Columbus!

Saturday Feburary 9 at 4:00 PM to 5:30PM:
Please join Caitlin McGurk, Engagement Coordinatorfor Ohio State University's Billy Ireland Cartoon Library as she presents the history of Columbus as it pertains to Comic Book creators and cartoonists.