Tuesday, April 30, 2013

SPACE Education Panel Video and More

The SPACE Education Panel Video is now up at UVN http://www.undergroundvideonetwork.com/
also an interview with SPACE Prize Minicomics winner Ryan Claytor.

We finally started uploading our approximate 300 photos up on Facebook with the Friday Events. More to come. SPACE 2013 Friday


MIX 2013!

I recieved this e-mail fro Robert Loss about the upcoming MIX 2013:
Hello All,
I am pleased to officially announce the return of Mix: CCAD's Celebration of Comics, a symposium designed to bring together diverse academic and artistic perspectives in one event. I have attached the symposium's Call for Proposals, which features an expanded range of presentation formats and five suggested themes. I would be grateful if you might share the CFP and/or the link to our event page (see below) with your colleagues. Naturally, I hope you'll consider joining us for this exciting weekend, too.

 Mix 2013
When: Friday September 27 and Saturday September 28
Keynote Guest: Jeff Smith (Bone, RASL) www.boneville.com
Keynote Event: Friday, September 27 at 7pm, Canzani Center Auditorium (free to the public)
Location: Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH

In conjunction with the symposium, CCAD will host a never-before-seen exhibit of Smith's original artwork from RASL. We will also hold a comics contest for undergraduate students.

Additionally, concurrent with Mix 2013, CCAD will exhibit the paintings of Gary Panter (Jimbo in Purgatory, Dal Tokyo).

Please visit our event page for updates about additional symposium programming and the student contest: http://www.ccad.edu/events-2013/mix

Best Regards,
Robert Loss
Visiting Full-Time Faculty
English Department
Mix ‘13 Programming Coordinator
Columbus College of Art and Design
60 Cleveland Ave., Columbus OH 43215

Friday, April 26, 2013

Even More SPACE Reports,Photos & Book Reviews

A Few Notes On Visiting New York's MoCCA Arts Fest 2013 And S.P.A.C.E. 2013 In Columbus by Tom Spurgeon  at Comics Reporter

More SPACE Book Reviews at Optical Sloth http://www.opticalsloth.com/
Various Artists – Fuzy http://www.opticalsloth.com/?p=21845
Sell, Chad – Fool Girl: Of Monkeys and Masks http://www.opticalsloth.com/?p=21852
Dembicki, Matt and Carol; Auger, Michael J. – Bad Habits #1 http://www.opticalsloth.com/?p=21860



Tuesday, April 23, 2013

SPACE Video, Pictures and Blogs

UVN's Video of the SPACE Prize Presentations

Jeremy Baum On SPACE

More Comic Related Pics

Ryan Claytor's Blog 2013 S.P.A.C.E. Wrap-Up

Steve Peter's Photos



Panels In Pink Arists' Reception April 29!

"Panels In Pink: A Celebration of Female Comics Creators" is a new exhibition spotlighting the work of several female comics artists and writers, mostly from in and around the Central Ohio area. The exhibit, produced in co-operation with Columbus cartoonists group Sunday Comix and curated by SC member Canada Keck, will be adorning the walls of local arts space Wild Goose Creative, located at 2491 Summit Street, from now until the end of the month.
An artists' reception, sure to be attended by many of the talented women listed below, is scheduled for April 29 from 6 until 9 p.m.
Among the creators represented are:
  • Lora Innes
  • Mari Naomi
  • Katherine Wirick
  • Suzanne Bauman
  • Bianca Alu-Marr
  • Katie Valeska
  • Alex Heberling
  • Maryanne Rose Papke
  • Molly Durst
  • Crystal Ash
  • Brandy Foster
  • Sue Olcott
  • Caitlin McGurk
  • Meg Syverud
  • Erin Ash
  • KT Swartz
  • Lis Huey
  • JL Smither
  • Kira Keck
  • Canada Keck

Face Book Event

Friday, April 19, 2013

Now Available On-line

Two books which premiered at SPACE 2013 now available on-line.
SPACE Anthology 2013
Oh,Comics #21 "Magic"

Thursday, April 18, 2013

More SPACE Blogs & Video

Matt Kish’s Spudd 66 blog: IN S.P.A.C.E. NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU SCREAM: The Evidence

UVN Video  Interview with Bob Corby


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Eisner Award Nominees at SPACE

Congratulations to our friends who were at SPACE last weekend and are nominated for Eisner Awards
Best Reality-Based Work,  Best Graphic Album – New, Best Writer/Artist &  Best Lettering
You'll Never Know, Book 3: A Soldier's Heart, by C. Tyler (Fantagraphics)
Best Penciller/Inker & Best Lettering
Joseph Remnant, Harvey Pekar's Cleveland (Zip Comics/Top Shelf)

Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism
The Comics Reporter,  edited by Tom Spurgeon
Best Publication Design
Wizzywig, designed by Ed Piskor and Chris Ross (Top Shelf)


First Batch of Pics, Blogs, Etc. from SPACE 2013


Monday, April 15, 2013

Thanks from SPACE 2013

SPACE 2013 is over in a flash.  It  looks like our most successful show ever.  Thanks to all the exhibitors for making it such a great event and all the people who helped especially my family for running it and everybody who came out! Hope everybody had a safe trip home.


Sunday, April 7, 2013

More SPACE Exhibitors

Mike Madsen:
Mike Madsen makes the Internet slightly worse with his website Aceman Spaceman. He is also a founding member of Cowboy House.

Mark Mariano:
MARK MARIANO is a children's comic book artist based in northern New Jersey. He is the creator of the books Flabbergast and Happyloo, and his work has won awards like the 2011 Wowie Zowie Award for Best Webcomic: The O>MATICS Rock and Read and the 2010 Silver Moonbeam Award for Best Graphic Novel: Flabbergast: Science Friction. He shares his passion for the medium through teaching events with the Kids Comic Con, guest speaking at Rutgers University, classroom visits, working with the Ronald McDonald House, and the Christopher Barron Live Life Foundation.

Joe Mochove & Rusty Rowley:
Rusty and Joe produce the comic, Full Sanction, as well as the zine, Dirt Worse. Rusty was born in the  ghettos of Lithuania and lost both hands in tragic pigeon breeding accident. Joe was found in an abandoned refrigerator at the age of 12 and teaches privileged children how to love. They are also personal beasts who cast a warming light of magic upon the world. Come bask in their mighty glow.

Monkeys Retreat :
Darryl and Ro-Z Mendelson of Monkeys Retreat have been distributing and retailing small press independent comics since 1975. They actually started selling underground comix in 1968.
Joseph Morris:
Joseph Morris is Owner/Operator of TORC Press, a Small Press Comix Publisher based out of the middle of nowhere.  He is compulsively driven to create bizarre comix.  Lots of bizarre comix.  He is currently focusing on four books: "Clown & Penguin", "Death Moth", "SDF", and "Pulp Horrorshow".  He also loves tacos.

Sarah Morton:
Sarah began her illustrious career as an artist in Kindergarten, when she would accept candy in return for doing other kids’ art projects (a gig she would continue through high school). In college, she was an art student for exactly one semester before moving on to other endeavors like photography, journalism, photojournalism, and urban planning. She now lives in Chicago and raises money for a non-profit during the day.
In her spare time, Sarah is currently working on Volume 3 of Seasonal, a graphic novel about imploding relationships within a big box store in suburban Utah. Next, she plans to start a series of autobiographical comics based on her aforementioned career experiences. You can see more of Sarah’s work at sarahannmorton.com.

Dara Naraghi:
Dara Naraghi was born in Iran and educated in the United States. An Ohio State University alum, he works in the information technology field, but his passion is for the comics medium. His debut graphic novel, Lifelike, has garnered many positive reviews, from the likes of award-winning novelist Cory Doctorow, and cartoonist Sam Kieth. His other notable graphic novels include the Terminator Salvation official movie prequel, and Witch & Wizard: Battle for Shadowland (both New York Times Bestsellers), as well as works for Image Comics, IDW Publishing, Dark Horse, and DC Comics. Dara is also a founding member of the comic book writers/artists collective known as PANEL, with whom he has produced 19 volumes of their comics anthology. Dara lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife, daughter, and the world’s sweetest hound dog.

Michael R. Neno:
Publisher since 1987 of fine comics and publications. Creator of the online strips Quacky Pig and Friends, The Mesh and Freak Cave. Publisher of The Signifiers, Quacky Pig and Lovey Dovey coloring books and the Xeric Award-granted Reactionary Tales. Have freelanced for Dark Horse, Nix Comics Quarterly, Paul Pope's Horse Press, Caliber and Cracked Magazine. Have illustrated novels for Airship 27 and created posters for musicians like Dawn Landes, Moon High and Billy Cash.

Maryanne Papke:
Silly, cute, short comics, and new this year: Gay Vikings!

John Porcellino:
was born in Chicago, in 1968, and has been writing, drawing, and publishing minicomics, comics, and graphic novels for over twenty-five years. His celebrated self-published series King-Cat Comics, begun in 1989, has inspired a generation of cartoonists. Diary of a Mosquito Abatement Man, a collection of King-Cat stories about Porcellino’s experiences as a pest control worker, won an Ignatz Award in 2005, and Perfect Example, first published in 2000, chronicles his struggles with depression as a teenager. King-Cat Classix and Map of My Heart, published in 2007/2009, offer a comprehensive overview of the zine's first sixty-one issues, while Thoreau at Walden (2008) is a poetic expression of the great philosopher’s experience and ideals. According to cartoonist Chris Ware, "John Porcellino's comics distill, in just a few lines and words, the feeling of simply being alive."
Porcellino's work has been translated into French, German, Spanish, Swedish, Italian, and Korean. He currently lives in South Beloit, Illinois.

Joseph Remnant:
Joseph Remnant is a Los Angeles-based artist/cartoonist whose comics and illustrations have appeared in Arthur Magazine, Juxtapoz and The New York Times. He's the creator of the comic book series "Blindspot" and was a frequent collaborator with the late, great comics writer, Harvey Pekar. Remnant began illustrating short stories with Pekar for Smith Magazine's Pekar Project which led to him being asked to illustrate the full length graphic novel, "Harvey Pekar's Cleveland." It was released April 2012 by Zip Comics and Top Shelf Productions.  He is currently working on a new graphic novel titled, "Cartoon Clouds," which is being serialized on the comics website, theexpositorcomics.com. 

Jonathon Riddle:
Jonathon Riddle has been writing and drawing comics since childhood, his first comics work being an adaptation of The Return of the Jedi rendered in crayon at the age of four. He is a graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design with a major in illustration. He currently lives in Columbus, Ohio, where he is a regular contributor to the Ohio-based comic anthology “Oh, Comics!” With Only Five Plums is his first graphic novel.

Lorenzo Ross:
Lorenzo Ross is a cartoonist and painter that lives in Chicago. Complicated Hair is based on his years of working at retail art supply stores and the cast of characters he encountered. Awesome 5! is inspired by an admiration of the superhero teams of the 50's and 60's along with the sarcasm of adult swim. Alternative City is a somewhat darker disjointed tale in the vein of Twin Peaks. If you would like to read weekly installments of any of these comics they are available at www.alternativecitycomics.com.

K. Sekelsky:
K. Sekelsky is an illustrator and author from Johnstown, PA. She wrote and illustrated The Time Traveler's Pocket Guide, and has produced a number of webcomics and minicomics over the years.

Chad Sell:
Chad works in a variety of styles on a lot of different comic projects, but most people know him because of his work depicting the drag queens of Rupaul's Drag Race! (yeah, he's as perplexed by that as you are.)

Sam Spina :
Sam Spina made a daily diary comic for three years and stopped but still does it sometimes. He also won a  xeric award for his comic, Fight (a comic about fighting).

Talcott Star:
Rescue Archaeology is a blend of memory, imagination, and observation, filtered through poetry and poured into a comic.
Octopus Story follows a curious octopus who is bored with the ocean on an adventure through the everyday world. It encounters new people, places, and modes of transportation. and gains the companionship of one black kitten along the way.

Ben Tiede:
Ben Tiede went to the University of Saint Francis where he studied Animation.  Inspired by his two childhood heros, Bill Waterson and Jeff Smith, Ben has thrown his hat into the cartooning ring.
J. Tungol:
J. Tungol is the writer/artist of "Death to Dinksville," a conspiracy-zombie-slasher-whodunit!
Christina Wald:
Christina Wald is an illustrator, industrial designer and most of the time works on children
’s books and toys.
Pop Smoothie: Strange tales from the Blender is a comic that is a distillation of the pop-culture invading her brain. She has the TV on too much as background noise
Yes, she did a lot of illustration for RPGs and CCGs in the 90s (some of the art is posted here: http://christinawaldgames.blogspot.com/
She lives in Cincinnati with my toy engineer husband Troy (Fun Factoid: Troy used to be on the Batman team at Kenner Toys and also designed toys for Ghostbusters, Rat Fink, Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean and many other lines) and 2 cats (they dont design anything really).
Jacob Warrenfeltz:
Jacob Warrenfeltz is an illustrator in Takoma Park, Maryland. He illustrated stories in various issues of underground comics Plastic Farm, Red Chapel, Fubar, Slambang, The Alberic Heresies, Trickster: Native American Tales, Iconoplastic, The End, and District Comics (just to name a few).
Jacob is also a founding member of the D.C. Conspiracy, a Washington D.C. independent comics creators group, a co-op publishing group creating genre themed anthologies like horror anthology Shear Terror, the exquisite corpse Dr. Dremo, and the gritty The Spoils of Crime.  He is a regular contributor to the group’s current project, The Magic Bullet comic newspaper.
Debuting at SPACE is Villains Galore, the story of a semi-retired super villain's attempts at a normal life.
Eric Watkins:
Eric Watkins is the creator of the titles Chosen & Forsaken and the forthcoming series Mars and The Man in the Kitty Coat. Eric helped found Broken Icon Comics in 2009 and Tri-State Comic Con in 2012 with his business partner, James Maddox.
Watkins is constantly taking his love for the comic book genre to new heights. Watkins is not only one of the key producers on his upcoming projects with Kevin Steward, Todd Beistel and Ezequiel Pineda, but also devotes a large portion of his time to the creation, execution and publication of others in the independent comic world.
Katherine Wirick:
Everyone in my comics is dead.
Jeff Zwirek:
Jeff Zwirek, a.k.a Jeffrey Antacid, a.k.a Jeff Z is a self-publishing cartoonist. His comics work includes Jack Rabbit, Black Star, Pinstriped Bloodbath, and Burning Building Comix. He has received a nomination for an Ignatz award, and his comics have been named "Notable Comics" multiple times by the Best American Comics anthology. He's also one of the organizers of CAKE, the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo. He lives and works in Chicago, with his wife and two sons.


Saturday, April 6, 2013

a friendly reminder of some of the pre & post stuff going on with SPACE:

Friday the 12th:

- a highly recommended tour through the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library. 5-7pm. The largest repository of comic art in the country. located on OSU's campus next to the Wexner Center. cartoons.osu.edu

- pre-show party at the Laughing Ogre. (4258 N High St.) from 7:30pm till 11pm. If you have a chance, I suggest sneaking out for an ice cream fix at Jeni's ice cream next door then popping back for the comic love.

Saturday the 13th:
- Drink & Jam Live art event at the Bow Tie's lounge (in the hotel). 8pm- 12pm. 

- S.P.A.C.E. Polymaths After Party Pageant @ the Kerouac Café 2250 N. High St. (campus) 8pm till ?
*for further details, check out the programming page.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

"PANELS IN PINK" Now Showing At Wild Goose Creative

"Panels In Pink: A Celebration of Female Comics Creators" is a new exhibition  spotlighting the work of several female comics artists and writers, mostly from in and around the Central Ohio area.  The exhibit, produced in co-operation with Columbus cartoonists group Sunday Comix and curated by SC member Canada Keck, will be adorning the walls of local arts space Wild Goose Creative, located at 2491 Summit Street, from now until the end of the month. 
Among the creators represented are:
  • Lora Innes
  • Mari Naomi
  • Katherine Wirick
  • Suzanne Bauman
  • Bianca Alu-Marr
  • Katie Valeska
  • Alex Heberling
  • Maryanne Rose Papke
  • Molly Durst
  • Crystal Ash
  • Brandy Foster
  • Sue Olcott
  • Caitlin McGurk
  • Meg Syverud
  • Erin Ash
  • KT Swartz
  • Lis Huey
  • JL Smither
  • Kira Keck
  • Canada Keck
An artists' reception, sure to be attended by many of the talented women listed above, is scheduled for April 29 from 6 until 9 p.m.
The show will be open 1 to 5 PM on Friday, April 12 the day before SPACE.


Monday, April 1, 2013

SPACE Exhibitor Bios Part 6

Tim Fuller:
Tim Fuller began self publishing cartoons in Hooha Comics in 1978. He contributed the series “The Blue Beagle,” to Fantagraphics’ Critters and “Cap’n Catnip” to Charlton Bullseye. Tim created countless strips and cartoons for various fanzines, mini comics and magazines, including The Comic Buyers Guide and Starlog.
In 2006, after a self-imposed exile from making comics, Tim came full circle and began actively publishing his cartoons again. He collected his various “Blue Beagle” stories into a book. In 2009 he began assembling a Cincinnati-based anthology, deliciously titled “Twelve-Way with Cheese.” The collaborative effort brought together a dozen like-minded artists who branded themselves The Zombie Marge Comix Group. His ongoing projects include a “Zombie Marge” webcomic, and SHAM Comics, his rewritten golden age stories.
His work cam be seen at hoohacomics.com and zombiemarge.blogspot.com
Deshawn Hall:
Manneristic Studios is an animation and publishing studio that focuses on Christian and Educational based content. We have integrated 3D modeling into the comic book format to create a unique and photorealistic look to match our energetic storytelling.

Tom Hart:
Tom Hart is the creator of SAW as well as the cartoonist of Hutch Owen, Daddy Lightning and others. The Sequential Artists Workshop (SAW) is the premier alternative comics school in the country, offering a single-year intensive program, several week-long visiting artist workshops per year and various other classes and workshops.
Scott Hedlund:
Scott Hedlund is the artist for the web comic: Weirdlings. Under the creator-owned imprint, Weirdlings ( www.weirdlings.com ), Scott has also added his artistic talents to Chaos Punks, World of Orenda, Fairhaven, Dark Times and Reverie.

Taylor Hicks and Dorian Lafferre:
Taylor Hicks and Dorian Lafferre are illustrators from Columbus Ohio, currently attending CCAD. They make verything: Comics, posters, prints, drawings, paintings, sculptures, and even twist-tie figures.

Stephen Hines:
I was born a poor white boy in a little Ohio hicktown up north (Willard: where the men are men & the sheep are nervous) and moved to southwestern OH in 1998. Now I'm an older albino leperboy who works too much (I teach, therefore I'm insane).
So far I've written one novel, Hocus Focus, published in 2008, and one graphic novel, Valedictorian USA, which is being published issue by issue. There are samples of Valedictorian on the book's section of my site (click the title on the main menu). Please buy a copy if you like what you see.
Also, I recently finished a web comic strip series called Clyde the Redneck.
What am I working on now? Well, for now: a memoir mini-comic series called Crackerstacker, and a few assorted comic book series and one-shots. Stay tuned!

DJ Hufford:
DJ was born and raised in the Central Ohio by British parents and incorporates those sensibilities into his writing. He was first published in the 5th grade, and wrote movie reviews for the now defunct Bumscorner.com. Currently DJ is writing the indie comic sensation Yuri: The Awakening
R. Hendricks:
Stranger Two Stranger is a mini comic by R. Hendricks that illustrates Craigslist's missed connections from Chicago, Detroit, New York and San Francisco.
The idea of illustrating anonymous people’s attempts at getting the attention of others fascinated me. Some descriptions are very detailed about their encounters, while others lack specifics and could happen anywhere. Yet these notes are typed up and sent into the wide world of the internet in the hopes that they will hit their mark. The stories range from the sweet to the strange, yet I always find them interesting.
Note:**My mini comic was inspired by a great anthology of comics edited by Julia Wertz called “I Saw You…” that compiles comics from many talented artists to illustrate tales of real-life missed connections from Craigslist and newspapers around the country.**
Erik Hodson:
Erik Hodson has been in the comics industry for over 7 years as an independent publisher and creator. Most recently Erik has worked illustrating sketchcards for Breygent Marketing on properties such as Transformers and Warlord of Mars. Despite being disabled by the disease Scleroderma, Erik has worked hard to become a professional artist. From his lighthearted webcomic Chad the Fat Kid to his contemporary comic related art Erik has become a fan favorite at conventions across the nation.
Thom Hotka:
The Ocean Shard- with it, you could give energy to an entire city, or raze it to the ground, so the legends on the planet of Nextuus go.
Though many have tried to find the shard and failed, a new group of adventurers takes up the challenge.
Many obstacles will stand in the way of their goal; the mysterious psychic Ways, the powerful and dangerous NIX organization, and their own doubts about the very existence of the prize they seek.
Lora Innes:
Lora Innes graduated Suma Cum Laude in 2002 from the Columbus College of Art and Design with a Bachelors in Fine Art. She worked for several years at the Artifact Group, doing illustration for clients such as Fisher Price, Mattel, McGraw Hill, Nickelodeon, Scholastic and Simon & Schuster. Now she writes and draws The Dreamer and wouldn’t trade it for the world.
Ted Intorcio:
Ted Intorcio is the  Owner/Operator of Tinto Press LLC and creator of the auto-bio comic Head & Torso. (HeadandTorso.blogspot.com )Tinto Press recently published HOMESICK by Jason Walz; part autobiography, part fiction.
Cara Kennedy:
 In the Grim Darkness of the far future in the Warhammer 40K universe, a hodgepodge squadron is formed to handle the toughest and strangest of missions.
Matt Kish:
Matt Kish lives somewhere in Ohio with his wife and their two frogs. He talks to planets.
Chad Lambert:
Chad Lambert is an award-winning comic book writer known for his work in small press comics, including Possum At Large, Kill the Revisionist, and Return to Point Pleasant. Ray Bradbury referred to Return to Point Pleasant as “superb and frightening! Bravo!”
Chad also appeared in the feature-length documentary Eyes of the Mothman, which explores the Appalachian folklore of paranormal activity in West Virginia. He will also be appearing in the Discovery Channel’s American Monsters & Mysteries later this spring.
Chad was also one of the writers of the Megamind and Kung Fu Panda comics from Ape Entertainment and DreamWorks Animation, as well as BloodRayne for Digital Webbing Press. Chad is also editor on Bluewater’s COMICS, a new biography series that focuses on stand-up comedians, television sitcom stars and other influential funny people from the past 50 years.
Chad is currently appearing in the pages of Dark Horse Presents in a series of autobiographical stories about his days in radio.
Chris Ludden:
Welcome to Harrison: Chicago's ugly step-sister and home to two brothers Grant.
Sam is the city's grumpiest bounty hunter. He spends his days on the gray side of the law and his nights watching CSI marathons. Kevin is an author who hit big on his first novel. The second isn't coming as easy.
Together, they will make terrible decisions in pursuit of justice.